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In a country where Energy from Waste (EfW) facilities have not been widely adopted, building community trust is key. And this is best done with “grass roots” communication and plenty of cups of tea, according to Re.Group’s Garth Lamb.
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Several Victorian councils are trialing glass collection bins in a bid to reduce contamination and minimise the amount of recyclable materials heading to landfill.
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Energy from Waste (EfW) opportunities were explored in detail at a conference in Canberra in late August, as projects for EfW facilities in Australia ramp up.
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John Gertsakis, the co-founder of Ewaste Watch, discusses the benefits of mainstreaming reuse and repair.
The transition to a circular economy is underway across industries, sectors and communities. Noteworthy practical measures are in play as are policy development processes across all levels of government.
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Australian landfill levies are on the move, with significant changes in Queensland and South Australia. The trouble with waste disposal, however, is that it tends to flow to the point of cheapest disposal.
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Germany has long been a leader in waste avoidance and resource recovery (WARR) with its comprehensive recycling infrastructure and scarce landfill operations.
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The Queensland government has reintroduced a waste levy after half a decade of not having one, but “only time will tell what the shake out is”, Waste, Recycling Industry Association of Queensland (WRIQ) CEO, Rick Ralph, said in response to the levy coming into effect on July 1.
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Many Australians are left wondering what to do with that broken hair straighter, that old washing machine that’s been sitting in the garage for 20 years or the Tamagotchi that no longer gets virtually fed.
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Malaysia has ramped up joint inspection and enforcement activities at recycling factories in light of what Malaysia’s environment minister, Yeo Bee Yin, reported as tonnes of contaminated waste arriving from countries such as Australia.
Compostable packaging has held a good reputation in consumers’ minds as war on waste supporters battle their way through single-use plastic packaging and materials that are proving detrimental to the environment.