Australia’s first plastics summit opens on Monday March 2, with a specific focus on the progress of the 2018 National Waste Policy Action Plan which has a target of phasing out problematic and unnecessary plastics by 2025. Department of Agriculture, Water and The Environment Minister, Sussan Ley is hosting the Summit at Parliament House in Canberra.
The Western Australian Government has encouraged the community to give feedback on two consultation papers on waste reform in WA – ‘Closing the loop: waste reforms for a circular economy’ and ‘Review of the waste levy’.
Pact Group, Cleanaway Waste Management and Asahi Beverages plan to develop a plastic pelletising facility in a collaborative effort to contribute to a circular economy.
Up to $2 million is being made available in the latest round of Sustainability Victoria’s (SV) E-waste Infrastructure Grants by Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio. This is part of the $16.5m funding from the state government. This fund will increase Victoria’s ability to manage e-waste and continue to expand public access to e-waste disposal points.
Australia is behind in some aspects of waste management, such as energy from waste, but it is thriving in other areas – for example by trialling an app that tells users how they can recycle an item. Inside Waste explored where Australia’s waste management efforts fit in comparison to other nations.
In 2015/16 there were more than 20 million visitors to Bondi Beach. As one of the most popular beach- side regions in Australia, there is a constant flow of people moving to the area for several months before moving on to the next sandy spot.
Cleanaway has reopened several waste processing facilities in Victoria after they were closed under the ownership of SKM Recycling.
Sustainability is at the forefront of various organisations’ minds. From the ski slopes of Perisher Valley, to the halls of universities across Australia – waste and resource recovery has taken precedence.
The ACT Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) is temporarily storing paper and cardboard to manage the impacts of the bushfire crisis in NSW.