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Northern Territory Waste Strategy – a good first step
Strategy
23 December 2014

Northern Territory Waste Strategy – a good first step

The Northern Territory EPA has released its inaugural Waste Strategy. While the strategy is a great first step for the region, there is still much more to be done. But first, let’s talk about the context for the strategy. The NT has a number of characteristics which make it unique. It has a very a […]

MRA takes on semi-aggregator role to bring landfills into ERF
Carbon
18 December 2014

MRA takes on semi-aggregator role to bring landfills into ERF

Waste and environment consultancy MRA has launched a new service to help councils benefit from the Emissions Reduction Fund. The service will involve MRA acting on behalf of councils to help them prepare and make ERF bids for landfill abatement projects. Environment Minister Greg Hunt has high hopes for these sorts of aggregation schemes, which […]

The Murray Murrumbidgee Industrial Ecology Network News Update
Recycling
2 December 2014

The Murray Murrumbidgee Industrial Ecology Network News Update

With your help, we’ve been working hard to recover valuable resources in the Murray Murrumbidgee region. As the year comes to a close, we’d like to highlight some of the network’s recent developments. Albury Workshop A successful workshop with over 40 attendees was held in Albury on August 25th. From this workshop MRA identified three […]

The ERF has passed – now what?
Carbon
14 November 2014

The ERF has passed – now what?

With the Emissions Reduction Fund passing the Senate, industry can expect a 15-fold increase in scale of emissions reductions projects. The Emissions Reduction Fund is national scheme which provides $2.55 billion over three years to purchase emissions reductions. This $2.55 billion is budgeted to cover 2014-15 to 2017-18. Based on the average budget expenditure, this […]

Cost-effective nappy disposal – does a solution exist?
Recycling
29 September 2014

Cost-effective nappy disposal – does a solution exist?

The most cost effective way to recover food and green waste, which account for more than 60% of an average household’s garbage bin, is via a three bin system with food and green waste (FOGO) in the same bin… but should nappy waste be included the mix? About 15 councils across Australia currently run FOGO […]

360 recycling bins; a worthwhile innovation
Recycling
18 September 2014

360 recycling bins; a worthwhile innovation

Australians are the best household recyclers in the world. Our domestic kerbside recycling rates are second to none. But even so, we still put about 15-30% of all recyclables into the wrong bin. That is, into the garbage bin instead of the recycling bin. By Mike Ritchie. In NSW, this loss of recyclables accounts for […]

Waste Less Recycle More infrastructure grants
Recycling
19 August 2014

Waste Less Recycle More infrastructure grants

The first round of Waste Less Recycle More infrastructure grants came to a close in early March, with consultants and applicants alike breathing a sigh of relief as schedules, cost benefit analyses and application forms were submitted to the Environmental Trust for appraisal. The opportunities promised by the WLRM package are immense. Traditional waste service […]

MWMG expands role; regional waste groups consolidated
Waste
6 August 2014

MWMG expands role; regional waste groups consolidated

Victoria’s Metropolitan Waste Management Group (MWMG) has a new name to reflect its expanded role as part of an amendment to the Environment Protection Act, which also led to the amalgamation of regional waste groups. The amendment, effective from August 1, means that the group’s role will now cover all waste streams, adding commercial and […]

Many EfW evangelists, but how do we engage the community?
EfW
30 July 2014

Many EfW evangelists, but how do we engage the community?

Community engagement and the waste hierarchy were the running themes of the 2014 Energy from Waste Symposium held in Lorne, Victoria last week. According to NSW EPA director waste and resource recovery strategy Steve Beaman, those who attended the Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA) event were already energy-from-waste “evangelists” who agreed with the direction […]

WMAA on carbon policy
Carbon
30 July 2014

WMAA on carbon policy

The Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA) has released a brief document on the intricacies of the carbon policy and how it might affect the sector. Produced by Norton Rose Fulbright, MRA Consulting Group, Transpacific Industries Group and Cleanaway and Blue Environment, the fact sheet focuses on current issues amid the policy turbulence and uncertainties […]

Early carbon movers left wondering
Carbon
29 July 2014

Early carbon movers left wondering

When it comes to pricing carbon from waste you would be excused if you find it hard to tell the truth from the erroneous. It is pretty easy to miss the big picture behind the headline-grabbing estimate or to just feel lost because you went away for a few days! With our most recent article […]

The Uneven Playing Field of the 2014 Waste Charges
Waste
17 July 2014

The Uneven Playing Field of the 2014 Waste Charges

At the time of writing the Government’s CPM termination bills have passed the House of Reps and are progressing to the Senate. They will most probably see the fixed carbon price repealed and replaced by Direct Action and the Emission Reduction Fund (ERF). The ERF provides the funding and the methodologies to project proponents to […]

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