Waste-derived products and wastes exports see strong May decline

In May, Australia exported about 312,000 tonnes of waste-derived products and wastes with a value of $198 million, representing a 22 per cent tonnage decrease and 21 per cent value decrease compared to the previous month. The exported quantity of tyres increased 44 per cent to 5,200 tonnes from 3,600 tonnes in April. Plastic waste …
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$3.8bn disappearing in cold food chain waste

A report on the causes of food waste in Australia has attributed $3.8 billion in wasted food to “breaks and deficiencies in the cold food chain.” The Expert Group, a local consultancy said that this is the first-time dollar losses linked to cold chain practices in Austria have been calculated. The report titled Study of …
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National Hydrogen Roadmap: pathways to an economically sustainable hydrogen industry in Australia

Australia has yet to create its own solar or storage industry, relying instead on global solutions. There also remain serious sustainability challenges to broad adoption of lithium batteries. However, hydrogen offers a new, sustainable energy storage and transport future. Download your details below to receive this important Whitepaper. Read more

Good News: NSW to fast track planning approvals

In a bid to combat the economic downturn brought about by COVID-19,  NSW Minister for Planning and Public spaces, Rob Stokes, has revealed the government’s Planning System Acceleration Program. The program aims to fast-track planning processes in order to stimulate the construction industry and minimise jobs loss. These will drive faster approvals for State Significant …
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A waste bacterium for our times

Scientists have discovered a bacterium that feeds on toxic plastic, not only breaking it down but using it as food to power the process.

The research has been published in the journal Frontiers in Microbiology and identifies a new strain of Pseudomonas bacteria which is known to withstand harsh conditions, such as high temperatures and acidic environments. The bacterium, is the first that is known to attack polyurethane and was found at a waste site where plastic had been dumped.

The German researchers, at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research-UFZ in Leipzig who are behind the discovery, fed the bacterium key chemical components of polyurethane in the laboratory and found the bacteria can use the compounds as a sole source of carbon, nitrogen and energy.

However, they believe that it might be 10 years before the bacterium could be used at a large scale. According to the research, the next step would be to identify the genes that code for the enzymes produced by the bug that break down the polyurethane.