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Waste in 2021- the year ahead

2020 was the year of Covid. It was a weird year and 2021 looks like it will still be weird. But waste is waste, it does not stop and neither do we. Things are changing quickly so here is what will shape the months to come: 1. Commonwealth export ban on glass and plastic coming …
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Bathurst Council applauds textile recycling trial

Bathurst Regional Council in Central NSW has partnered with Sydney-based company Textile Recyclers Australia (TRA) to offer a three-month clothing recycling trial, in what is believed to be a first for regional NSW. The trial was established when the council, like many across the country, was overwhelmed by donations. The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) …
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Cleanaway’s Bansal leaves

After five years and a tulmultuous 2020, Cleanaway Waste Management CEO and managing director Vik Bansal is leaving the company. According to a statement by Cleanaway to the ASX, the board and Bansal have been discussing succession planning for some time. The company said that Bansal had the opportunity to reflect on his future priorities …
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Bingo in play for $2billion plus

ASX-listed Bingo Industries is the subject of an $2 billion-plus offer by a consortium led by Australian private equity firm CPE Capital. The formal offer to acquire Bingo in is believed to have been made last month December, according to a report in today’s Australian Financial Review which cites that advanced talks have been made …
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Collaboration produces Future Waste Resources 2021 Convention

This year, instead of hosting the Australian Waste to Energy Forum, the Australian Industrial Ecology Network (AIEN) has joined forces with the Waste Recycling Industry Association (WRIQ) and the Queensland Farmers Association to present the Future Waste Resources 2021 Convention from 1 – 3 March 2021 on the Gold Coast. AIEN stated that over the last …
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Report reveals Australians waste less, recycle more

The leading report on waste management and recycling data in Australia, the National Waste Report 2020, shows that Australians are reducing their waste and increasing their recycling. Assistant Minister for the Waste Reduction and Environmental Management, Trevor Evans, said the report showed that our recycling rate has risen to 60 per cent, up two per …
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Future Directions: Smooth progress amid COVID safety

Hitachi Zosen Inova Australia managing director Dr Marc Stammbach told Inside Waste that the East Rockingham waste-to-energy project is progressing smoothly while staying COVID-safe. “We are welcoming the opening of the borders so we can fly in our project specialists to supervise and facilitate the installation and commissioning of the project. We also see an …
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Company fined $450,000 for fake waste disposal report

An earthmoving company engaged to remove asbestos-contaminated soil from a Sydney building site has been convicted of two offences of knowingly supplying fake tipping dockets and a disposal report that claimed the asbestos-contaminated waste had been lawfully disposed of, following a prosecution by the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA). The Land and Environment Court found …
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Wasted Space: When one Conference isn’t enough….

Dear Minister, I know it’s been some months since my last report but, in my defence, my schedule has been terrifyingly full. There’s not been a free moment, as I try to keep pace with these Aussies who are working their hearts out to beat those exports bans. It’s been exhausting watching the progress as …
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ACT Plastic Reduction Bill likely to pass in 2021

The ACT Government introduced the Plastic Reduction Bill in the Legislative Assembly on December 2, 2021. Debate and passage of the Bill is expected to occur  early next year with the Bill drafted to commence on July 1 2021. From this date, three key single-use plastic items will be banned in the ACT: single-use plastic …
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