Landfill

Creating economic wealth from emissions reduction – a case study of recycling
Carbon
26 May 2020

Creating economic wealth from emissions reduction – a case study of recycling

The waste and recycling industry contributes close to 3% of Australia’s direct emissions. However, recycling abates much more by capturing the embodied energy of the recovered materials. We can create a more sustainable Australia by reducing emissions, increasing recycling and growing new green jobs.

Let’s fix coffee cups so we can start to focus on food waste
Landfill
22 November 2019

Let’s fix coffee cups so we can start to focus on food waste

One billion single use coffee cups are sent to landfill every year. Sounds like a lot but this represents less than 0.0004% of the waste generated in Australia per year. So, what can we do to deal with coffee cups so that we can focus on significant streams like organics (particularly food), which represent around 50% of all waste to landfill in Australia?

Australian Waste Levies – something needs to be done
Landfill
22 August 2019

Australian Waste Levies – something needs to be done

Australian landfill levies are on the move, with significant changes in Queensland and South Australia. The trouble with waste disposal, however, is that it tends to flow to the point of cheapest disposal. Just like water, waste flows downhill to the lowest point.

Queensland 2018/19 Local Government Levy Ready Grants Program now open
Grants
9 September 2018

Queensland 2018/19 Local Government Levy Ready Grants Program now open

By MRA Consulting Group The Queensland government has just opened the one-off $5m 2018/19 Local Government Levy Ready Grants Program. The grant program is being administered by the department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs on behalf of the Department of Environment and Science and aims to assist Queensland councils in setting up the […]

Mike Ritchie: Waste is like a river, it flows downhill to the cheapest price.
In the Media
8 June 2017

Mike Ritchie: Waste is like a river, it flows downhill to the cheapest price.

Mike Ritchie talked to ABC’s Sarina Locke about the effect of QLD waste levy cancellation on NSW waste. The full article titled “Sydney Markets sends rotting fruit and vegetables to generate electricity in war on waste” is available on the ABC website and below. Sydney Markets declared its own war on waste 12 years ago […]

A Case of Right Analysis, Wrong Solution
Landfill
18 December 2012

A Case of Right Analysis, Wrong Solution

I have serious doubts about the claims the NSW Government is losing $100 million in landfill levy money at present and that this could grow to $200 million quickly. The solution is the reintroduction of a Queensland levy. At a NSW landfill levy of $95.20/t for the NSW Government to be losing $100 million – […]

What is True Cost of Carbon from Landfills?
Landfill
19 January 2012

What is True Cost of Carbon from Landfills?

Having read Mike Ritchie’s blog ‘Carbon Price: how not to overcharge or be overcharged‘ – I write to put the record straight regarding the likely price impacts from the Clean Energy Bill. Yes, there are three variables that influence the direct carbon price increase at landfills: 1) The waste emission liability 2) The price of carbon […]

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 […]

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, […]

Plastic-Bag Ban Full of Holes
Landfill
24 April 2008

Plastic-Bag Ban Full of Holes

By Mike Ritchie – Reusable material being dumped into landfill is the real problem. Australians use more than four billion plastic bags a year and most of these end up in landfill. But they represent only 20,000 tonnes of waste or 0.1% of Australia’s landfill waste. Read more

Organics – Not Bags – The Real Waste Issue: Ritchie
Landfill
21 April 2008

Organics – Not Bags – The Real Waste Issue: Ritchie

By Christine Ahern – Mike Ritchie from SITA Environmental Solutions says $4 billion of investment in national waste management infrastructure will be needed in order to meet state government waste reduction and recycling targets. He also called for governments to prioritise the phasing out of degradable organic carbon to landfill. Read more

Getting Rid of Plastic Bags is a Good Start
Landfill
17 April 2008

Getting Rid of Plastic Bags is a Good Start

By Mike Ritchie – Reusable material being dumped into landfill is the real problem. If you’re left holding a handful of plastic bags after you do a big supermarket shop and you don’t feel guilty, then you might be as impervious as the plastic bag itself is to breaking down in the environment. Read more

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