The EU Chemicals Agency (ECHA) recently proposed a ban on deliberately adding microplastics to products, such as cosmetics, detergents and agricultural fertilisers in the EU by 2020 in a bid to combat pollution.
Nestle have recently published a wide range of new sustainable packaging commitments, which includes plans for its first plastic-free packaging, as well as plans to achieve plastic-neutrality within the company’s operations and products.
The clean-up of eight toxic waste dump sites in Melbourne’s north are set to begin at the end of January, as authorities identify some of the 1.5 million litres of chemicals found on the properties, according to a report on The Age.
Coca-Cola Amatil have announced its plan to phase out plastic drinking straws and stirrers in Australia over the next two months and replace them with fully recyclable and biodegradable paper straws, as part of the company’s efforts to reduce single-use plastics.
The South Australian state government have released a discussion paper with considerations for a state-wide ban on single-use plastic products like straws, coffee cups and cutlery, according to a report on SBS News.
The ‘Right to Repair’ legislation currently being considered in Europe and in some US states are intended to reduce volumes of waste and push manufacturers to make dependable products that are easier to maintain.
Offences for supplying banned plastic bags in Western Australia have come into effect since the January 1, 2019, according to the Queensland state government.
Bingo Industries has offered to divest its eastern Sydney waste processing plant in Banksmeadow to address antitrust concerns related to the waste management firm’s proposed $578 million acquisition of Dial-a-Dump.
The administrator for RCR Tomlinson has found a buyer for its energy division as it continues to reorganise the engineering group and pay off its debt, with Environmental Group Limited (EGL) agreeing to acquire the assets of RCR Energy Services.