In a country that generated 67Mt of waste in the span of a year, there is an appetite for change to the way consumers, manufacturers and all levels of government view waste. The message is clear from waste industry associations and waste management companies – give waste value.
A national food waste project has found that in 2016-17, Australia produced 7.3 million tonnes of food waste across the supply and consumption chain. Of this, 2.5 million (34 per cent) was created in homes, 2.3m tonnes (31 per cent) was created in primary production and 1.8m tonnes (25 per cent) was produced in the manufacturing sector.
There is an estimated 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic debris floating in the ocean, or sitting kilometres out of sight on the bottom of the seabed. Plastic Oceans Australasia acting executive director, Ricki Hersburgh, highlighted these “startling” figures in her presentation, Ocean Plastics – A Real Waste Management Issue, at the Waste 2019 conference.
In a bid to keep NSW clean and change people’s attitude towards littering, more than 32,800 members of the public have signed up as citizen enforcers to report litterers to the NSW EPA. Read more
A technical meeting, led by the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP), has provided industry a better understanding of the issues surrounding soft plastics, the benefits this packaging format offers and the recycling opportunities it brings.
Reducing litter and the use of single-use plastics is proving successful with education programs at a state government level. Read more
With tertiary studies in sociology, statistics and evaluation, and over 10 years’ research experience, Jenni Downes is working hard in leading the UTS’ Institute for Sustainable Futures’ efforts towards improving municipal household waste and recovery outcomes.
Trevor Evans has been named Assistant Minister for Waste Reduction and Environmental Management, which is a new role created under the Liberal Coalition government. Read more
The principles and thinking behind a circular economy are not new. Academics have spoken about the merits of a circular economy since the 1990s. Companies, big and small, practice its principles and now Australian government bodies are actively exploring policies aligned to a circular economy. So how does a circular economy fit into waste management.
From working in the field supervising commercial bush regeneration projects, to authoring reports tackling strategic responses to rapid urban densification and the China National Sword, Genevieve Daneel, environmental consultant at Jacobs, has already gained a diverse wealth of experience and knowledge in her professional career, despite only having a bit over four years of experience in the resource recovery, renewable energy and planning sectors.