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Even when it stinks - it's safe

Living near a non-hazardous landfill is safe, even when it’s odorous, reveals the latest scientific study from the Victorian EPA.

The study [PDF], authored by Environmental Risk Sciences is one of most comprehensive to date on the effects of living near landfills. The study focuses on air emissions and updates a study published in 2013 by RMIT University.

MacKay to present tender for bulk waste, landfill management

MacKay Regional Council is set to make a significant tender recommendation for bulk waste transport and landfill operations.

The tender, to be presented at Council on 14 December 2016, carries a net present value of $40 million, and is expected to apply national best practices at the Hogan’s Pocket landfill and Paget Transfer station, including bulk waste transported between the two facilities.

NSW EPA closes illegal landfill in Wallacia

The NSW EPA closed an illegal landfill accepting contaminated soil and asbestos in the Penrith City Council area last week.

Officers from the EPA, NSW Police Force and Penrith City Council commenced Operation Southern Hawk in the Wallacia area, along Park and Mulgoa Roads, in response to public reports frequent truck traffic and intelligence gathered from aerial surveillance.

Supermarket food diversion wins ERF carbon credits

The Clean Energy Regulator is now paying supermarkets to divert food waste from landfill.

The Food Waste Diversion Project has been awarded a carbon abatement contract by the Clean Energy Regulator (CER), one of 49 projects approved during the most recent ERF auction held on 16 and 17 November 2016.

Western Australia now paying for litter reduction

Western Australia is launching a new program that rewards volunteer groups with cash payments, a new paradigm in litter reduction.

The Clean Communities Initiative was launched by the Liberal National Government to further promote recycling, according to Environment Minister Albert Jacob.

"The Clean Communities Initiative encourages volunteers who already do community litter work to separate rubbish from reusable items so more recyclable materials can be recovered," he said.

Fourth ERF auction results released

The Clean Energy Regulator (CER) has released the results of the fourth Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) bidding, held on 16-17 November.

A total of 47 contracts have been awarded at the bidding, covering 49 projects. The largest single contract awarded is for 7.5 million tonnes of abatement, with the smallest at 20,000 tonnes.

Some 98.6% of abatements were accepted below the benchmark price. Contracted abatement for carbon dioxide equivalent emissions (CO2-e) reached 34.4 million tonnes.

Know Your Council website offers waste data on VIC councils

Victoria’s Know Your Council website resource shows a substantial improvement in waste services across councils.

According to the latest data, the number of missed bin collections has been drastically reduced, resulting in more waste diverted from landfill.

One year after the performance data was made available to the public, councils have reportedly shown improvement on more than a third of the performance measures set by Government.

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