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BINGO steps up the circular economy stakes

Over the past couple of years BINGO Industries has stepped up its footprint in the waste/resource recovery sector. BINGO was acquired by Macquarie Asset Management (MAM) in 2021. Over this time the company has aggressively invested in recycling infrastructure including its new MPC2 processing facility at Eastern Creek, and a new closed loop wet and …

Visy joins forces with RMIT Uni over energy-‘smart’ bricks

Engineers have invented energy-‘smart’ bricks with scrap materials, including glass, that are normally destined for landfill. RMIT University engineers collaborated …

Northern Territory reducing waste to landfill

Over the last 15 years the Northern Territory (NT) has reduced its waste to landfill from 460kt/yr to 370 kt/yr …

How Catalonia incentivised its FOGO market

By Johannes Biala Being on holiday in Europe last year, a composting friend insisted that, if I am going to Barcelona, I need to see ‘Francesc’, who has set up and runs the organics recycling scheme in Catalonia. Catalonia is an autonomous region in Spain that is home to around 8 million people. My friend …

Cleanaway/Viva Energy join forces for food plastics solution

Cleanaway and Viva Energy have announced they have entered into an agreement to undertake a pre-feasibility assessment of a circular solution for soft plastics and other hard-to-recycle plastics currently sent to landfill and transform them back into feedstock for food-grade plastic resin. The partners want to provide a sustainable soft-plastics solution for food manufacturers and …

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The impact of landfill levies on the C&D sector

The first landfill levies were imposed in NSW in 1971 and it cost approximately $0.50 a tonne. Since then, several issues have arisen with regards to levies, especially over the past decade when government-imposed waste targets have shown the important role levies have to play if those targets are to be met. According to the …
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Utility helps divert 175,000 tonnes of food waste from landfill

A Victorian Water Utility’s food waste to energy facility has processed over 175,000 tonnes of commercial waste otherwise destined for landfill. This milestone for the Wollert facility, which was Victoria’s first food waste to energy plant, comes as the utility, Yarra Valley Water, has started construction on its second, larger facility in Lilydale. Commercial food …
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Visy hits new milestone with recycled glass target

Australian recycler and remanufacturer, Visy, has hit a new high when it comes to including recycled glass in its packaging. It has included an average of 63 per cent recycled glass in its packaging across Australia and New Zealand (this financial year to date). The achievement represents a 5 per cent increase compared to the …

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Wetherill Park return and earn depot celebrates start

 The Fairfield community came together to celebrate the new Wetherill Park Return and Earn depot’s and its incredible start since …
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JR Richards takes over Armidale rubbish collection contract

Armidale Regional Council’s new waste services operation has had JR Richards take over the eight-year contract for the collection of residents’ red and green lid garbage bins and Armidale Recycling Services returning for a new contract. JR Richards has used route optimisation software and worked closely with the incumbent collection contractors to produce the improved …

Speakers announced for VWMA event

Revelations about asbestos found in mulch at a park in Melbourne’s west – following a spate of similar incidents in …
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Council doubles e-waste collection scheme

A NSW council will trial an expansion of its E-Waste collection and recycling program, doubling its frequency to twice a year. Every year, the Hills Shire Council hosts an E-Waste recycling event at Castle Hill Showground, drawing in thousands of residents eager to dispose of their unwanted and broken electronic devices. The most recent E-Waste …
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Waste company fined $280K over offensive odours

A waste collection company has been fined $280,000 by the NSW Land and Environment Court, after the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) received around 750 complaints from residents in Sydney’s west, about offensive odours that smelled like rotten eggs. This occurred in 2021. The Court ordered Dial-A-Dump (EC) Pty Ltd to pay the EPA’s investigation …