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NSW return and earn has doubled container recycling in the state, according to ACOR

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).

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MRF shutdowns could be just the tip of the iceberg

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.

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Shoalhaven’s waste solution: a viable alternative or a step back on the industry’s efforts?

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.

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Saving kerbside recycling

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.

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