Organics – a 10 million-tonne problem for Australia

With organics representing on average, half of the waste that goes into household general waste bins, speakers at this year’s WasteQ Conference in Toowoomba, Queensland, urged local and state governments to increase their focus on diverting organics from landfill. The conference, hosted by Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia (WMRR), delved into topics …
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Linear “buy, use, and throw out” model challenged at Waste Expo  

Linear pathways that promote a “buy, use and throw out” culture were on the chopping block at the 2019 Waste Expo as panellists discussed moving forward with a circular economy approach. With linear models proving unsustainable, Victoria Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning executive director for waste and recycling Sebastian Chapman said behavioural changes, …
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National pricing strategy for waste levies could drive necessary change, experts say

In Victoria where the landfill levy is significantly lower than in others jurisdictions, industry experts are pushing for a price hike. While people often want to drive prices down, a shift to a higher levy could be a much-needed step towards creating value for products in Victoria, according to Bingo Industries chief executive for Victoria, …
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