Property Industry Foundation giving unwanted office furniture a second lease on life

With the global pandemic and the digital age prompting many organisations to downsize or move offices, the Property Industry Foundation has set up a new program where surplus furniture is collected and sold, and proceeds donated to homeless youth. The Property Industry Foundation Furniture Fund aims to make furniture removal easy, sustainable and socially just, […]

Budget on waste welcome but contains too much recycling (of announcements)

The federal government budget announcement on waste looks good but according to experts, it’s a rehash of funding already announced. If the government really wanted to change up the agenda on waste it could do little better than put its money where its mouth is and mandate better practices in its own procurement policies. After […]

Rose Read: how this award winner wants to tackle the big challenges in waste and recycling

A background with MobileMuster and mentoring by Clean Up Australia co-founder Ian Kiernan are just part of the varied background that helped Rose Read of National Waste and Recycling Industry Council win an industry award recently. According to Rose Read, chief executive officer of the National Waste and Recycling Industry Council (NWRIC) who recently won […]

So now it’s a myth that plastics are filling our ocean? Say what?

Australian Council of Recycling has placed the blame for excess packaging on consumers and says plastic pollution in the ocean is “a myth with no scientific basis” and that the “proportion of plastics in the environment is less than one per cent of all the plastic that is generated and used by us as humans on an annual basis”.  But this is not what the science says, nor the analysis.

Queensland’s Container Recycling Scheme comes under fire

Investigations into Queensland’s Container Recycling Scheme have revealed “serious inadequacies” and a lack of transparency at the hands of the beverage industry. Last week, Total Environment Centre released a report with information from its own investigations, public data and the Queensland Productivity Commission highlighting two main issues, and calling for greater transparency and reporting, an […]

NCC doesn’t cover demolition and contaminated lamps in landfill are the result

Around 85 per cent of mercury-containing fluorescent tubes and lamps still go to landfill –poisoning our land and water tables – even though it’s illegal and Australia has signed an international convention. Simple changes to the National Construction Code (NCC) are part of the solution.  

Coronavirus could nudge product design in a more circular direction

It’s time for wide-open creativity as we work our way of the pandemic crisis. What about more local manufacturing and production – and a big eye on circular economy as we go? New research that just received grant funding might help lead the way.

How to avoid drowning in our waste

Earlier this year, some Beijing residents found that in order to throw away their rubbish they would have to have their faces scanned by the rubbish bin. Big Brother in a bin? Even George Orwell wouldn’t have thought of that one.

Councils combine to drive local recycling procurement

A coalition of NSW local councils have voluntarily set a target to recycle 45 million glass bottles into useful products each year in an effort to stimulate investment in the region’s recycling industry.

Michael Mobbs won’t pay his council rates for waste

Michael Mobbs is taking his own climate emergency action and will stop paying council garbage rates. It’s the least his local council can do if it’s serious about its climate emergency declaration, he says.

Responsibility for plastic pollution starts at the top

If the corporate world wants to play a meaningful role in solving our plastic pollution crisis it should stop blaming consumers and start accepting responsibility for its packaging.

Coles trials zero waste to landfill… while sending a lot of waste to landfill

Every day, Coles’ Wentworth Point supermarket in western Sydney sends about six and a half shopping trolleys’ worth of rubbish to landfill but the store plans to cut that dramatically under an initiative by the grocery giant to find new ways to reduce waste in stores.

The rise of the repairers is subversive… but excellent news

In Sweden you get a tax deduction for fixing the TV instead of throwing it out and Victoria now has 25 repair cafes and there are more springing up around the country. Beware this subversive movement is sweeping Australia too, fighting waste, excess consumerism and built-in obsolescence.