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Delving deeper into council waste pricing

New South Wales councils need to be more consistent in their pricing and will be regulated to do so, according to Gerard O’Dea, principal analyst for IPART NSW. The independent government agency/regulator published a draft review in late May of the state of domestic waste in NSW. Speaking at the Waste 2021 Conference in Coffs …
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What happens to MRFs when a CDS is implemented?

A Container Deposit System (CDS) is a great idea, but there also has to be changes to other parts of the waste collection equation – such as MRFs – when such a system comes into play. Speaking at the Victorian Waste Management Association conference, consultant Anne Prince asked the question “What changes are there to …
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The future of waste infrastructure

The evolution of sustainable practices, which include waste management, within the infrastructure sector in Australia and New Zealand presents a huge opportunity to make real and valuable long-term positive benefits for the environment. The industry is at cross-roads and through innovation, investment and most importantly, partnerships. We are moving towards a future where we look …
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FOGO in MUDs – how to make it work

As our cities become bigger we are living more in units and flats (MUDs or multi-unit dwellings) rather than houses (SUDs or single unit dwellings). MRA is regularly asked to explain whether FOGO (Food Organic and Garden Organic waste collected in a dedicated green lidded bin, from households) works in MUDs. Although FOGO has multiple …
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Wasted Space: Victorian CDS Schemozzle

Dear Minister, well, well, well. Talk about setting the cat among the pigeons, or should I say, single-use plastics among recyclables. There’s been a bit of an ado within the waste sector about container deposit schemes (CDS). Unlike home, where everybody know their place in Her Majesty’s United Kingdom, it seems our antipodean cousins are …
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Levies on the move and under review

With the Victorian landfill levies to increase by $40 to $105.90 from 1 July 2021 and the Queensland government due to commence its three-year levy review, National Waste and Recycling Industry Council (NWRIC) CEO Rose Read assesses the progress of levy harmonisation. In 2019 the NWRIC white paper – A Review of State Waste and …
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A new era of sustainability in the roads sector

Five years ago, a quiet revolution began – first in a Queensland laboratory, then in a field trial on roads across the state’s vast south western region. The landmark research project’s aims were simple enough: to develop new specifications for spray seals and open-grade asphalt, then plan and conduct crumb rubber demonstrations, monitoring air emissions …
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Victoria’s CDS – who’s right and who’s wrong?

Victoria’s governmental announcement on April 14 that it had made a decision on its Container Deposit Scheme (CDS), which will follow the NSW split responsibility model where there will be network operators and a coordinator. The Victorian government took its time to develop what it considers to be the best option, with more than 3,000 …
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When regulators come knocking

Waste is a highly regulated industry, given it has the potential for significant impacts to human health and the environment if not managed carefully. For this reason, many in the industry will, from time to time, receive an unwelcome visit, call, request, or notice from regulators. These are most commonly WH&S regulators, or environmental regulators …
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Battery Stewardship: if not now, when?

A 2018 CSIRO report titled Lithium Battery Recycling in Australia has identified that Australian lithium ion battery (LIB) waste is growing at a rate of over 20 per cent per annum. In 2016, 3,300 tonnes of LIB waste was generated but only 2 per cent of this was collected and recycled. LIB waste generation is …
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