Coles & Plantic join Australia's war on plastic with renewable meat packaging

Coles & Plantic join Australia’s war on plastic with renewable meat packaging

Plantic Technologies is a world-leading innovator in bio-plastics, with a track-record of science and industry awards, and international network of corporate customers and distributors, and a growing list of premium quality multinational customers.

With the purchase of an expected 121 million recyclable meat and poultry trays in 2018 from the Australian manufacturer Plantic, Coles aims to use the equivalent of 150 million recycled water bottles to help with the country’s plastic waste problem.  Read more

Sodexo & Yume partner to divert tonnes of food waste from landfills

Sodexo & Yume partner to divert tonnes of food waste from landfills

Sodexo in Australia delivers a unique array of over 100 integrated services lines including catering, facilities management, concierge services, security, asset maintenance and hospitality services both on and off shore in the following segments – corporate, healthcare & seniors, education, justice, and energy & resources. Read more

Lake Macquarie enters a new era

Lake Macquarie enters a new era

On July 19, Inside Waste joined numerous dignitaries and VIPs, including Parliamentary Secretary for Planning, the Central Coast and the Hunter, Scot MacDonald, Member for Lake Macquarie, Greg Piper, Lake Macquarie City Council Mayor, Kay Fraser, NSW EPA acting chair and CEO, Anissa Levy, and Remondis Australia CEO Luke Agati at the Awaba Waste Management Facility to officially launch the Lake Macquarie Organics Resource Recovery Facility. Read more

McDonald's Australia joins the fight against plastic

McDonald’s Australia joins the fight against plastic

The company is currently working with local suppliers to find viable alternatives and will start a trial of paper straws in two restaurants from August this year.

“We know our customers care about more sustainable packaging and, as one of the world’s largest restaurant companies; we know we have the opportunity and responsibility to make real change,” said Robert Sexton, McDonald’s Australia director of supply chain. Read more

The battery market and the circular economy

The battery market and the circular economy

Kuchta, who will be giving a summary of the battery market and the circular economy during the event, caught up with Inside Waste to share a number of interesting insights in this space.

The focal points of her speech will focus on the opportunities and limitations of the circular economy, product design and quality; and on the reuse, recycling and cascade utilisation for both battery materials and their systems.  Read more

Buyer beware? Video report

Buyer beware? Video report

It clarified what responsibilities and liabilities consumers have for resource recovered materials, and what it means when the material is found not to meet specifications or contain asbestos. It also overturns a lot of conventional wisdom as to what the EPA must prove in prosecuting waste offences, and even re-writes our understanding of what is “waste” under NSW’s environmental legislation.

The case has implications for recyclers, transporters, and consumers of resource recovered products, which we discuss below.

Gavin Shapiro is Partner at Hones Lawyers. Contact: gshapiro@honeslawyers.com.au

Getting the conversation started to tackle e-waste with new animation

Getting the conversation started to tackle e-waste with new animation

The new campaign marks the beginning of a two-year effort by Sustainability Victoria, which is formulated to help change the way people think about their old electronics, ahead of the state-wide ban on e-waste in rubbish bins and landfill commencing on July 1 next year.

According to Sustainability Victoria, every year 1.5 million televisions are discarded and over five million mobile phones are bought new. As a result, approximately 70% of toxic chemicals found in landfill come from e-waste. Read more

Everyman's Right Brewery aims to be first carbon-neutral brewer

Everyman’s Right Brewery aims to be first carbon-neutral brewer

The process would see spent grains recycled to produce biogas, which provides energy for future production, with excess biogas used to generate electricity or also used in transportation.

The brewery will also collect and purify carbon dioxide, then recycle it into production. Excess carbon dioxide can be pressurised and sold to third parties.  Read more

New scrap metal laws - are they necessary?

New scrap metal laws – are they necessary?

To recap, if the standards are adopted, every site that stores or handles any scrap metal must comply with the Minimum Environmental Standards in Scrap Metal Industry (PMESSMI) – it will be an offence not to – and meet the following standards:

• all scrap metal (including end-of-life vehicles and white goods) must be stored and dismantled/processed on hardstands under covered areas with appropriate drainage infrastructure; Read more