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Is 80 per cent diversion from landfill possible?

One of the biggest contributors to landfill waste is FOGO – specifically food organics. Some of the figures surrounding food waste in Australia make for sober reading. As well as the much touted seven million-plus tonnes that are thrown away every year, and how it produces about five per cent of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions, …
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Finalists for Waste Awards announced

Finalists for the The Waste Innovation & Recycling Awards have been announced. The awards have been developed to recognise those that are leading the way in of making sure targets are being met, creating innovative and new ways of dealing with waste, and dealing with the government bureaucracy and red tape in order to get …
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Show us the money says industry over levies

In June, the NSW government released its long-awaited waste strategy, NSW Waste and Sustainable Materials Strategy 2041. The reaction of many players in the industry was one of relief. They finally had something tangible to look to in terms of what the NSW government was looking to achieve over the next 20 years. Like a …
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Guide helps businesses reduce/recycle food waste

A new guide aims to help food businesses to reduce costs by avoiding or recycling more of the 237,000 tonnes of food waste currently going to landfill. Food waste recycling for business guide follows the release of new figures, based on 433 audits in the food retail and hospitality sector, which shows a significant opportunity …
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E-waste – where money can be made

Old smart phones and retired electric toothbrushes represent a massive resource recovery opportunity for Australia’s e-waste management industry. Warren Overton, chief executive officer at the Australia and New Zealand Recycling Platform (ANZRP), told the audience at the Victorian Waste Management Association conference that there’s huge scope to expand and modernise electronic waste recycling in Australia. …
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Painting a picture of product stewardship

Household paint is becoming a showcase for how stewardship and the circular economy can work in Australia. That may sound like a big call – and I could, of course, be accused of bias in making it – but I think the success of Paintback in its first five years is more than just the …
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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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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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