Jaguar Land Rover is investing in a closed-loop strategy for its vehicles in a bid to maximise the use of recycled materials into its next generation models.
When people think of recycling, the first thing that usually comes to mind is commingled recycling. And more often that not, it is the one happening at the household level, at the kerbside. However, organics recycling, both at the household and commercial level, represent a significant opportunity for resource recovery.
Cambridge Gardens Public School in Penrith, NSW, has just unveiled its community garden set made from recycled oral care waste after winning a national recycling competition in which schools around the country recycled over 200,000 toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes and dental floss containers.
The ACT government is currently trialling a new type of asphalt made from a range of recycled materials. Unlike previous trials, this new asphalt product uses a mixture of recycled products from a number of different sources.
Contrary to recent comments to the ABC that, “.. the bulk of the containers that are going into the (NSW) container deposit scheme are containers that would have ordinarily been recycled anyway,” in fact the NSW return and earn scheme has already more than doubled container recycling in the state, according to the Australian Council or Recycling (ACOR).
Camille Reed, founder of the newly launched Australian Circular Textile Association, is calling for a national clothing take-back scheme in a country of 25 million people as she believes this would avoid severe disruption to the fashion industry caused by mandatory regulations.
With several councils being recently locked out of their Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs), leaving them with no option but to send waste to landfill, there is a fear within industry that this may be just the tip of the iceberg if government doesn’t stop the talk and instead start the actions needed to avoid further pain on these pressing issues.
Facing the danger of reaching landfill capacity within 12 years, Shoalhaven City Council undertook an extensive process of consultation to find an economically and environmentally sound solution to the region’s waste issues. This process led council to Poland-based Bioelektra and its RotoSTERIL technology for utilisation in its new facility.
It has now been over a year since China introduced its National Sword policy to restrict the importation of kerbside recyclable materials from the rest of the world. The purpose of the policy was to increase the recovery of domestically generated recyclables within China and further boost its own manufacturing. The new rule is a 0.5 per cent contamination rate in Australian exported material. Few Australian Materials Recovery Facilities (MRF) were built for that level of purity.
A newly released, in-depth global survey report is highlighting how large, global companies view the transition to a circular economy and how they would benefit from increased circularity.