NSW return and earn has doubled container recycling in the state, according to ACOR

Contrary to recent comments to the ABC that, “.. the bulk of the containers that are going into the (NSW) container deposit scheme are containers that would have ordinarily been recycled anyway,” in fact the NSW return and earn scheme has already more than doubled container recycling in the state, according to the Australian Council or Recycling (ACOR).

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Why Coles' plastic bag backflip leaves us worse off than before

Why Coles’ plastic bag backflip leaves us worse off than before

This unprecedented move is in response to strong backlash by customers who are struggling to switch to reusable bags.


Read more: Why plastic bag bans triggered such a huge reaction


We know that offering free lightweight plastic bags causes excessive plastic use. We also know that banning lightweight bags can increase the use of heavier plastic bags (such as bin liners). Coles’ decision brings out the worst of both worlds: giving out heavier plastic bags for free. Read more

Incinerators for waste disposal

Incinerators for waste disposal

Incinerators work by combusting waste thus creating an exothermic reaction between the waste and oxygen from the air. The end products of combustion are molecularly stable despite the fuel source (waste in this instance) differing in element such as gas, wood, coal, liquid petrol, municipal solid waste, medical waste, or hazardous waste).

Well-designed incinerators have a flame zone that is hot enough to break down organic and inorganic molecules in order for reactions to occur between volatile compounds of the waste and the oxygen and nitrogen present in the air. Two predominant reactions occur during combustion which are between carbon and oxygen which produced carbon dioxide, and between hydrogen and oxygen which produced water in the form of vapour. Read more