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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.

Asia leads growth in waste-to-energy market

The waste-to-energy (WtE) market continues its strong global growth, with Asian leading the charge.

In its “Waste to Energy 2016/17” report, Germany-based consultancy firm ecoprog said that worldwide treatment capacity reached more than 300 million annual tonnes, with close to 2,150 plants operating in late 2015.

Toxfree turns to Blubox for e-waste recycling

To enhance its e-waste recycling capability, Toxfree now utilizes BluBox for handling and recovering material from hazardous waste.

Designed in Switzerland, Blubox is a modular and automated e-waste recycling system, intended to handle next-generation e-waste such as flat panel displays, smartphones and laptops. It can also accept other electronic devices such as toasters and hair dryers.  

NSW EPA proposes minimum standard for C+D recovery

The NSW EPA has released for public consultation draft amendments to improve the quality and quantity of reusable construction and demolition material in NSW.

The proposed reforms introduce new targets for the sorting, recycling and disposal of construction and demolition (C&D) waste at waste facilities that receive more than 6,000 tonnes per year and that deal with majority of C&D waste in NSW.

The LH 22 - cleaner, faster, safer

Learn how Enviro Recycling worked with Liebherr-Australia to implement the best available technology for resource recovery.

Based in Sydney, Enviro Recycling is a recently established construction and demolition (C&D) recovery business aiming to provide its customers with exceptional service while reducing pollution and preserving resources.

Waste Less, Recycle More extended to 2021

Australia’s largest recycling program - Waste Less, Recycle More - has been extended out to 2021.

NSW Environment Minister Mark Speakman announced the extension late last week, offering a further $337 million over four years from 2017-21. Funding for the program will continue to be via hypothecation of the NSW waste levy.

Under the first phase of Waste Less Recycle More  - projects are expected to process 2.2 million of waste and create an additional 845 jobs.

Recycling project generates more jobs in Queensland

A bags-to-benches recycling program brings environmental and economic benefit to north Queenslanders.   

According to Environment Minister Dr. Steven Miles, 23 collection sites from Mossman to Sarina in North Queensland have diverted over 82,000 bags from landfill for recycling, which in turn generated additional full-time jobs.  

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”.

Cleanaway doubles recycling capacity at Memmant

Cleanaway’s has completed upgrades to its Memmant recycling centre in Brisbane, doubling its capacity.

The company described how the new Hemmant Recycling and Resource Recovery Centre will have the capacity to receive and recover 75,000 tonnes per year, approximately double the capacity of the former centre.

Among the 75,000 tonnes of waste a year that can be recovered and recycled at the new centre, include;

  • Old corrugated containers,


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