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Is it time for a landfill ban on polystyrene?
Policy
8 September 2015

Is it time for a landfill ban on polystyrene?

You’ve seen it in nearly every movie set in a New York winter – the movie’s main character bundled in a coat, clutching a cup of hot “kwa-fee” – in a polystyrene foam cup. However, as of July 1st 2015, a ban on single-use polystyrene foam food and beverage containers (take away containers, food trays, […]

Container Deposits Scheme – State of Play
Policy
6 August 2015

Container Deposits Scheme – State of Play

The NSW Government announced in February 2015 that it had a preference to introduce a container deposit scheme (CDS). That announcement was endorsed by the opposition. So what is the State of Play beyond NSW? The QLD government has said it will model its system on the NSW model; NT has now introduced its own […]

Case Study: MyWaste delivers relief for councils introducing FOGO services
Recycling
10 June 2015

Case Study: MyWaste delivers relief for councils introducing FOGO services

The rollout of new food and garden (FOGO) waste collection systems is stressful for many councils. MyWaste shows it does not need to be. For many residents, wheeling out and collecting their bins each week represents their most significant interaction with Council. This is a learned behaviour established over many years. Subsequently, changes to collection […]

No time to waste – Noosa’s Jury hears from industry heavyweight
Compost
1 June 2015

No time to waste – Noosa’s Jury hears from industry heavyweight

From a media release by Noosa Council, originally published here. A waste industry heavyweight, Mike Ritchie, was one of two speakers Noosa’s community Jury heard from at its fourth meeting, held this week. Mr Ritchie, who has more than 25 years of experience in waste management, accepted the Jury’s invitation to present via video link from […]

Lessons from the first ERF carbon auction
Carbon
27 April 2015

Lessons from the first ERF carbon auction

Published by ResourceRecovery.biz The winners during the first Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) auction have been announced. Congratulations to those who succeeded in securing a Carbon Abatement Contract with the Federal Government and commiserations to those who missed out. But don’t despair: there are many more auctions to come. Under the ERF, the Federal Government is […]

Banning plastic bags – the tip of the iceberg
Policy
6 February 2015

Banning plastic bags – the tip of the iceberg

If you stash a handful of plastic bags in the cupboard after your weekly supermarket shop, then this article is for you. The NSW Greens have announced an election pledge to ban the single use plastic shopping bag. Many other States and Territories have already gone down that path via bans or 10 cent fees. […]

Waste projects set to benefit from change in Methane Greenhouse Warming Potential
Carbon
5 February 2015

Waste projects set to benefit from change in Methane Greenhouse Warming Potential

Greenhouse Warming Potential (GWP) review will unlock up to 20% additional abatement potential for the waste sector – but only if accounted for accurately in project proponents’ ERF bid. Forecasting carbon abatement from waste activities can be very complex. Abatement is always defined against a hypothetical landfill emissions baseline that can be affected by a […]

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 […]

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