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Landmark waste legislation passes with no mandate for plastic

Unprecedented waste and recycling laws that cement Australia’s seven national targets for waste by 2030 were passed this week, however an amendment by the Greens to reduce single-use plastics or meet plastic packaging recycling targets wasn’t included. The amendment was lost by a single vote disappointing the WARR industry which, along with the Labor Party, …
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Why we should have a national landfill levy

  Australians want to take care of the environment, both locally and globally. That means preserving remaining natural habitat and reversing climate change. There are few that now quibble with protecting koala habitat or expanding renewables. When it comes to waste, we have set a national resource recovery target of 80 per cent by 2030. …
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Study indicates a sustainable led COVID recovery

The iugis’ Sustainable Re-set report reveals the nation expects more from governments when it comes to issues like fighting food waste. The study, undertaken by YouGov, surveyed both consumers and small business owners about their attitudes to sustainability and food waste. It revealed the majority (75 per cent of consumers and 64 per cent of SMB …
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We can’t let big beverage contaminate Victoria’s container deposit scheme

As the last mainland state in Australia to introduce a container deposit scheme (CDS), Victoria has an opportunity to make a real difference. The state’s future CDS could be the most efficient, effective and ethical in the country — but only if it is designed right. The introduction of a CDS in Victoria has been …
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When is waste ‘waste’?

How many times have you heard: “I wish we could stop thinking of waste as ‘waste’ and start thinking of it as a resource”. While I support the sentiment, I dislike the phrase and particularly the word ‘wish’ because it implies that if we only think differently about waste then things will change for the …
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More WARR leaders question NSW budget

Last week WMRR CEO Gayle Sloan rebuked the State Government for failing to address key industry issues. Now the National Waste and Recycling Industry Council (NWRIC) has labelled the NSW State Budget as ‘short sighted’, with the real economic potential of the waste and resource recovery industry being bypassed for a reliance on landfill levies. …
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Landfill levies drive Australian recycling and resource recovery

I would be rich if I got a dollar for every time someone has told me that “landfill levies are blunt instruments”. Many readers will know that I have been an advocate for market based solutions (including landfill levies) as the key driver of recycling in Australia. Why? Well little else has been shown to …
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Product Stewardship grants deliver new allies

Imagine 200 billion chocolate wrappers being recycled. That’s how much soft plastic packaging will be processed under just one of the proposals funded through the Federal Government’s National Product Stewardship Investment Fund (NPSIF). A total of 15 projects have been funded from the $10.5 million scheme which saw the extraordinary response of a six-times oversubscribed …
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Coles plastic bags re-used to build carpark 

Coles and Victorian recycling organisations RED Group and Replas will install a concrete slab carpark made partly out of recycled soft plastics. Presently under installation at Coles Horsham in regional Victoria, the carpark is the first commercial construction project in Australia to make use of Polyrok – a sustainable alternative to aggregate minerals used in …
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WA gets serious about its Plastics Plan

Overwhelming community support of 98 per cent in favour of action to reduce the impacts of single-use plastics, has resulted in the release of WA’s Plan for Plastics. According to the government, the plan’s approach encourages avoidance of single-use plastics as the preferred action to mitigate the known impacts of single-use plastics on the environment …
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