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Experts comment on recommendations to ban single-use plastics by 2023

Experts comment on recommendations to ban single-use plastics by 2023

The report did not place any limitations on the scope, meaning that any petroleum-based, single-use plastics could be affected should the government decide to accept the recommendation.

Greens senator Peter Whish-Wilson, who chaired the Senate standing committee, said it was a rare display of political consensus across all of the country’s political parties. Read more

Volvo commits to 25% recycled plastic used in cars from 2025

Volvo commits to 25% recycled plastic used in cars from 2025

The push will see the automaker offset its use of new plastic – both in the cabin and elsewhere in the construction of its vehicles – by introducing a greater percentage of reused materials.

The company also urged auto industry suppliers to work more closely with carmakers to develop next-generation components that are as sustainable as possible, especially with regards to containing more recycled plastics. Read more

iGas receives $500k to establish waste-to-energy facility

iGas receives $500k to establish waste-to-energy facility

The Maddingley Energy Precinct (MEP) is being delivered in phases on the existing MBC site in Bacchus Marsh – with phase one of the Precinct being to recover gas from landfill and use the gas to power generators to product electricity.

Phase two will then involve identifying clean waste that can’t be recycled and diverting it from landfill to generate electricity and gas to potentially power the truck that bring the waste to site. Read more

Making the circular economy happen

Making the circular economy happen

The program has collected 38.5 million printer cartridges over the years, with last year’s haul being the biggest at half a million. Today, there are more than 4000 C4PA public recycling collection boxes around the country, located at all Officeworks stores and participating Australia Post, Harvey Norman, JB Hi-Fi, The Good Guys, and Office national outlets. Read more

PFAS National Environmental Management Plan: key take-home messages

PFAS National Environmental Management Plan: key take-home messages

PFASs (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) are man-made chemicals that have been used in industry and consumer products worldwide since the 1950s. They have been used in firefighting foams, non-stick cookware and stain resistant fabrics and carpets. They are highly resistant to heat, chemical and biological attack and as a result, they persist in the environment. They are also bio accumulative and ecologically toxic. Read more

GM surges toward sustainability success and the circular economy

GM surges toward sustainability success and the circular economy

According to the company, waste reduction and landfill-free initiatives have been amongst GM’s most significant areas of achievement, though while the company’s plants have made tremendous progress, those manufacturing facilities represent only one phase of the product life cycle.

“We need to move toward a more systems-based approach that goes beyond the GM enterprise to take into consideration the materials used in our vehicles – the process begins with vehicle design and extends through end-of-life,” said David Tulauskas, director of global sustainability at GM.  Read more

Avoiding the pitfalls in tenders

Avoiding the pitfalls in tenders

Often the first time lawyers are called in is when a contractual dispute has broken out and relationships have soured, preventing speedy and inexpensive resolutions. Occasionally, the dispute can be traced back to something which could have been easily addressed in the tender process.

Typically, the problems we encounter involve inadequate or unclear specifications for the required services, use of inappropriate contract documents, and negotiations straying beyond the core purpose of the tender itself.

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Retrofitting modern waste management needs around an old design

Retrofitting modern waste management needs around an old design

“The City of Melbourne has challenges to do with the fact that the city is retrofitting modern waste and resource recovery needs around narrow and increasingly busy laneways around old designs – something many other local government areas will not need to ever experience, and it’s important to look at how other global cities manage these challenges,” Smith said.

“I think it’s great that the City of Melbourne are putting something out and starting to create discussion and get feedback, not just from the industry, but also from the community on this. Read more

Legal Eagle: environmental liability between principal contractors and subcontractors

Legal Eagle: environmental liability between principal contractors and subcontractors

Bettergrow, a waste management facility in Vineyard, NSW, specialising in processing drilling slurries, biosolids, garden organics, food waste, and grease trap waste, received two loads of asbestos contaminated drillers mud in March 2016, which had originated from the refurbishment of an electricity substation owned by Transgrid in Beaconsfield, Sydney.

Bettergrow was not licensed under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 (NSW) to accept asbestos contaminated waste. Read more