South Australia will be one of the first states to voluntarily phase out 15-cent reusable plastic shopping bags across Woolworths stores and online orders, following the retailer’s commitment to phase out the bags nationwide – a first for a major national supermarket. The change will also simultaneously take place in the Northern Territory.
Engineers in Melbourne have discovered a way to replace 100 per cent of conventional aggregates in concrete – such as gravel and crushed rock – with rubber from discarded tyres that meets building codes, promising a boost for the circular economy.
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More than 50 cubic meters of flood debris and a 12-tonne pontoon has been cleared from the sensitive Ukerebagh Nature Reserve at Tweed Heads by NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) flood clean-up crews assisted by rangers from the Tweed Byron Local Aboriginal Land Council (LALC), Tweed Aboriginal Co-operative Society Limited and Tweed Shire Council.
Turmec, an international provider of waste processing and recycling solutions, has announced that it has been awarded a $44 million contract to design, build and install a construction waste processing solution for Rino Recycling at its Pinkenba facility near Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. The new project will be one of the largest construction and demolition (C&D) waste recovery sites in Australia, designed to achieve market-leading landfill diversion and recovery rates of up to 99 per cent and with a processing capacity of 475 tonnes per hour.
More than 160 tonnes worth of batteries will be saved from landfill following a landmark partnership between Battery World and Envirostream.
SA’s Deputy Premier and Minister for Climate, Environment and Water Dr Susan Close has announced the 2022 winners of Green Industries SA’s Women in Circular Economy Leadership Scholarship and the Circular Economy Students Award.
The Tasmanian government is expanding the use of recycled materials for new roads. It has been using recycled rubber from truck tyres in road resurfacing on several resurfacing sites in the north of the State, including on the Bass, East Tamar and West Tamar highways.
Close the Loop Limited, in conjunction with Myer, is conducting a trial to recycle and reuse cosmetics packaging. Along with guidance from peak industry body, Accord, the trial will research new ways of recycling cosmetics to reduce the estimated 5,000-11,500 tonnes of cosmetic packaging from across the sector that is currently being landfilled. This trial project received grant funding from the Australian Government’s National Product Stewardship Investment Fund.
Queensland Recycling Technologies (QRT), a joint venture between Alceon Qld and Brisbane Recycling Consortium (BRC), has purchased the recycling business assets of a “prominent private company” based in Eagle Farm with a view to create a state of the art recycling and resource recovery processing plant on Brisbane CBD’s doorstep.