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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

Dr Steven Lapidge to lead Australia's fight against food waste

Dr Steven Lapidge to lead Australia’s fight against food waste

The CRC plans to achieve its goal by reducing food waste throughout the value chain, transforming unavoidable waste into innovative high-value products, and through engagement with industry and consumers to deliver behavioural change.

Involving 60 participants from across Australia and overseas, the CRC will also align with the National Food Waste Strategy, whose aim is to reduce Australia’s annual $20 billion food waste bill by 50% by 2030.  Read more

Australia's first NABERS Waste rating accreditation awarded

Australia’s first NABERS Waste rating accreditation awarded

The newly launched NABERS Waste rating compares the waste management and recycling performance of office buildings, measuring how much waste is diverted from landfill as a percentage of the total materials generated by buildings.

In 2017, 580 George Street generated 396 tonnes of waste, of which 44% was diverted from landfill through paper, cardboard, organics, mixed container and e-waste recycling services.  Read more

New guide details best-practice measures to achieve net zero buildings

A special report by the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) and consultants Norman Disney & Young (NDY) – Energy in Buildings: 50 Best Practice Initiatives – is intended to provide information and raise awareness about initiatives that can help property owners or managers reduce energy costs and cut emissions for their buildings.

Under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, Australia is expected to reduce emissions by 26-28% on 2005 levels by 2030, and with our built environment being one of the largest contributors of carbon emissions, there has been an increasing focus on making our existing and new buildings more energy efficient. Read more

Steward of change: a review that needs to deliver

Steward of change: a review that needs to deliver

While the public consultation phase of the Product Stewardship Act review is coming to a close, the review continues and at present the outcomes are difficult to forecast.

The Department of the Environment and Energy (the Department) has been seeking input from industry, governments and the general public to ensure the Product Stewardship Act 2011 (the Act) is effective and delivering the best outcomes for business and the environment. Read more