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A joint undertaking by the two companies, as well as the Sydney Institute of Marine Studies (SIMS) and Reef Design Lab, the Living Seawall is part of the UN’s World Environment Day initiative aimed at fighting the troublesome waste stream.
The Living Seawall uses uniquely designed tiles made from concrete reinforced with 100% recycled plastic fibres to mimic the root structure of mangrove trees that were once prolific along Sydney Harbour. The plastic fibres are embedded within the concrete in such a way that they cannot disperse into the environment. Read more
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And in that same year, the much loved and respected Waste Contractors and Recyclers Association of NSW (WCRA) was founded.
Remembering the early days
Three years had passed since World War II came to an end and as WCRA member ‘Wick’ Hanlon recounted 20 years on at an association convention in 1968: “ was the time when most of us shed our uniforms after preventing the Japanese from stealing our lands, our homes, our heritage. The trade unions were becoming more active in their demands for better pay and conditions and it was necessary for us as employers to have a voice in such things.” Read more
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The company’s numerous waste avoidance initiatives and energy saving measures were key in helping Ricoh Australia realise this accomplishment.
The Ricoh consumables recycling program, in operation since 2001, has set the benchmark for sustainable business practices within the industry. It is free to Ricoh customers as part of their goal to reach zero waste-to-landfill. Read more
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The ban will see plastic bags disappear from all retail outlets, with shoppers encouraged to bring their own bags, as part of a push to reduce plastic waste.
Most retailers will begin the ban from July 1, or face a $6300 fine each time they are caught using a thin plastic bag. It is the beginning of a slow plan to reduce the amount of accumulated plastics in the environment. Read more
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On March 1, the regulatory model approved by the state government in September 2016, began and amongst the regulatory measures were a requirement for businesses dealing in scrap metal to be registered with the Commissioner of Police, an obligation for scrap metal dealers to keep and maintain records of transactions, and the need to report suspicious transactions to police (the full list of regulatory measures can be found here). Read more
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Whether we verbalise this or not, studies have shown that energy is on the minds of all business directors. According to the AICD Director Sentiment Index, 58% of Australian directors rate energy policy and pricing as the biggest issues of 2018, ahead of taxation reform and infrastructure development. These findings are mirrored by the World Economic Forum survey, where the largest risk identified by Australian respondents was energy price shock, with two-thirds of executives identifying this as being one of their top five concerns. Read more
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Acting Premier Jackie Trad said the paper, which can be found here, informed the development of the state’s waste management strategy, which is underpinned by a waste levy. Key points include: Read more
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The council was named one of eight projects successful in accessing funding under Round 5 of the Resource Recovery Facility Expansion and Enhancement program.
In addition to PET and HDPE, Lismore City Council has identified an opportunity to include the separation of polypropylene in their current waste sorting process. Read more
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Bienkowska sought to offer the gathered attendees and stakeholders an overview of how the EU’s new plastics strategy will affect the plastics sector in Europe.
Some of the proposals offered in the EU plastics strategy, such as bans on certain single-use plastic products, have concerned manufacturers, but Bienkowska sought to reassure them that the European Commission recognises the value of plastics in all sectors, and that restrictions would serve only to promote the use of biodegradable plastics. Read more
That is the question that Terence Jeyaretnam, climate change and sustainability leader at EY discussed in his presentation on the evolution of voluntary and regulatory product stewardship programs in Australia at the PVC AUS 2018 conference in Sydney in March. And it was timely as well as the federal Department of Environment is currently reviewing the National Product Stewardship Act.
“A lot of these schemes came about as a response to a lot of industries beginning to look at sustainability as part of their core business strategies,” Jeyaretnam said. Read more