A newly-opened mechanical and biological waste treatment plant for municipal organic waste in Dandenong South, which is able to process 120,000 tonnes a year, will help southeast Melbourne councils and residents manage their waste more effectively.
Queensland’s container refund scheme has seen half-a-billion containers returned since the start of November 2018.
The South Australian state government has welcomed the City of Onkaparinga Council’s vote to introduce fortnightly green organics waste collection services for its residents. The move now means that all metropolitan councils will, or have moved, towards fortnightly green bin collection, in a bid to reduce the amount of waste being sent to landfill.
Recycling company Envorinex has officially opened their second soft plastic recycling plant at Bell Bay – the first in Tasmania – which is expected to process more than 1,500 tonnes of soft plastic a year and will represent a doubling of the company’s workforce with nine new permanent jobs created.
Energy storage company 1414 Degrees has switched on its gas thermal energy storage system (TESS) at the Glenelg Wastewater Treatment Plant in Adelaide, which will use biogas from human waste to store and deliver cheap, renewable energy.
Residents in townships across the Campaspe Shire are being asked to select their kitchen food scrap caddy, to help move their food waste from the kitchen to their kerbside green bin service.
A generated biogas, used directly in a food plant’s existing boiler, is helping to reduce carbon footprint, lower energy costs and provide cleaner wastewater effluent.
Recycling efforts have fallen short and recent bans on the import of plastic by China and India are pushing Australia and other first world nations to rethink new ways to deal with the crisis.
Melbourne Business School (MBS) has implemented a well-considered strategy to address issues of sustainability within its activities and has turned towards the BioPak Compost Service in a bid to reduce their waste on campus and diverting between 2,000 and 3,000kg of compostable waste, which previously went to landfill each month.
Tyre recycler Green Distillation Technologies (GDT), which has developed world-first technology that transforms old tyres into oil, carbon and steel, has received approval for its proposed Toowoomba plant from the Queensland Department of Environment and Science.