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Halve Waste initiative on track to setting new standard on waste reduction
Recycling
22 February 2018

Halve Waste initiative on track to setting new standard on waste reduction

The goal of Halve Waste is to reduce the waste to landfill by 50% by 2020. A major step in achieving this is the target to reduce waste landfilled at AWMC to 75,000 tonnes per year by 2018 financial year end. We’re at the half-way point and this looks like being achieved.

WLRM Organics Market Development Grants now open
Grants
15 February 2018

WLRM Organics Market Development Grants now open

The NSW EPA has opened round 2 of its $3M Organics Market Development grants under the NSW Government Waste Less Recycle More initiative (WLRM). The new grants support activities that will improve the demand for recycled organics.

It’s time for Queensland Labor to reintroduce a landfill levy
State Strategy
18 December 2017

It’s time for Queensland Labor to reintroduce a landfill levy

More than a week after the Queensland election, current predictions are for a Labor majority. At the same time, the NSW EPA has told a NSW parliamentary inquiry that the scale of waste transport to Queensland is far higher than previously believed. An eye-watering 830,000 tonnes was transported in 2016/17, largely by rail, almost double the 430,000 tonnes transported in the previous year.

Halve Waste – delivering real diversion from landfill
Recycling
14 December 2017

Halve Waste – delivering real diversion from landfill

The Albury Waste Management Centre (AWMC) includes the fourth largest landfill in NSW, and now the centrepiece of Halve Waste, the most successful waste reduction program in Australia. The Halve Waste Initiative has recently been awarded the best organics recovery program in NSW and the best local government initiative in sustainability.

Innovations and reforms in urban waste and recycling
Recycling
2 November 2017

Innovations and reforms in urban waste and recycling

Australia’s recycling sector is primed for continued growth. It must in order to keep up with waste generation, which is growing at a compound annual rate of 6.2%, that is 6x population growth and 2.5x economic growth. The market is there, and it is being serviced through a combination of regulatory intervention and technological innovation.

NSW WLRM Landfill Consolidation Grants
Grants
16 October 2017

NSW WLRM Landfill Consolidation Grants

The NSW EPA has released its third round of Landfill Consolidation grants under the $337 million NSW Government Waste Less Recycle More initiative (WLRM).

Laying out the FOGO benefits and challenges
Compost
27 July 2017

Laying out the FOGO benefits and challenges

Australia has a significant and growing challenge in how it manages its waste. Tonnages continue to grow by a compound annual growth rate of 6.2%, six times faster than population growth, and 2.5 times faster than GDP growth. Landfill costs are increasing due to landfill levies and landfill scarcity.

Interstate waste to Queensland up 40% in one year
Policy
22 May 2017

Interstate waste to Queensland up 40% in one year

Queensland recently released its 2016 Waste and Recycling Report. The report refers to a number of incremental gains in landfill diversion, but the headline number is the 40% leap in the tonnes of waste received at Queensland landfills from interstate.

Australia’s EPR legislation
Policy
22 March 2017

Australia’s EPR legislation

By Mike Ritchie, MRA Consulting Group Product Stewardship (PS) schemes are one of several ways to drive waste out of landfill and back into the productive economy. They “encourage” industry to fund the collection and recycling of their goods once they reach the end of their productive life. Products which lend themselves to PS systems […]

WA Community & Industry Engagement funding program – applications close December 8th
Grants
25 November 2016

WA Community & Industry Engagement funding program – applications close December 8th

By MRA Consulting Group The Western Australian Waste Authority has recently announced its Community and Industry Engagement funding program, providing funds from the landfill levy to support waste diversion. This program is essentially open to all comers, and will provide funding for projects and events. A total of $600,000 is allocated for projects delivered by […]

A safeguard against illegal dumping – section 143 notices
Legislation
3 November 2016

A safeguard against illegal dumping – section 143 notices

By Mike Ritchie – Managing Director, MRA Consulting Group The problem of illegal dumping We all hear the horror stories of illegal landfill operations, cowboy waste operators dumping waste on land, the covert filling of gullies by unscrupulous transporters wanting to avoid landfill fees. These practices undermine the whole intent of our waste regulatory structure […]

Final round of WLRM Weighbridge Fund announced
Grants
18 October 2016

Final round of WLRM Weighbridge Fund announced

By MRA Consulting Group The NSW EPA has released its fourth and final round of the Weighbridge Fund under the $465.7 million NSW Government Waste Less Recycle More initiative (WLRM). The new grants provide a one off opportunity for eligible facilities to accelerate the installation of a weighbridge in compliance with the Protection of the […]

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