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Driving a circular economy
Policy
18 August 2019

Driving a circular economy

A circular economy is necessary to minimise landfill, increase resources recovery and protect our natural environment. A strong local reprocessing sector will also generate new jobs, support the economy and safeguard Australia from international developments such as China's National Sword. Mike Ritchie outlines the key drivers for a strong Circular Economy in Australia.

NSW EPA Organics Infrastructure (Large and Small) Round 7 grants announced
Grants
12 July 2019

NSW EPA Organics Infrastructure (Large and Small) Round 7 grants announced

The NSW EPA has released the next round of the Organics Infrastructure (Large and Small) Program grant under the $337 million WLRM extension. The grants are awarded under five funding streams that cater to specific applicant categories and have different project requirements.

Compost producers, are you selling compost to Vegetable Growers?
Compost
29 May 2019

Compost producers, are you selling compost to Vegetable Growers?

Vegetable growers across Australia must comply with strict requirements to ensure the food they produce is safe for consumers. Farmers purchasing compost should be asking their supplier for a proof of compliance.

NSW EPA Organics Collection Grants
Grants
22 May 2019

NSW EPA Organics Collection Grants

The NSW EPA has released its seventh round of Organics Collection grants under the NSW Government Waste Less Recycle More initiative (WLRM). Applications close on Thursday 27th June 2019.

Mike Ritchie speaks to Waste Management Review on the climate change impact of waste
Climate Change
13 May 2019

Mike Ritchie speaks to Waste Management Review on the climate change impact of waste

MRA’s Mike Ritchie was featured on the cover of Waste Management Review having been interviewed on the waste sector’s contribution to national emissions and its role in meeting Australia’s commitment to the Paris Agreement.

International Compost Awareness Week 2019
Compost
9 May 2019

International Compost Awareness Week 2019

The International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW), celebrated every year during the first full week of May, represents a great opportunity for joining compost related workshops, seminars and activities. Abroad and in Australia, the compost industry and enthusiasts rev up the efforts to increase awareness of the importance of compost and to promote the use of compost and related products.

Commercial Organics Recycling- success is a long way away
Carbon
18 March 2019

Commercial Organics Recycling- success is a long way away

FOGO diversion from landfill is one of the cheapest global warming abatement options. It is also relatively easy to do and should be prioritised by Government.

MRA presents at WasteMINZ 2018 Conference
MRA News
8 November 2018

MRA presents at WasteMINZ 2018 Conference

The annual WasteMINZ Conference (5-8 November 2018) is wrapping up in Christchurch at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand and Mike was amongst the first to present on its second day. Mike outlined the challenges and impacts of China's National Sword policy on local recycling markets and described the industry's current and potential responses.

Mike Ritchie moderates UnEaten Matters panel
Event
14 August 2018

Mike Ritchie moderates UnEaten Matters panel

MRA's Mike Ritchie was very pleased to have been invited to contribute to the Environmental Professionals Forum's (EPF) UnEaten Matters evening on the 8th of August. Mike moderated a panel of professionals to discuss the complexities of food waste.

Mike Ritchie talks FOGO on ABC’s War on Waste
Compost
10 August 2018

Mike Ritchie talks FOGO on ABC’s War on Waste

ABC's latest War on Waste series has recently concluded and it has been a resounding success. This year the spotlight has been turned to plastic water bottles, straws, e-waste, fast furniture, the recycling crisis and food waste. On that last front, MRA's Mike Ritchie made an appearance to talk about why we need Food and Garden Organics (FOGO) services across the nation.

Composting massively reduces greenhouse gas emissions compared to landfill
Compost
11 July 2018

Composting massively reduces greenhouse gas emissions compared to landfill

At a recent meeting with Local Government Mayors and CEO’s, a claim was made that transporting organics by truck to a distant compost facility (in this case 150km away) would emit more greenhouse gases than landfilling it locally. Thinking that the carbon forcing factor of methane from landfill (25 times CO2) would render that claim incorrect, I thought I should go back and check the maths.

WLRM Organics Collection grants now open
Grants
22 May 2018

WLRM Organics Collection grants now open

The NSW EPA has opened round 6 of its Organics Collection grants under the $105.5M Organics Infrastructure Fund of the NSW Government Waste Less Recycle More initiative (WLRM).

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