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 […]
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.
OXYGEN FILES: Hands up if you’re keen to put the 2010s in a box and shelve them and hope like hell the 2020s will kick off scaled up, meaningful and cohesive action to save our global habitat?
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 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.
It might sound like an adult version of Hansel and Gretel, but houses made out of coffee grinds could become a reality in the future.
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.
The staggering amounts of waste generated by food courts and other shopping centres tenants is no longer going unnoticed. One shopping centre operator in Sydney thinks it’s now got the answer. How about a machine that weighs your waste?
Targets for procurement of products with recycled content by governments could be the game-changer the Australian recycling sector desperately needs.
A group of 13 councils in Western Australia’s south west have joined forces to accelerate their transitions to a circular economy.
There’s a new match-making service that started in Victoria that pairs up waste generators with remanufacturers, purchasers or recyclers that can repurpose the waste, and it’s got national ambitions.
Queensland’s overhaul of its waste management is not overlooking the vast potential for jobs creation and economic growth in its plans.
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 […]
A hotel in Sydney’s inner-city suburb Surry Hills has managed to eradicate its waste footprint altogether, diverting 53,000 tonnes of food waste each year and saving $30,240 on waste collection fees annually.
Imagine a technology that could soon make Timor-Leste the first plastic neutral economy in the world.
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.
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.
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.
In February last year China stopped importing many recyclables from overseas. It left Australia without an export market for its waste – as much as 1.25 million tonnes of material.
Benjamin Young’s business producing reusable coffee cups is staggering: it’s grown 600 per cent last year and the signs are still good for growth and innovation, with new products such as reusable shopping bags and straws on the way.
After a solid three-week break, The Fifth Estate team is back at the desks and gearing up for a big 2019.
The latest National Waste Report was released this month, and the data shows a worrying trend for the property sector.
OPINION: Professional services firm PwC is piloting a coffee exchange program that supplies and washes reusable coffee cups for its workers.
Would corporate Australia continue to function if climate change compromised coffee harvests to the point it became scarce and therefore unaffordable for most of us?
“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.
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.
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.
Have you spied kids or older folk in NSW rifling through your yellow top bins and stealing away bottles and other containers so they cash them in at the container deposit depot?
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. […]
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?