Pact Group, manufacturer of rigid plastic packaging for the Australasian region, has called on the Australian government to provide incentives to companies that divert waste from landfill.
The risk that plastic pollution poses to the world’s declining sea turtle populations has been quantified for the first time.
A new study from HP Australia and Planet Ark found that while over 90 per cent of Australian consumers and businesses are concerned about environmental sustainability, only half believe they are doing their fair share to protect the planet.
While over half of Australians (58 per cent) have received a plastic single-use gift card in the past year, PayPal research reveals that most of them (57 per cent) would have preferred a digital alternative, as it is better for the environment.
The Environmental Services Association (ESA) has called for ‘smarter’ measures of recycling progress to replace the current weight-based metrics, in the second of two new reports that looks at what it will take to meet the recycling targets proposed by the EU Circular Economy Package (CEP).
NSW has dropped its litter volume by 37% since 2013 and Return and Earn has been responsible for a third reduction in its type of drink container litter, according to new litter figures for NSW from Keep Australia Beautiful (KAB).
The announcement comes as part of a drive from Australia to bring to life a biofuel industry that has been neglected for more than a decade, according to economists from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). They state that increasing bioethanol production could play a huge part in lifting the country’s energy security.
“It is clear that biofuels industries can grow economies, particularly in regional and rural areas where there is an abundance of agriculture residue that can be transformed into high-value bio-products,” they add. Read more
Recovering and reusing resources is a key focus for the Victorian government and Sustainability Victoria, and as such, has been exploring ways to increase the use of recycled materials in the construction and maintenance of infrastructure such as roads, railways and footpaths.
“The problem we’ve found is that there have been a lot of recycled plastics and glass bottles that have been stockpiled on sites, to the point that there’s no more room available,” said Swinburne University of Technology’s Dr Yat Choy Wong. Read more
MobileMuster’s manager Spyro Kalos says that in the past 12 months MobileMuster has collected and recycled 79 tonnes of mobile phone components, including over one million handsets and batteries.
As the industry product stewardship program moves into its 20th year, the mobile telecommunications industry continues to invest and lead the way in product stewardship providing a free take back and recycling service for all mobile phone users, along with retailers, workplaces and local councils within Australia. Read more
Led by ANU’s Andrew Blakers, Bin Lu and Matthew Stocks, the study suggests that with most of Australia’s current fleet of coal generators due to retire before 2030, a mix of solar PV and wind energy that is supported by pumped hydro storage would be the cheapest option for the country moving forward.
According to ANU lead researcher Professor Andrew Blakers, the zero-emissions grid would mainly rely on wind and solar PV technology, with support from pumped hydro storage, and would eliminate Australia’s need for coal and gas-fired power. Read more