CoR and the waste sector

CoR and the waste sector

With maximum penalties set to rise to $3 million for corporations, and $300,000 and up to five years in jail for individuals, participants in the waste supply chain can’t afford to continue to overlook their CoR compliance obligations. CoR recap The CoR laws make every party in the waste supply chain responsible for heavy vehicle …
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How can WA get way ahead?

The WA Waste Strategy is under review and the Waste Authority released its Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy consultation paper in October, inviting feedback and submissions until March 1, 2018. Therefore, this is a timely opportunity to outline the actions, that in my humble opinion, I consider are needed and see if the Waste …
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Halve Waste – delivering real diversion from landfill

The Halve Waste Initiative has recently been awarded the best organics recovery program in NSW and the best local government initiative in sustainability. Back in 2010, the AWMC was receiving almost 185,000 tonnes of waste and burying 125,000 tonnes. The landfill was filling rapidly and Albury City Council was concerned it would need to find a new …
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Would I Li to you?

The lithium-ion market was less than 6GWh 10 years ago, yet by 2016 this market was estimated to have surpassed 70GWh and is expected to leap to 223GWh by 2025. China alone, has a target of five million electric vehicles on its roads by 2020, and further sales of around seven million vehicles sold annually …
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Legal Eagle: First unfair contract terms court case by the ACCC

Legal Eagle: First unfair contract terms court case by the ACCC

Back in November 2016, new legislation was passed with the intent to protect small businesses from unfair terms in business-to-business standard form contracts. Contracts for the supply of goods and/or services will amount to a “small business contract” if, at the time of entering into the contract: the counterparty is a business employing fewer than …
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Steward of change: position vacant - product stewardship commissioner

Steward of change: position vacant – product stewardship commissioner

It’s not just because of resource scarcity. The current review of the Product Stewardship Act is a golden opportunity to put Australia on a more circular footing that will, ultimately, make it more competitive. If we’re serious about expanding product stewardship and increasing the adoption rate, we need a new approach. Up to now, we’ve …
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SENG conference: changing climate, changing engineers

SENG conference: changing climate, changing engineers

The conference’s first keynote speaker, manager climate monitoring Australian Bureau of Meteorology Dr Karl Braganza, set the scene with his state of the climate address. He highlighted Australia’s inadequate investment in mitigating and adapting to heat, fires, storms and floods, particularly as extreme weather events are likely to continue to increase in frequency and severity …
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Waste Opportunist: liability for climate change in the waste management sector

Waste Opportunist: liability for climate change in the waste management sector

Yet, according to a report from the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors (ACSI), the level of climate-related disclosures by ASX200 companies lags behind the rest of their sustainability reporting.  ACSI found that 70 ASX200 companies did not measure greenhouse gas emissions, have a policy statement on climate-related risk, or a related target in 2016. More …
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Legal Eagle: Proposed minimum environmental standards for scrap metal facilities

Legal Eagle: Proposed minimum environmental standards for scrap metal facilities

In a recently released consultation paper, the EPA’s goal is to ensure that, regardless of whether a facility is licensed under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 (POEO Act), all facilities will be required to comply with these new environmental standards. The proposed EPA minimum standards are aimed at addressing the poor environmental …
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Battery ban off the table after industry roundtable "consensus"

Battery ban off the table after industry roundtable “consensus”

Standards Australia said it had gathered together a group of senior industry and government leaders to get the introduction of residential on-site battery storage standards back on track, at what is a crucial time of growth for the industry. “There was unanimous agreement in the room of the need to both encourage the uptake of …
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