Community Correctional Services (CCS) have established a number of sustainability and recycling initiatives across Victoria, which both allow offenders to serve the community work element of their order, while also giving back to the community in a really meaningful way and benefiting the environment in the process.
With landfill levies in NSW at $141.20 per tonne, you would think that sorting of commercial waste would be more common than it is. Less than five per cent of the commercial and industrial (C&I) waste in NSW is put through a processing plant to recover the valuable materials. In other words, less than 120,000t of the 5.5 MT that is generated is put through a processing plant. There are no dedicated C&I sorting facilities in other States (and landfill levies are lower).
Recently, the NSW government introduced into Parliament a Bill to amend the Protection of the Environment Operations (POEO) Act, in order to substantially beef up provisions relating to asbestos waste.
With Queensland becoming the latest state to introduce 10c Container Refunds, scheme architect and Queensland environment expert Toby Hutcheon spoke to Inside Waste about the scheme’s introduction and what it could mean for the state moving forward.
At the closing event of the World Circular Economy Forum (WCEF) 2018, Japan’s state minister of the environment Tsukasa Akimoto pledged that Japan will advance the circular economy when the world’s third biggest economy takes up the presidency of the G20 in 2019.
The adoption of innovative technology is expected to revolutionise wastewater resource recovery and reuse projects in Australia, despite key challenges faced such as ageing infrastructure and financial constraints, according to a recent study by Frost & Sullivan.
According to the 2016 National Waste Report, commercial and industrial waste (C&I) represents 20MT of the 53MT of waste generated in Australia (or 40 per cent of generation).
An accelerator program to support new London-based companies in the circular economy field is now open for applications from innovative entrepreneurs, according to the London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB).
The first International E-Waste Day, held on October 13 to promote the proper management of electrical and electronic equipment, has been hailed a tremendous success by its organisers, including the Australian and New Zealand Recycling Program (ANZRP), who were the sole Australian representative of the initiative.
The NSW Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) have recently announced that they have developed a new protocol whereby they will be able to calculate the profits gained by a waste operator who has deliberately not complied with environmental legislation in order to gain significant financial benefit.