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AWRE Online reviews an expanding WARR industry

Minister for Energy and Environment, Matt Kean opened AWRE Online with an insight and update into where NSW stands with its 20-Year strategy. The Government’s 20-year strategy sets goals for reducing waste, driving sustainable recycling markets and identifying and improving the state and regional waste infrastructure network. Their focus for the 20-Year Waste Strategy and …
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Collaboration key to FOGO reform in WA

Western Australia’s food organic and garden organic (FOGO) household collection program is driven by a clear strategy, supported by a behavioural change program, and most importantly, a strong commitment to engagement and collaboration with all sectors. At this stage, we are pleased to be among the handful of states committing to this important change. So …
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Tyre recycling poised for a dynamic year

2021 is set to be a dynamic year for the Australian used tyre recycling sector with export bans implemented and increased domestic demand for used tyre products, coupled with uncertainty for traditionally safe overseas markets. The planned Federal Government ban on the export of whole baled tyres will take effect in December 2021. This long …
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Inquiry looks at the ‘right to repair’

The Australian Productivity Commission has been asked to look at the issue of consumers’ ability to repair faulty goods and to access repair services at a competitive price. The inquiry will specifically investigate the barriers and enablers of competition in repair markets and the costs and benefits of a regulated ‘right to repair’, including facilitating …
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Is landfill part of the ‘Circular’ Economy?

The Circular Economy is where materials are reclaimed from end-of- life products and recycled or re-used back into the same product. This is claimed to be the way of the future and the best approach to a sustainable economy. Avoidance of waste going to landfill is a key part of the Circular Economy. In this …
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Plastic problem is not business as usual

On December 8, 2020, the Recycling and Waste Reduction Bill was passed in the Senate without amendment. Despite a senate inquiry into the Bill and attempts by the Greens and Labor, the amendments to the Bill that would address plastic pollution and support the recycling sector did not pass. This has resulted in concern within …
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SA educates ahead of plastic ban

South Australia’s ban on single-use plastics commences on March 1 2021 when the Government launches an education campaign to help businesses and the public prepare for the changes. In September 2020, SA became the first state in the nation to pass legislation to ban the sale, supply and distribution of single-use plastic products such as …
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VWMA says beverage industry CDS calls “not in the public interest”

The Victorian Waste Management Association, (VWMA) is urging the Victorian Government to resist changing its container deposit scheme. The not-for-profit association representing more than 350 waste recycling operators across Victoria, issued a statement this week following a concerted effort by the beverage industry and some charities to shift the Government’s decision. “The VWMA believes Minister …
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CDS backlash hits Victoria

The Victorian government is coming under pressure to overhaul its model for a container deposit scheme following a backlash from the beverage industry, sporting clubs and charities. VicRecycle has been set-up by Lion Nathan and Coca-Cola Amatil have to lead the campaign for a not-for-profit ­operator to run the container ­deposit scheme. They claim that …
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Putting masks into roads, not on them

Disposable face masks could be recycled to make roads, in a circular economy solution to pandemic-generated waste, according to researchers from RMIT University. Their study shows that using the recycled face mask material to make just one kilometre of a two-lane road would use up about 3 million masks, preventing 93 tonnes of waste from …
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