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Collaborative process needed when purchasing vehicles

David Robinson is a fleet procurement specialist who has consulted for various councils and organisations when it comes to purchasing vehicles designed for picking up rubbish and other council activities. He started off as a design engineer in the heavy vehicle industry, and quickly realised that there is no single truck on the road that …
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Energy from waste – a viable solution to landfill?

Like many developed countries, Australia is faced with the challenge of how to dispose of its household waste. While the separation of garbage into different categories to aid recycling, through the three-bin system has gained momentum, it is only a drop in the ocean in terms of a solution when considering the volume of rubbish …
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Horses for courses when deciding on right truck for waste disposal

The first recorded kerbside collection of rubbish was recorded in 1884 when lawyer Eugene Poubelle introduced waste containers to Parisian streets and made their use compulsory. Fast forward almost 150 years and the early morning sounds of trucks navigating their way through congested suburban streets act as an alarm clock for many – for at …
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Just-in-time model not working for food

During the recent Australian Circular Economy Conference (ACEC), one of the webinars delved into Food and the Circular Economy in Australia and China. One of the speakers was Alana Mann, associated professor for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) at the University of Sydney. Mann noted that one outcome of the COVID-19 pandemic was …
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Time for action on plastics for Australian businesses

One year on from the inaugural National Plastics Summit in Canberra, the Australian Government has this month released its first National Plastics Plan, which sets a new standard for how we as a country will tackle the plastics issue. It was fantastic to welcome such a comprehensive approach to the challenge, which also celebrated a range of …
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What circular economy?

“No road should get made without it being bound by recyclable plastic, no footpath gets made without it being made from rubble and recyclable plastics, and that should be the process to design right from the outset – rather than stockpiling, burning, burying, or dumping plastic in landfills, where it can leach out in the …
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Organic waste should not get preference in landfills

Sam Bateman has been a champion of the waste industry for as long as I have been in the sector (over 30 years). In that time, including in his latest article in Inside Waste, he has argued strenuously for the role of landfill in an integrated waste management system. On that we agree. We would …
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Waste production up by 5 million tonnes since 2016-17

Blue Environment’s National Waste Report 2020, commissioned by the Federal Government’s Department of Agriculture, Waste and the Environment, shows that Australians are reducing their waste and increasing their recycling. Released in December last year, the report is an authoritative compilation of national data on waste and resource recovery and the mechanism for measuring progress against …
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Circular economy could be worth $2 trillion – PwC report

A report by PwC states that Australia’s circular economy could be worth up to $2 trillion by 2040, and also save up to 165 million tonnes of CO2 entering the atmosphere. Titled, Building a more Circular Australia, the report explores the opportunity for Australia to establish a framework for sustainable growth using the circular economy …
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Inside Randwick Council’s journey to FOGO

The regulatory changes that impact councils’ ability to maintain resource recovery rates of organic matters, has meant that more are looking at FOGO as best practice. The first metro Sydney council to seriously address the disposal of food and organic waste is Randwick City Council. The Council is the second oldest local government area in …
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