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Container deposit schemes are creating new opportunities for kerbside recycling

Container deposit schemes (CDS) are reducing the number of eligible containers in our existing kerbside recycling bins and creating new opportunities for recycling through the nation’s yellow lid recycling bins. Before CDS, eligible containers represented about 50 per cent of the volume of most kerbside bins in Australia. As more containers are recovered through reverse …
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Victoria set to deliver its first CDS scheme

The Victorian Government has released its CDS proposed model and invited the population to provide feedback, which will be rolled out by 2023 and create hundreds of jobs across the state. It has proposed that the Victorian CDS adopt an industry-operated administration with a split responsibilities structure along this governance framework: The Victorian Government will …
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Exclusive: Government turbocharges Product Stewardship

The Federal Government is investing $1 million in the establishment of a new Product Stewardship Centre of Excellence (PSCE) that will play a key role in driving Australia’s circular economy towards an eighty per cent recovery rate across all waste streams by 2030. The office of Assistant Minister for Waste Reduction and Environmental Management, Trevor …
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EOI process reveals underdeveloped downstream circular economy

Stage 1 of the Circular Greater Bendigo EOI process has been completed, however the exercise has raised issues around the efficacy of proposed solutions. The Council told Inside Waste that respondents have been notified of the outcomes and next steps. “We had 40 EOI submissions resulting in moving 22 EOIs forward to the co-design stage. …
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LNP promises to make Queensland the Recycling State

A Liberal National Party (LNP) Government will open a solar panel recycling facility in South-East Queensland and work with councils to build new roads from recycled plastic if it is elected on October 31. The vision to create new jobs and protect our environment, followed the declaration by LNP Leader Deb Frecklington to make Queensland …
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LGNSW awards shine amid a year of adversity

LGNSW President Linda Scott described the City of Canada Bay Council as a worthy winner of the Local Government NSW’s (LGNSW) Excellence in the Environment Awards’ Local Sustainability Award. She described it as a standout among a strong field of 16 category winners. “City of Canada Bay Council has done an outstanding job of developing …
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LGNSW backs recycled roads research

A push towards new jobs in a circular economy is a key driver behind new research on the use of recycled materials in roads and footpaths. According to Local Government NSW (LGNSW) President Linda Scott, the LGNSW-funded research undertaken by Sydney University was designed to facilitate the same sort of home-grown approach to recycling and …
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Why our first battery recycling scheme matters

The country’s two largest domestic battery suppliers Duracell and Energizer have committed to the industry led Australian Battery Stewardship Scheme. The decision which has been described by the industry as representing “goodwill by all stakeholders” follows the Product Stewardship legislation introduced to the House in September. This places a greater emphasis on manufacturers and business …
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How recycling (and $1.5 billion) will rebuild our manufacturing sector

Recycling is on the Federal Government’s list of six key industries into which it will pump around $1.5 billion to grow Australia’s manufacturing sector over the next four years. The investment was announced at the National Press Club in Canberra where the Prime Minister Scott Morrison detailed that the money will be spent helping businesses …
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APCO pivots 2020 awards

The 2020 APCO Awards ceremony will return on 18 November with a new digital format and three new categories. This year, the awards will feature 18 unique categories, including accolades for the highest performing organisations from a range of major industry sectors, including retail, manufacturing, electronics, food and beverage and telecommunication. The Australian Packaging Covenant …
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