EOI process reveals underdeveloped downstream circular economy

Stage 1 of the Circular Greater Bendigo EOI process has been completed, however the exercise has raised issues around the efficacy of proposed solutions. The Council told Inside Waste that respondents have been notified of the outcomes and next steps. “We had 40 EOI submissions resulting in moving 22 EOIs forward to the co-design stage. …
To access this post, you must purchase Individual Subscription or 30 Days Free Trial, If you have an existing subscription, please login here.

Battery recycling plant gets green light

It’s taken 10 months of public consultation, referral to other agencies, technical assessment of the application and research for Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) to grant a Works Approval (WA) for the construction of a used lead acid battery (ULAB) recycling plant in Hazelwood North.
Read more

How Sustainability Victoria is tackling priority recycled waste

Victorian infrastructure projects which use recycled materials and create local jobs are being boosted by $2.6 million Sustainable Infrastructure Fund grants. Local Victorian governments are expected to spend more than $8 billion on infrastructure projects over the next three years, presenting a significant opportunity to increase their use of recycled materials.

Read more

PET alliance builds $45 million recycling plant

A joint venture between Pact Group Holdings, Cleanaway Waste Management and Asahi Beverages, badged Circular Plastics Australia (PET) is set to build a recycling facility in Albury/Wodonga. It will create dozens of direct jobs when construction starts in coming months. The facility is expected to recycle the equivalent of around 1 billion 600ml PET plastic …
To access this post, you must purchase Individual Subscription or 30 Days Free Trial, If you have an existing subscription, please login here.

Macca’s makes local history with recycled restaurant

The 1,000th McDonald’s fast food restaurant will open in Melton South in Victoria at the end of the year using recycled material throughout the building including infrastructure and furnishings.

McDonald’s Australia senior director of development Josh Bannister, said it was the company’s first local sustainability flagship.

“The Melton South restaurant will play a vital role in allowing us to continue to test, evaluate and implement industry-leading sustainable innovations,” he said.

There will also be 100 per cent renewable energy used in the restaurant thanks to solar energy panel installed on the roof. The restaurant will include a waste sorting bin for greater recycling and diversion from landfill.

Cutlery offered to customers will all be fibre based including stirrers and straws following its commitment earlier this year to help reduce plastic use and waste.

The franchisee of the 1,000th restaurant, Ben Westover, has been an operator of McDonald’s restaurants for more than a decade and said he was excited to open the new store.