Ewaste Watch co-founder says mainstreaming reuse and repair is the way to go

John Gertsakis, the co-founder of Ewaste Watch, discusses the benefits of mainstreaming reuse and repair.  The transition to a circular economy is underway across industries, sectors and communities. Noteworthy practical measures are in play as are policy development processes across all levels of government. A key question is whether the initiatives can deliver against the fundamental …
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Australian waste levies – something needs to be done

Australian landfill levies are on the move, with significant changes in Queensland and South Australia. The trouble with waste disposal, however, is that it tends to flow to the point of cheapest disposal. Just like water, waste flows downhill to the lowest point. This has led to unintended outcomes in recent years, such as hundreds …
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Opinion: Australia’s recycling efforts often go unnoticed

This story was contributed by Pete Shmigel – the CEO of the Australian Council of Recycling (ACOR). When you’re blindfolded and holding its tail, you can’t always tell it’s an elephant. And, when it takes a poop on you, you don’t want to stick around to find out. That’s one way of describing the situation …
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Closing the loop on waste and procurement in Australia

This article was contributed by Suzanne Little – an environmental scientist and independent consultant. State governments have set up programs to generate a demand for recycled material, but the response has been smaller than the size of the waste problem in Australia. The burden has fallen mainly on local government, which continues to collect recyclables …
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