Protecting Sydney Harbour with recycled organics

Protecting Sydney Harbour with recycled organics

For 20 years, CORE members have provided organic bio-filters that now “ring” Sydney Harbour and its tributaries from Manly to Annandale (installed in 1998) through Redfern and Sydney and around to Rose Bay. Bio-Filters are used in a range of stormwater treatment systems such as rain gardens, bio-swales and detention basins that are installed in streetscapes, parks …
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Buyer beware? Video report

Buyer beware? Video report

It clarified what responsibilities and liabilities consumers have for resource recovered materials, and what it means when the material is found not to meet specifications or contain asbestos. It also overturns a lot of conventional wisdom as to what the EPA must prove in prosecuting waste offences, and even re-writes our understanding of what is …
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Steward of change: a review that needs to deliver

Steward of change: a review that needs to deliver

While the public consultation phase of the Product Stewardship Act review is coming to a close, the review continues and at present the outcomes are difficult to forecast. The Department of the Environment and Energy (the Department) has been seeking input from industry, governments and the general public to ensure the Product Stewardship Act 2011 …
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PFAS National Environmental Management Plan: key take-home messages

PFAS National Environmental Management Plan: key take-home messages

PFASs (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) are man-made chemicals that have been used in industry and consumer products worldwide since the 1950s. They have been used in firefighting foams, non-stick cookware and stain resistant fabrics and carpets. They are highly resistant to heat, chemical and biological attack and as a result, they persist in the environment. …
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Avoiding the pitfalls in tenders

Avoiding the pitfalls in tenders

Often the first time lawyers are called in is when a contractual dispute has broken out and relationships have soured, preventing speedy and inexpensive resolutions. Occasionally, the dispute can be traced back to something which could have been easily addressed in the tender process. Typically, the problems we encounter involve inadequate or unclear specifications for …
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Legal Eagle: environmental liability between principal contractors and subcontractors

Legal Eagle: environmental liability between principal contractors and subcontractors

Bettergrow, a waste management facility in Vineyard, NSW, specialising in processing drilling slurries, biosolids, garden organics, food waste, and grease trap waste, received two loads of asbestos contaminated drillers mud in March 2016, which had originated from the refurbishment of an electricity substation owned by Transgrid in Beaconsfield, Sydney. Bettergrow was not licensed under the …
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Shifting the spotlight

Shifting the spotlight

Whether we verbalise this or not, studies have shown that energy is on the minds of all business directors. According to the AICD Director Sentiment Index, 58% of Australian directors rate energy policy and pricing as the biggest issues of 2018, ahead of taxation reform and infrastructure development. These findings are mirrored by the World …
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Incineration in Asia - a viable solution?

Incineration in Asia – a viable solution?

According to the World Bank, municipal solid waste (MSW) generation is going to double by 2025, keeping in mind that OECD countries are still producing the majority of that waste. In Asia, the current average waste generation is approximately 0.9kg/capita/day and is set to increase to 1.5kg/capita/day as the economy develops. The current waste production …
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Keeping the sector insured

Keeping the sector insured

These fires, like the one at SUEZ’s Chullora Resource Recovery Park in south-west Sydney as well as the incident at SKM’s recycling plant in Coolaroo, Victoria in February, captured the industry’s and community’s attention. And why would they not? Smoke blanketed the area and hours were spent trying to put out the fires. But it’s …
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Steward of change: making product stewardship circular

Steward of change: making product stewardship circular

The media coverage is challenging the status-quo and forcing a re-set on waste avoidance and resource productivity, and this is never a bad thing. Recycling and waste management policy has hit mainstream media in city and country, and on a regular basis eg. War on Waste and 4Corners’ Trashed. The China policy impacts serve a positive and illuminating role …
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