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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.

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.

Educating for recovery

Long term environmental protection requires more than just resource recovery, it also requires cultural change.

Australia has more than 500 active landfills, and hundreds more which are closed and require remediation. The vast majority of these landfills are owned by local government, meaning that in many cases, the long-term burden of remediating these sites falls to the communities in which they operate.

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.

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.

Victorian EPA to inspect high-risk tyre sites

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) Victoria will conduct inspections this week on waste tyre sites in northwest Melbourne.

The Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB), Brimbank City Council, Hume City Council and the City of Whittlesea will serve as co-regulators for the EPA inspections.

According to EPA Metro Manager Dan Hunt, the inspections will be conducted to enforce and ensure compliance with relevant fire safety regulations.

North West businesses win EPA sustainability award

A winning partnership between two North West businesses earns them top prize at this year’s 10th Tasmanian Community Achievement Awards.  

Greenham Tasmania of Smithton and Botanical Resources Australia (BRA) of Ulverstone joined forces to come up with Pyrethrum Marc Briquettes, clean biofuel briquettes made from pyrethrum waste that can be used as a substitute for coal.

The finished product enabled the two companies to take home the event’s top prize, the EPA Sustainability Award.

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