Victoria’s circular economy strategy, the first engineered timber hotel and more

NEWS IN BRIEF: The Victorian government released its circular economy strategy this week, which included a new purple bin for glass waste because it’s a big contaminant in recycling streams. There’s also a container deposit scheme and plans to invest $100 million in research that will help expand the local processing and manufacturing industry and create more products. The government […]

Dynamic, viable – and just – businesses doing well in Oz

Discussions about manufacturing in Australia tend to focus on either the demise of the car industry or the potential of advanced manufacturing to reinvigorate the sector as a whole.

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.

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.

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.

NABERS adds coffee cups to waste platform and more

Brief: NABERS has expanded its waste platform so that waste performance in buildings can be tracked in real time and after it has left the premises. New waste streams have been added, including coffee cups, medical waste, pallets, textiles and mattresses (the more that’s recycled the better the rating). The waste platform is also opening […]

The construction industry needs a “Peak Embedded Carbon Day”

The construction industry’s canary in the mineshaft is its most visible flaw – waste. David Chandler suggests that a galvanising call to reduce its embedded carbon would modernise and lift its game.

The hidden costs of IoT and smart cities

Smart city technologies and the Internet of Things may have a downside that policy and processes are yet to address – the potential to add to growing volumes of ewaste.

Queensland and waste: time to sort out the mess

Between 2017 and 2018, Queensland reported a 37 per cent increase in the amount of waste shipped in from interstate. This brought its annual reported waste to 10.9 million tonnes, a level it’s now looking to reduce with a new waste management and resource recovery strategy. 

QandA with Tamara DiMattina on the New Joneses

“if it wanted to, the AFL could stop climate change”. Big call, but this CEO was referring to the power of the AFL to educate and drive positive change.

Tyre waste to screech to a halt in Toowoomba

Aside from the few tyres that are turned into park swings or are ground up for soccer ground surfaces, most tyres from Australian cars and trucks go to waste or are exported overseas to be turned into fuel.

Waste criminals: NSW EPA is out to get you

NSW has a new crack team out to find and prosecute the worst criminals in the waste industry, some of whom are serial offenders. But no need to look complacent, apparently one in three of us has illegally dumped at some time.

Our pick of the recycling and waste jobs this week

Recycling jobs in Australia could increase by 50 per cent if stakeholders embrace Australian Council of Recycling’s new plan for “rebooting” the nation’s “stagnant” recycling industry. “Australia is currently ranked about 17th in the world for recycling, and recycling rates are stagnant. That also means stagnation in jobs that this industry contributes,” ACOR’s 10-point plan states. […]

Gov on how to make waste sexy while industry and states ask for incentives

New national waste targets, including the phasing out of “problematic and unnecessary” single-use plastic packaging sound right on cue with the current mood among voters and consumer. But key industry players and some state government leaders wondering who will foot the bill?