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If you care about money or care about the environment or care about climate change, ignore coffee cup recycling and instead focus on organics (particularly food), which represent around 50 per cent of all waste to landfill in Australia.
Australia is facing a growing waste disaster that is being totally overlooked by our government.
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Circular Economy (CE) could be transformative. Transforming an economy from linear consumption to circular materials flow including redesign, recovery, reuse, repurposing, is just that – transformative.
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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 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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The National Waste Report 2018 indicates that more than 67 million tonnes (Mt) of waste, including 14.2 Mt of organics, 6.3 Mt of hazardous waste and 5.6 Mt of paper and cardboard, is generated by Australians each year.
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This story was contributed by Mike Ritchie – the director of MRA Consulting Group.
The Australian Commonwealth has achieved a first – a Minister for Waste (and Environmental Management) was announced by the Morrison government.
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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 …
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 …