A decree to make WARR confirmed as an essential service has been implemented following a direct request to the state government from the Waste Recycling Industry Association Queensland (WRIAQ).
In its submission, WRIAQ stated that it was critical that the sector maintain a secure supply chain and mitigated risk from any potential additional community health and environmental issues associated with uncollected wastes and recyclables.
In late March, Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business Leeanne Enoch, confirmed that cabinet had agreed to that request.
According to WRIAQ CEO Rick Ralph, Queensland remains one of only two states, along with South Australia, where a state government has made this decree.
“Additionally, we have also convened a weekly high level meeting with DES including having a Queensland Health representative on board to facilitate and share industry issues on an ongoing basis. It is now agreed that a separate recyclers meeting will also go ahead,” Ralph said.
“We trust that this may provide a positive view of the genuine attempt by our regulator to work in partnership with us,” he added.
A national program has been launched to identify valuable products from waste streams, which will then be transformed into useful resources.
The Queensland government released a Plastic Pollution Reduction Plan on November 7, which proposes a way forward for reducing and dealing with single-use plastics in the state.
A University of Queensland researcher is exploring the use of crushed waste glass as an alternative to sand for ground improvement during construction.
Brisbane City Council has joined the international Love Food Hate Waste movement to encourage residents to reduce the amount of food that goes to landfill each year.
University of Queensland researchers are working on a biological crop protection that is biodegradable and won’t result in chemical residues in food or run-off into waterways.
The University of Queensland has stopped more than 800,000 plastic items from going to landfill in the past eight months through an initiative that targets single-use plastic on campus.