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Potential of Recycling Still to be Recognised
Recycling
21 November 2011

Potential of Recycling Still to be Recognised

The government‚Äôs announcement of a¬†carbon price plan might well lead to a¬†rise in recycling rates for high embodied¬†energy materials such as aluminium and¬†plastics, but could also bring challenges¬†such as increased operating costs. While¬†the industry awaits further details from¬†the government, industry consultant¬†Mike Ritchie said the carbon plan is the¬†right reform but that waste and recycling¬†remain the […]

Is Education Wasted on C&I?
Recycling
5 September 2011

Is Education Wasted on C&I?

Every waste conference has a stream for waste education. But in the fastest growing generator – commercial and Industrial (C&I) – does it produce any results? By results I refer to real reductions in waste to landfill measured in hundreds of thousands of tonnes ‚Äď the scale on which other initiatives such as landfill pricing, […]

Waste Explosion
Waste
1 May 2011

Waste Explosion

Many of us are conscientious recyclers who¬†use our council bins, compost waste and say¬†no to plastic bags. However, as KAREN SHAW¬†finds out, there‚Äôs still so much more to be done. Read more  

Know Your Streams
Recycling
1 April 2011

Know Your Streams

By Mike Ritchie – Landfill charges in Sydney are going to increase from $200 a tonne to $300 in the next four years, courtesy of the landfill levy, rising landfill costs and inflation. The same trend is happening in Victoria, Queensland and other major cities as a result of government policies, particularly levies, stricter environmental […]

Killing Two Birds … The Compost and Carbon Story
Recycling
2 September 2010

Killing Two Birds … The Compost and Carbon Story

By Mike Ritchie, MRA Consulting Group Global warming is the problem  Global warming, due to anthropogenic (your and my) emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG), is a reality that all but a few fringe dwellers, now accept. In a natural system plants photosynthesis CO2 from the atmosphere, expire oxygen and take up soil nutrients. Plants are […]

Carbon Committee to Champion Waste
Waste
1 June 2010

Carbon Committee to Champion Waste

By Mike Ritchie – The WMAA has moved to strengthen the voice of¬†the waste industry in forming a National Carbon¬†Committee. It is important that potential contribution¬†from the waste industry is recognised in any scheme and¬†is not lost in the debate about the major emitters like¬†power stations. The waste industry has the ability to produce, at¬†relatively […]

Clever waste contracts
Waste
7 May 2010

Clever waste contracts

As levies rise throughout Australia, here are the essential tips on how to get the best waste collection service possible. Industry veteran Mike Ritchie gives the low down. Companies regularly ask for advice on the ‚Äėbest‚Äô and most cost-effective recycling and waste management systems, particularly in a rapidly changing market with lots of innovation going […]

CPRS Conversations from WasteQ Conference
Waste
9 June 2009

CPRS Conversations from WasteQ Conference

Efforts to “demystify” the proposed Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme dominated early discussions at the WasteQ conference in Brisbane. Delegates heard from a range of speakers, who raised almost as many questions as they answered. Read more

Infrastructure Critical for Future Waste Management
Landfill
13 May 2009

Infrastructure Critical for Future Waste Management

By Angela Dorizas – The waste management industry has called for government intervention and investment in¬†alternative waste technologies to prevent carbon pricing from crippling local communities. Speaking at the New South Wales Sustainable Development Conference in Sydney, state¬†president of the Waste Management Association of Australia, Mike Ritchie, warned that without¬†government intervention the increasing volume of […]

WMAA Leadership’s Split Personalities
Recycling
1 April 2009

WMAA Leadership’s Split Personalities

This year‚Äôs election for the top¬†leadership positions at the Waste¬†Management Association of Australia¬†is shaping up as a referendum on¬†the organisation‚Äôs future. One camp¬†wants WMAA to step up and take a¬†more active role leading debate. The¬†other argues WMAA‚Äôs primary role as a¬†place to foster best practice training¬†and knowledge would be threatened¬†if certain groups were alienated by¬†controversial […]

Lessons in Sorting Garbage
Landfill
1 April 2009

Lessons in Sorting Garbage

By Katrina Vella – Liverpool is to have a cleaner future¬†with the opening of the SITA waste¬†treatment plant in Kemps Creek. Liverpool residents generate¬†70,000 tonnes of waste a year with¬†just 16 per cent being recycled. The plant will be able to recycle¬†82 percent of this. The $50 million facility, which will¬†be fully operational in July, […]

Incentives Needed for Recycling
Recycling
3 September 2008

Incentives Needed for Recycling

By Mike Ritchie – The reality for business is that dumping waste in a landfill is often cheaper than recycling. So unless commonwealth and state governments make recycling general waste more commercially attractive. the outcome will be more landfilling. Read more

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