The Queensland government has reintroduced a waste levy after half a decade of not having one, but “only time will tell what the shake out is”, Waste, Recycling Industry Association of Queensland (WRIQ) CEO, Rick Ralph, said in response to the levy coming into effect on July 1.
Many Australians are left wondering what to do with that broken hair straighter, that old washing machine that’s been sitting in the garage for 20 years or the Tamagotchi that no longer gets virtually fed.
Malaysia has ramped up joint inspection and enforcement activities at recycling factories in light of what Malaysia’s environment minister, Yeo Bee Yin, reported as tonnes of contaminated waste arriving from countries such as Australia.
Compostable packaging has held a good reputation in consumers’ minds as war on waste supporters battle their way through single-use plastic packaging and materials that are proving detrimental to the environment.
Creating new products doesn’t necessarily mean using virgin materials, so organisations such as the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC) are encouraging Australian manufacturers to look to circular economy practices.
NSW’s Minister for Energy and Environment, Matt Kean, is prioritising providing community with reliable and affordable waste processes and programs that deliver visible results.
This story was contributed by Pete Shmigel – the CEO of the Australian Council of Recycling (ACOR).
Assistant Minister for Waste Reduction and Environment Management, Trevor Evans, speaks to Inside Waste about the Federal government’s role in the future of Australia’s waste industry.
Australia’s first waste minister vows to improve the waste sector by holding companies in the industry to account, while also improving Federal leadership with support and funding to programs such as a national battery stewardship scheme.
Amid “a lot of confusion” in the Energy from Waste (EfW) sector, Arup resource and waste management lead, Shaun Rainford, said the public needs greater access to facts about EfW’s success and challenges, which people now have.
Public awareness of the benefits of EfW facilities is too low in Australia, according to CSIRO’s Daniel Roberts.