Australian recycling and resource recovery specialist Re.Group has announced it has acquired Polytrade. This new investment creates Australia’s largest network of recycling facilities, operating from coast to coast and servicing communities in metropolitan and regional locations.
Single-use plastics are on the way out with a ban on lightweight plastic bags from June 1. The ban on lightweight plastic bags is just the first in a succession of bans that will see a range of environmentally damaging plastic items disappear from NSW.
TOMRA Cleanaway will continue in the role of Network Operator under the New South Wales Container Deposit Scheme, ‘Return and Earn.’ The Network Operator Agreement has been extended for four years, ending in late 2026. Read more
Tony Chappel has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) replacing acting CEO Jacqueline Moore.
Following industry consultation, the NSW EPA will not move ahead with proposed changes to the rules governing how skip bin residue, called recovered fines, is processed and used.
BINGO has continued to undertake remedial and preventative measure to address any potential odour from its landfill facility at Eastern Creek in Sydney.
The NSW construction & demolition (C&D) waste sector is the largest resource recovery sector in NSW, processing over 13.4 million tonnes a year and contributing $500 million annually to the economy. It employs more than 1,000 workers. The EPA’s proposal to rapidly change the framework that presently recycles over 1.2 million tonnes of fines from co-mingled waste could destroy business’ investment confidence, leading to a lack of investment, and innovation. The EPA needs to focus on better enforcement of the existing regulations, rather than increasing the regulatory burden on ethical operators. The EPA’s proposal will merely force ethical operators out of the industry.
Two sets of grants totalling more than $2.8 million will be a boon for recycling food waste across NSW.
Sydney Water must pay more than $1.2 million in restoration and prevention costs after it discharged a total of more than half a million litres of untreated sewage in two separate incidents.