OPINION

Waste of a nation

Waste of a nation

There has been much focus on China's change in policy towards the importation of recyclables, and where this leaves us here in Australia.

- Read more
Contamination in recycling: where's the confusion?

Contamination in recycling: where's the confusion?

We're waging a #waroncontamination to get Australia's kerbside recycling to a higher quality to ensure it can be recovered as a valuable commodity.

- Read more
Three areas where AI can turn buzz into biz today

Three areas where AI can turn buzz into biz today

Are you an AI optimist, or pessimist? Bas de Vos, director of global enterprise software provider IFS's creative think tank IFS Labs, argues for a more pragmatic view of AI.

- Read more
The rise of the "Phenix": giving a second life to food waste

The rise of the "Phenix": giving a second life to food waste

According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), a third of the world's food output is lost or wasted between the time it is produced and the time it is consumed.

- Read more
Microplastics: small plastics, big problem

Microplastics: small plastics, big problem

Almost everything we own and buy contains plastics. Look around. If it's not the chair you're sitting on, or that part of a pen in your drawer, that bottle in your refrigerator, it may be this thing you're holding - your smartphone, or a keyboard, or...

- Read more
Recycling in the bush - great opportunity for PM and deputy PM

Recycling in the bush - great opportunity for PM and deputy PM

During their tour of drought-impacted districts, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack have a great opportunity to consider recycling's benefits for the bush and drought resilience.

- Read more
We have no idea how much microplastic is in Australia's soil (but it could be a lot)

We have no idea how much microplastic is in Australia's soil (but it could be a lot)

Microplastics in the ocean, pieces of plastic less than 5mm in size, have shot to infamy in the last few years. Governments and businesses targeted microbeads in cosmetics, some were banned, and the world felt a little better.

- Read more
If we can't recycle it, why not turn our waste plastic into fuel?

If we can't recycle it, why not turn our waste plastic into fuel?

Australia's recycling crisis needs us to look into waste management options beyond just recycling and landfilling. Some of our waste, like paper or organic matter, can be composted. Some, like glass, metal and rigid plastics, can be recycled. But we have...

- Read more
From town halls to chat bots: how community engagement has evolved

From town halls to chat bots: how community engagement has evolved

When was the first time you heard of pantsuits? If you're old enough to have worn them when they were original, you may still be struggling with the fundamental value of social media. The social media concept itself may conjure up images of disengaged...

- Read more
Environment ministers must act on microbead ban and recycling crisis

Environment ministers must act on microbead ban and recycling crisis

While nine out of 10 Australians support government action on recycling, state and federal governments continue to waste time arguing about who is responsible for addressing the problem. China's global ban on plastic and paper imports continues to bite...

- Read more