Wasted Space: Burning rubber and all that

Morning Sir,

Greetings from the burning rubber capital of Oceania – and no, I’m not talking about doing doughnuts in the Aston Martin around the MCG after a few martinis. No, I’m talking stockpiles of tyres – those oil-derived must-haves that keep the wheels of cars, industry, just about everything, turning.

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South Australia’s CDS reform needs direction

At 77 per cent recycling, South Australia’s container deposit scheme (CDS) is in the bottom third in terms of global performance. Most European (and a couple of US) schemes recover well over 90 per cent and Germany sits at 98 per cent. Assuming return rates are the arbiter of a scheme’s success, the recent SA draft CDS reform paper is welcome, providing a comprehensive assessment of the state’s CDS.
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Creating a real carbon pump

The COP26 climate change summit was recently held in Glasgow. The reason we needed the summit was that we know how to pump carbon dioxide into the atmosphere but singularly useless at getting it back out again. Australia releases more than 580MT per year of carbon dioxide equivalent into the global atmosphere. Up to 2.7 per cent of these greenhouse gas emissions are contributed by the waste sector.

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Asahi/CUB join VicRecycle

Asahi Beverages, owner of Carlton & United Breweries, has joined Coca-Cola Europacific Partners and Lion as part of VicRecycle. VicRecycle is proposing to bid to become the Victorian CDS scheme co-ordinator.

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Exports of unprocessed steel scrap need to stop

The scrap metal industry has long been the recycling ‘poster’ child in Australia. With a recycling rate of 90 per cent in 2018-19 according to the 2020 National Waste Report, it outperforms any other material category. This high level of recycling in Australia would not be possible without the millions of dollars invested by the scrap …

Market should lead the way on emissions

Every credible economist has said that a universal price on carbon is the most efficient economic mechanism to drive down Australia’s emissions. It allows the market to make rational price decisions without the dead hand of government intervening. That is exactly what the Federal Liberal/National coalition has preached for decades. Let the market efficiently allocate resources …