Mike Ritchie

A retrospective – 10 years in waste consulting
MRA News
9 December 2020

A retrospective – 10 years in waste consulting

MRA has turned 10. A big thank you to all of our clients, friends and colleagues for supporting MRA over these first ten years. We couldn't have done it without you. To mark the occasion, Mike Ritchie looks back on the key points of waste reform, highlighting our successes and identifying key targets for the future.

When is waste “waste”?
Policy
27 November 2020

When is waste “waste”?

Waste is ‘waste’ by definition of the fact it is discarded. The generator has to pay someone to get rid of it. Ιt will only become a ‘resource’ when it is separated, sorted, cleaned-up and is available as an input to another process.

Landfill levies drive Australian recycling and resource recovery
Policy
23 November 2020

Landfill levies drive Australian recycling and resource recovery

Landfill levies may be blunt instruments but they have also shown their effectiveness in Australia. Waste generators have a binary decision to make. Recycle or landfill. More often than not, it comes down to price. To meet our 80% diversion from landfill target, we need to make the answer to that question simple and ever present.

The role of landfills in a circular economy
Circular Economy
2 November 2020

The role of landfills in a circular economy

Waste is like a river that flows downhill to the cheapest price. Landfills are like big vacuum cleaners - they suck up waste and resources indiscriminately. If we continue to supply cheaply priced landfills, then that is where our waste will go. There will always be a place for well-run landfills. But if we want to create a circular economy, then the first and most obvious thing we need to do, is stop the one-way flow into landfills.

Budget 2020 – $250 million boost for Australia’s recycling infrastructure
Policy
13 October 2020

Budget 2020 – $250 million boost for Australia’s recycling infrastructure

The 2020-21 budget is out and for the first time, the Commonwealth identified the waste sector as one of the 6 (yes 6 only) sectors for focussed job creation. MRA's Mike Ritchie reviewed the budget noting some important points.

Mike Ritchie speaks to Kevin Warner about waste and EfW in Australia
EfW
6 October 2020

Mike Ritchie speaks to Kevin Warner about waste and EfW in Australia

MRA’s Mike Ritchie was interviewed by Kevin Warner on waste in Australia, the current landscape for energy from waste and what the road ahead looks like.

Mike Ritchie at Ideas 2170 – “What a load of rubbish: Tackling Waste in Western Sydney”
In the Media
20 November 2019

Mike Ritchie at Ideas 2170 – “What a load of rubbish: Tackling Waste in Western Sydney”

MRA's Mike Ritchie was invited to join the Ideas 2170 panel run by Liverpool City Council and Western Sydney University at WSU’s CBD campus on 19 November 2019. Mike and the panel discussed key waste streams and options for improving waste management outcomes for local councils.

Mike Ritchie speaks to IPWA on how the waste sector can realise its full economic potential
Conference
31 July 2019

Mike Ritchie speaks to IPWA on how the waste sector can realise its full economic potential

MRA’s Mike Ritchie was interviewed by IPWEA ahead of the International Public Works Conference in August on a range of waste issues including innovations and the action needed to unite all levels of government on targets to give the waste stream its appropriate economic potential.

Mike Ritchie speaks to Footprint News on ‘chain of responsibility’ provisions in Council recycling tenders
In the Media
15 May 2019

Mike Ritchie speaks to Footprint News on ‘chain of responsibility’ provisions in Council recycling tenders

MRA’s Mike Ritchie was interviewed by Footprint news on the "chain of responsibility" clauses that Australian councils have started adding to their tender documents for recycling services.

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.

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 […]

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