The Liberal National Party is set to govern Australia for the next three years, which means the waste industry can expect $100 million to support the manufacturing of lower emissions and energy-efficient recycled content products, and $20m for a new Product Stewardship Investment Fund – based on promises made prior to the election.
The first of two zero emissions collection trucks have commenced household collection operations in Hobson Bay on May 15, as part of a three-month trial to test the new system’s effectiveness.
The New Zealand government has announced the next steps in its plan to rapidly improve the country’s waste management systems, which include reducing contamination of recyclables and increasing onshore processing of plastics.
The Western Australian government’s container deposit scheme (CDS) is coming to fruition with the government choosing not-for-profit organisation WA Return Recycle Renew as the scheme coordinator.
The government of Timor-Leste has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) at the University of Sydney with Mura Technology to establish a $58 million chemical recycling plant, which will help the nation to transition into a ‘plastics-neutral’ economy.
During a waste industry forum, at Waste 2019 in Coffs Harbour, the verdict of the panel was unanimous – all that talk needs to make way for action now.
Various waste associations have released reports cards, detailing the pros and the cons of Australia’s major political parties’ promises to the industry.
The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has called on the next Australian government to act urgently on Australia’s waste management crisis by increasing the amount of recycled products and developing new markets for recycled products.