Significant nationwide benefits would be generated from an expansion of the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme (NTCRS) to include all electronic and electrical equipment (EEE), according to a new report.
The biennial 2020 Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) Australasian Packaging Conference will be held virtually this year from October 27-30.
The AIP has released the provisional programme which will address the challenges and opportunities facing the packaging industry from global plastics pollution and recycling issues and transformational changes to value and supply chain models.
The conference theme, Packaging: Fit For The Future will be addressed by seventy-four speakers from seven countries delivering more than 28 hours of content.
Some of the key speakers and topics include:
- Barry Cosier, director, sustainability, Australian Food & Grocery Council; Australian Food & Grocery Council (AFGC): Barriers & Enablers for Developing a Packaging Circular Economy.
- Siobhan McCrory Executive General Manager, Sales, Marketing & Innovation Pact Group: Our journey towards the inclusion of recycled content.
- Jean Baillard General Manager TerraCycle Australia & New Zealand: Taking us from disposability to reusability with cutting-edge technology and design that will change the face of packaging as we know it.
- Vikas Ahuja Sustainability Director Tetra Pak Oceania: What is your business doing to meet the Global Sustainable Packaging Targets?
Other speakers include Brooke Donnelly, CEO APCO; Pete Ceglinski, CEO and co-founder, Seabin Project; Margaret Stuart, head of corporate and external relations, Nestlé Oceania; Jeff Maguire, group head of CDS development and implementation, Coca-Cola Amatil; Travis Hatton, food waste lead, Sustainability Victoria and Stephen Webster, general manager, Integrated Recycling.
Live interactive opportunities are also included during the morning tea and lunch breaks to learn about new innovations, materials and equipment available within the industry.
The Irish Department of Communications, Climate Action and the Environment published its Waste Action Plan (WAP) for a Circular Economy last month.
A need for additional space and a desire to separate its mild and stainless steel operations encouraged JC Butko Engineering to build a new factory dedicated to mild steel production.
Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has allocated $250 million to modernise Australia’s recycling infrastructure in last week’s budget.
A national competition has been won with an idea to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by using and reusing mining waste.
A recent study, Community Attitudes to Waste and Recycling by Pact Group, revealed that 81 per cent of Australians are not confident they recycle everything effectively.
In an article published by Independent Commodity Intelligence Services, the European recycled polyethylene terephthalate (R-PET) market will continue to see significant variances in demand levels on a case-by-case bases, as well as lower availability of post-consumer bottles (PCB) toward the end of the month, though impact on prices will be limited.
A push towards new jobs in a circular economy is a key driver behind new research on the use of recycled materials in roads and footpaths.