The Hunter Joint Organisation (HJO) backed by funding from the NSW state government, is transitioning the Hunter Central Coast region to a circular economy. The HJO is a collaborative body bringing together the ten councils in the region to provide a united and local voice for its communities.
A new venture formed from Energy Estate and InfraCo to develop and build tyre recycling plants in Australia and New Zealand will use the two technologies of Vertech/RubberJet Valley tyre disintegration and Tyromer rubber devulcanisation. However, the Australian Tyre Recycling Association (ATRA) is doubtful of the efficacy of the business model.
Australians send an average 23kgs of textiles to landfill per person, each year, according to figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). More than 500,000 tonnes (or 88 per cent) of leather and textiles were sent to landfill in 2009-10 as these waste types are considered to be too costly or difficult to recover. Read more
In a bid to combat the economic downturn brought about by COVID-19, NSW Minister for Planning and Public spaces, Rob Stokes, has revealed the government’s Planning System Acceleration Program.
How on earth are organics connected to a COVID-19 recovery plan you ask?
COVID recovery is all about investment and job creation in industries that add value and insulate Australia from international shocks.
There is undoubtedly a connection between the recent catastrophic fire season and increasing global warming leading to climate change.
And we might feel powerless as individuals to do anything about it. But one thing we can do as individuals, households, local councils, state governments and federal governments is address food waste in landfill. Why and how does this relate to climate change?
The launch of Western Australia’s container deposit scheme Containers for Change has been deferred due to the unprecedented impact of COVID-19 and its expected disruption to refund points. The decision accords with advice from the scheme co-ordinator, WA Return Recycle Renew Ltd (WARRRL).
The Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) will lead the development of the ANZPAC Plastic Pact, the latest to join the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s global plastics pact network.
The Pact will launch to the public in late 2020 and will work with businesses, governments and NGOs from across the plastics value chain in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Island nations. Its aim is to develop a common vision of the circular economy for plastics.
Councils, industry and non-governmental delegates attending the Plastics Summit in Canberra yesterday, heard a strong call for the creation of national collection specifications and standards to simplify the challenge of plastic waste. This issue was amongst several which emerged from a series of roundtable discussions led by specific industry experts.
PAR Recycling Services P/L (PAR) based on the New South Wales Central Coast is disputing a $15,000 fine issued by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA). The EPA has said that the business did not follow orders to store chemicals safely to prevent potential pollution reaching local waterways.