Making life difficult for illegal dumpers

Illegal dumpers are the bane of many council’s existence. It takes up resources to dispose of the illicit waste, it damages the environment, and most importantly, rate payers must bear the cost of removal. And it is not going anywhere. As of 2019 it was costing Australia approximately $80 million to clean up illegal dumping …
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Implementing the behaviour change continuum

In its most simple and basic form, this is the waste cycle – buy, use, dispose, repeat. If we set aside the environmental, social or economic impacts of this cycle for a moment, we could agree that this is a simple, straight forward and convenient process. However, it is not sustainable. While waste education programs …
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‘Moments of joy’ working in waste industry

Going from biomedical science to waste education was a no brainer for Andrew Snedden. The recently appointed community relationships manager for Clean-Up Australia went from the virology and immunology arena to educating students and communities on how to make their lives and environment cleaner, greener, and more sustainable. It was only a chance encounter with a television programme that made him realise he might follow his current career path in the industry. Read more

Wasted Space: Why butts are bad for business

Hello Minister Greetings from the land of lockdowns, funny-looking marsupials, and the third best cricket team in the world. I’ve decided to quit Minister! No, not the service, although after the Berlin Wall came down I thought it might be on the cards – more space and time to do other things. Things have been …
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The cost of getting an EfW project up and running

Perth’s East Rockingham Waste to Energy is due to go live in June 2022 after what has been described as a long and painful process. Getting an energy-from-waste (EfW) project green lit is not easy with all the permits that are needed, assuaging local councils, and making sure residents are not adversely affected by the …
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