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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.

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.

TWU calls for tougher asbestos policy

The Transport Workers Union (TWU) is calling on the NSW state government to adopt stricter legislation against illegal asbestos dumping.

TWU NSW secretary Michael Aird has called for government to implement a “one strike, you’re out” policy to combat the increasing rate of illegal dumping, and to reign in rogue operators.

The policy would cover operators and clients caught illegally dumping, underpaying minimum rates or not maintaining their tip trucks.

WA’s WARR Act receives big tick

The Western Australian Waste Avoidance Resource Recovery Act 2007 received no legislative amendments following a compulsory review.

The WARR Act meets its objectives and aligns with the state government’s waste policy.

The report was prepared by the Department of Environment Regulation (DER) on behalf of WA’s Environment Minister, Albert Jacob.

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