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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.

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.

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.

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.

EPA urges responsible transport of C&D waste

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) South Australia is cracking down on trucks with exposed waste during transport.

Launching the Operation Cover-Up task force, the agency is now coordinating with the waste and construction industry to seek cooperation and support from the sector in ensuring the safe and responsible transport of waste.

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.

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