The Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s largest network – the Circular Economy 100 network (CE100) – will further expand its diverse and dynamic collaborative of leaders and innovators by beginning 2019 with two new members.
According to a report by NSW EPA, Return and Earn broke records for recycling over the Christmas – New Year period, setting a new daily record and processing more than 91 million drink containers. As of January 2, 2019, 6.8 million drink containers were returned across the state.
As of January 2019, the Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA) changed its name to the Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia (WMRR). WMRR said the name was chosen and adopted by its members as a reflection of the needs of their diverse and growing membership, as well as an acknowledgement of what WMRR sees as the ever-increasing participation by MRFs, re-processors and re-manufacturers.
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.