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Reviewing the Review From Rubbish to Resources – Building a Circular Economy

Reviewing the Review From Rubbish to Resources – Building a Circular Economy

24 December 2020
Karinne Taylor critically reviews the House Committee on Industry, Innovation, Science and Resources report “From Rubbish to Resources: Building a Circular Economy”.
The role of landfills in a circular economy
Circular Economy
2 November 2020

The role of landfills in a circular economy

Waste is like a river that flows downhill to the cheapest price. Landfills are like big vacuum cleaners - they suck up waste and resources indiscriminately. If we continue to supply cheaply priced landfills, then that is where our waste will go. There will always be a place for well-run landfills. But if we want to create a circular economy, then the first and most obvious thing we need to do, is stop the one-way flow into landfills.

Actions for a circular economy
Policy
16 September 2019

Actions for a circular economy

Following up on his earlier Circular Economy article, Mike Ritchie reviews the European Union Circular Economy Action Plan report of 54 actions and adjusts those actions to propose an equivalent action list for Australia.

Driving a circular economy
Policy
18 August 2019

Driving a circular economy

A circular economy is necessary to minimise landfill, increase resources recovery and protect our natural environment. A strong local reprocessing sector will also generate new jobs, support the economy and safeguard Australia from international developments such as China's National Sword. Mike Ritchie outlines the key drivers for a strong Circular Economy in Australia.

Why bother with the circular economy?
Circular Economy
6 October 2016

Why bother with the circular economy?

By Mike Ritchie – Managing Director, MRA Consulting Group The circular economy matters… 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 […]

The circular economy is becoming mainstream
Circular Economy
6 September 2016

The circular economy is becoming mainstream

By Mike Ritchie – Managing Director, MRA Consulting Group The idea of waste as a resource is not a new one. It’s an idea that has been around for years, decades even, but it’s an idea that has struggled to get onto the mainstream agenda. Putting materials out for recycling is well accepted; reincorporating those […]

Investors flocking to waste sector
In the Media
26 August 2021

Investors flocking to waste sector

The waste industry has what the carbon sector doesn't – a target widely viewed as ambitious, as well as a substantial price to spur waste abatement – and that has prompted a huge increase in investor interest, says MRA Consulting Group.

NSW provides significant support for infrastructure
Grants
18 August 2021

NSW provides significant support for infrastructure

The NSW Government Remanufacture NSW grants have been awarded with 22 projects receiving a total of $24m. Grant recipients have committed another $59m investment for a combined total investment of $83m across projects.

Organic waste should not get preference in landfills
Circular Economy
30 June 2021

Organic waste should not get preference in landfills

A response to Sam Bateman’s “Is landfill part of the circular economy?”

NSW Government endorses ‘Organics Revolution’
Circular Economy
16 June 2021

NSW Government endorses ‘Organics Revolution’

The NSW Waste and Sustainable Materials Strategy 2041: (Stage 1 – 2021-2027) has endorsed diversion of organic waste from landfill to deliver substantive reductions in greenhouse gas emissions from NSW landfills.

SA grant opportunities
Grants
23 April 2021

SA grant opportunities

A number of resource recovery sector grants are currently open in South Australia.

Bin colour matters
Circular Economy
9 April 2021

Bin colour matters

Federal Environment Minister Susan Ley supports standardised waste collection systems, including a common bin lid colour across Australia. We propose to also standardise the colour of the bin's body to maximise recycled plastic use.

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