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Australians recycle more, care less about the environment

New findings from Roy Morgan Research for Recycling Week suggests that Australians do not necessarily identify as environmentalists, despite being keen recyclers.

As of September this year, nearly 18 million people - or 91.1% of the population - have admitted to recycling waste, with women (91.8%) slightly more than men (90.4%)

But as the recycling rate has grown in the last 15 years, only 63.2% of Australians say they are concerned for the environment, down from 68.8% in 2001.

EPA orders nine waste companies to shape up

Nine waste operators run afoul of Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) NSW for various waste-related offences committed in western Sydney.

A total of $113,500 was meted out in fines. According to EPA Executive Director of Resource Recovery Steve Beaman, the facilities had put the environment and human health at risk.  

ISWA offers roadmap to close the world’s worst dumpsites

The International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) has warned of the risks to public health and safety posed by the world’s biggest dumpsites.

At its World Annual Congress held last month, the ISWA presented its Roadmap for closing waste dumpsites, citing statistics of more than 750 deaths between December 2015 to June 2016 related to poor waste management.

EPA Victoria issues draft landfill licences following review

The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Victoria is now issuing draft licences to landfill operators, following a review started in 2015. 

According to EPA Development Assessments Manger Tim Faragher, EPA began reviewing 65 licences to ensure that former and existing landfills complied with Victorian environmental guidelines. 

Veolia offers waste customers digital reporting

Veolia Australia has partnered with technology provider Envizi to offer customers digital tracking for waste and recycling activities.

Touting the offering as unprecedented in Australia’s waste industry, Veolia will provide its customers with information on key metrics including total spend, waste diversion and intensity data.

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