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New waste and recycling council formed

Five of Australia’s waste management and recycling heavyweights have joined forces to establish a new organisation to champion the industry.

Cleanaway, JJ Richards, Remondis, SUEZ and Veolia have agreed to form the National Waste & Recycling Industry Council (NWRIC), which will act as the industry’s national policy-setting body.

An open invitation has been extended to other waste and recycling companies with a national presence to join the Council.

Change is brewing: Nestle partners with Terracycle on coffee pods

While Australians certainly love their coffee, there are now more reasons to savor every cup, especially when nothing goes to waste. 

According to data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australians consume more than a million and a half cups of coffee a day, or around 2.4 kilograms of coffee grounds per person each year.

A survey conducted by Harris and Galaxy Research says that almost 35 per cent of households now have an espresso machine, which uses coffee pods.

Australia to drastically cut HFC emissions

Australia has pledged to cut its hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) emissions in the next 20 years.

In a statement jointly released by Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg, Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop and Minister for Industry, Innovation & Science Greg Hunt, Australia has agreed to the reductions at the Montreal Protocol Meeting in Kigali, Rwanda.

The country joins other developed nations in committing to HFC emissions reductions by 2036. Developing economies, meanwhile, will reduce their own HFC emissions by 2045-47.

Why bother with the circular economy?

The Circular Economy, what is it and why should we bother?

We are hearing more and more of the circular economy, an approach to resources that keeps materials away from waste, and brings them back into the productive economy. It rejects the status quo “take-make-dispose” linear economy in favour of cycling biological and technical materials.

Is Australia a great recycler or a great sorter and exporter?

The volatility of export markets is a key risk for the future of Australian recovery, argues Mike Haywood.

This is not meant to be a cynical crack at any body or even to demean the outstanding work that the resource recovery industry undertakes each year.

The reason I am writing this is to encourage discussion in regards to what happens once we have recovered “the commodity”.

UNSW: Australia lags on e-waste management

Australia has a lot of catching up to do with regard to managing e-waste, according to a report by the University of New South Wales.

The report, published in the Journal of Environmental Management, compared Australia’s e-waste laws with those of Japan and Switzerland, the two leading countries in e-waste management.

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