Circular Economy

MRA’s cheat sheet on the Circular Economy
Circular Economy
19 October 2021

MRA’s cheat sheet on the Circular Economy

Our current economic model is pretty much a linear one: take (extract) - make (stuff) - waste (landfill). It treats resources as infinite and assumes the environment can absorb the waste. It is therefore unsustainable in the long run.

A day in the life of a Circular Economy consultant
Circular Economy
14 October 2021

A day in the life of a Circular Economy consultant

People often ask “Is MRA doing any Circular Economy work?”. The answer is “Plenty”.

Super-spreader landfills causing climate change
Carbon
5 October 2021

Super-spreader landfills causing climate change

For more than ten years, MRA has been arguing for an “Organics Revolution” in Australia to remove organics from landfill.

Composting kit – Chicken or Egg
Circular Economy
21 September 2021

Composting kit – Chicken or Egg

Which comes first, composting capacity or the commitment by Council to supply FOGO material?

Bring on the black bin- bin colour matters
Circular Economy
10 September 2021

Bring on the black bin- bin colour matters

Australia generates 316,000 tonnes of HDPE plastic per year. Most is landfilled. If every MGB in Australia was required to be black, that alone would absorb 258,000 t of HDPE by adding 10.4kg of recycled content to every MGB at every home.

FOGO in MUDs – how to make it work
Circular Economy
9 July 2021

FOGO in MUDs – how to make it work

As our cities become bigger we are living more in units and flats (MUDs or multi-unit dwellings) rather than houses (SUDs or single unit dwellings).

What is the best FOGO bin configuration?
Circular Economy
2 July 2021

What is the best FOGO bin configuration?

Kerbside FOGO collection and processing to compost is gaining steam around Australia. So, what is the optimal bin configuration?

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?”

Plastics export ban imminent
Circular Economy
22 June 2021

Plastics export ban imminent

From 1 July 2021, all plastic exports will require a licence from the Commonwealth and mixed (unsorted) plastic exports are banned.

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.

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.

Is FOGO inevitable?
Circular Economy
9 April 2021

Is FOGO inevitable?

More and more councils now collect FOGO at the kerbside. Will three bins become the new standard?

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