The NSW Government is investing $10 million to divert solar panels at the end of their life away from landfill and into recycling.
Over 40 per cent of Australians believe workplaces lack recycling options according to new research commissioned by Planet Ark.
Ahead of the country’s election this month, the New Zealand government has detailed its action plan on waste and recycling.
The Victorian Government has published details of the proposed regulatory framework to consolidate regulation of waste and recycling in Victoria.
The Victorian Greens have called on the state government to invest in 23 new or expanded recycling factories by 2025 to meet the state’s needs and ensure high recycling rates.
The NSW Return and Earn program has seen over four billion containers recycled since 2017 through the scheme.
According to Environment Minister Matt Kean, the program’s design enabled it to deliver tangible environmental, social and economic benefits to NSW, including more than $10.4 million paid to not-for-profits and charities via donations.
“The latest research shows 75 per cent of residents have now participated in Return and Earn – this is a phenomenal achievement in less than three years,” Kean said.
“It also highlights the importance of community-based return point operators like local newsagencies, corner stores and post offices.”
Return and Earn has provided opportunities for local business to get on board and realise the potential for commercial opportunities and local job creation.
In turn, local businesses have improved customer access by increasing the number of return points.
Kean said that the benefits of the scheme for the environment and to the individual are clear: less material ending up as litter or landfill while being rewarded for each container returned.
“Benefitting from being part of the scheme are social enterprises like Vinnies which have set up their own return points and collected over 100 million containers.
“This has created jobs for many people within communities, including those with disabilities and the long-term unemployed,” he added.
The network of return points in NSW currently consists of 245 over-the-counter return points and 27 automated depots, alongside the 325 reverse vending machines.
Seven projects across NSW have received support in the latest round of grants of more than $700,000 to help reduce waste and promote recycling.
A survey of 1002 Australians reveals a staggering 87 per cent of shoppers are more likely to purchase products that are ethically and sustainably produced.
The Ellen MacArthur Foundation Plastics Pact network has expanded with the launch of the US Plastics Pact at Circularity20 (an online event that aims to accelerate the circular economy).