Retail giants Bunnings, IKEA and ALDI have joined forces to launch a new initiative that will help Australians reduce the amount of household waste ending up in landfill, which can become hazardous to the environment.
The use of asbestos was banned in Australia in 2004 immediately after the industry recognition of the life-threatening dangers associated with the inhalation of asbestos fibers. Medical conditions resulting from exposure to asbestos can take as long as 10 to 20 years to reveal themselves. Despite this ban, Australians still suffer from the consequences of existing buildings containing asbestos.
Facing the danger of reaching landfill capacity within 12 years, Shoalhaven City Council undertook an extensive process of consultation to find an economically and environmentally sound solution to the region’s waste issues. This process led council to Poland-based Bioelektra and its RotoSTERIL technology for utilisation in its new facility.
Greenbox has completed Australia’s largest technology asset disposal for the Department of Defence, with more than 110,000 information and communications technology (ICT) devices repurposed.
Perth-based Neometals have successfully commissioned stage 1 of its lithium-ion battery recycling pilot plant at the SGS Lakefield facility in Canada, which aims to deliver high-purity battery materials for market qualification.
After 11 years of research, the Rainbow Bee Eater (RBE) group have invented a waste-fuelled power plant that uses biomass to create clean burning fuel gas and electricity in a single step, with the aim of solving power generation and reliability issues in regional Australia, without the need for government subsidies or grants to be cost-effective.
The City of Bunbury will be turning its focus on recycling following a new agreement with waste collection company SUEZ.
HTX Solutions continues to demonstrate the effectiveness of the company’s patented solutions in the landfill market with ground-breaking results from a commercial scale installation at a Minnesota landfill.
It has now been over a year since China introduced its National Sword policy to restrict the importation of kerbside recyclable materials from the rest of the world. The purpose of the policy was to increase the recovery of domestically generated recyclables within China and further boost its own manufacturing. The new rule is a 0.5 per cent contamination rate in Australian exported material. Few Australian Materials Recovery Facilities (MRF) were built for that level of purity.
Researchers at the University of Canterbury (UC) in New Zealand have created a sustainable technology that could revolutionise the galvanising industry and save the environment from toxic acid waste.