Major recycling reform in NSW is at a critical stage and the decision to push back a ban on waste glass exports from next month to next year, does not alleviate the urgent need for this reform to progess, according to Local Government NSW (LGNSW).
Divers working with the French non-profit organisation, Operations Mer Propre’s, which collects litter along the Côte d’Azur, has unearthed “COVID waste” dozens of masks, plastic gloves and hand sanitiser containers on the Mediterranean seabed, mingled with disposable cups and aluminium cans.
Every industry has the one seminal event where it gathers, connects and learns. For this industry, it is the Coffs Harbour Waste 2020 Conference. But with only weeks to go, the event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 restrictions.
South Australia’s Waste and Recycling Industry Association (WRISA) has appointed Adam Gray as CEO who has experience across local government, private consulting and peak industry associations. His areas of speciality include waste and recycling, natural resource management, climate adaptation and street lighting.
Printed paper waste has been excluded from the COAG Waste Export Ban until 2024, following a zoom meeting led by printing industry group The Real Media Collective (TRMC) and the Minister of Waste Reduction, Trevor Evans this week.
Brisbane City Council is cancelling its kerbside pick-up for the next two years as it redirects funds to help residents and businesses through COVID recovery.
Two new waste and resource recovery hubs in Melbourne’s CBD will help businesses reduce waste, limit the number of bins in laneways and encourage recycling. New bins will also be installed with solar-powered sensors to alert collectors when they need to be emptied.
As the illegal dumping of household goods increases under COVID restrictions, the New South Wales Government is encouraging councils, public land managers and community groups to apply for grants to tackle the problem in their local area. Councils have until July 17 to apply for the grants which are a part of the NSW Combating Illegal Dumping Clean-up and Prevention program.
The Australian Industrial Ecology Network (AIEN), the body behind the annual Waste To Energy Forum which was held in late February this year in Ballarat is calling for a national standard to move the waste-to-energy sector forward.
An Australian start up is aiming to stop solar waste from entering landfill by setting up the first solar panel recycling facility in New South Wales. Waste generated from the solar industry is growing as older systems are reaching their end of life and owners are replacing these with new, more powerful systems.