Recent pressures on Australia’s waste industry and some local councils reveal thought-provoking views about the desired remedies and solutions. Some of them are well considered, commercially sound and informed; others seem opportunistic and motivated by self-interest.
According to MobileMuster, Australia has more old mobile phones stored away than there are people in the country – equating to at least two for every household, with that number predicted to rise to 30 million by 2028.
If no man is an island, are we better off continuing to work in silos?
In this instalment of Legal Eagle, Kim Glassborow goes back to basics, simplifying and breaking down NSW’s Environment Protection Licences (EPLs).
To help address the issue of even more stringent recycling targets on the way in the EU, Dutch plastics and chemical firm LyondellBasell has teamed up with French environmental services agent SUEZ to develop a facility to produce virgin quality recycled polymers.
A machine installed by City of Melbourne has stopped more than 60 tonnes of garbage from going to landfill in the past year by turning food scraps into wastewater.
Of the stands Inside Waste visited at IFAT, the Eggersmann Group had one of the more impressive spaces.
NSW has dropped its litter volume by 37% since 2013 and Return and Earn has been responsible for a third reduction in its type of drink container litter, according to new litter figures for NSW from Keep Australia Beautiful (KAB).
What motivates different nations to create circular economy agendas do vary – from creating a more competitive economy, to complying with emissions targets and better social outcomes – but despite the motivations, it has become an increasing priority for policymakers around the world.