Germany has long been a leader in waste avoidance and resource recovery (WARR) with its comprehensive recycling infrastructure and scarce landfill operations.
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.
Single-use plastics will be removed from businesses across several locations in South Australia after the government announced the first of many single-use plastic free precincts.
The Queensland government has reintroduced a waste levy after half a decade of not having one, but “only time will tell what the shake out is”, Waste, Recycling Industry Association of Queensland (WRIQ) CEO, Rick Ralph, said in response to the levy coming into effect on July 1.
Many Australians are left wondering what to do with that broken hair straighter, that old washing machine that’s been sitting in the garage for 20 years or the Tamagotchi that no longer gets virtually fed.
Malaysia has ramped up joint inspection and enforcement activities at recycling factories in light of what Malaysia’s environment minister, Yeo Bee Yin, reported as tonnes of contaminated waste arriving from countries such as Australia.
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.
Having worked for Coca-Cola, Heinz and now McCormick, Dr Michael Okoroafor, has seen his fair share of packaging in an industry that relies heavily on keeping food and beverages safe for consumption.
CSIRO researchers and start-up, Goterra, have been testing the ideal combination of conditions that will encourage flies to mate, to then use this knowledge to increase the number of insects that can eat through food waste.
A workplace health and safety group has been formed to better manage safety in the waste industry.