While the Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia (WMRR) said it’s pleased with the government’s commitment of significant new funds to the industry, CEO Gayle Sloan said that several other elements had to be driven now, and “driven at high throttle too”.
The Recycling Modernisation Fund (RMF) created by the federal government and shored up with $190 million is geared to generate another $600 million of industry recycling investment and drive a billion-dollar transformation of Australia’s waste and recycling capacity.
The WARR industry and state and territory governments have until July 31 to submit collaborative project proposals to the federal government for a national solution for local mixed-paper recycling.
The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has decided that the Waste Management Award 2020 is a Group 2 Award resulting in an increase of 1.75% from the start of the first full pay period on or after November 1, 2020.
Veolia Environmental Services Australia, Sacyr Environment Australia Pacific Partnerships and Remondis (a consortium comprised of Pacific Partnerships and Remondis Australia, together with CIMIC Group Companies CPB Contractors and UGL) have been shortlisted for new waste management infrastructure in Victoria.
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.