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MRA contributes to the discussion on Australia’s future National Waste Policy
Policy
10 October 2018

MRA contributes to the discussion on Australia’s future National Waste Policy

Responding to Australian Government Department of Environment and Energy's request for feedback on priority issues to be considered in future Australian waste management and resource recovery, MRA has prepared a submission to the 'Updating the 2009 National Waste Policy' (NWP) discussion paper.

UN Sustainable Development Goal 12 – aspirational or achievable?
Policy
2 May 2016

UN Sustainable Development Goal 12 – aspirational or achievable?

By Mike Ritchie – Director, MRA Consulting Group In September 2015 in New York, the 193 members of the United Nations (UN) member states agreed to the goals and objectives of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (2030 Agenda). The agreement outlines 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) across a range of significant global initiatives that […]

Energy from Waste in Australia – is there a future?
EfW
12 April 2016

Energy from Waste in Australia – is there a future?

By Ron Wainberg – Technical Director, MRA Consulting Group Energy from Waste (EfW) is very well established overseas, but in Australia it has yet to get off the ground. The reasons for this are to be found in a complex combination of different historical factors: adequate landfill capacity, poor financial incentives, unfavourable public perceptions and lack […]

MRA drives national debate on microbeads
Policy
31 March 2016

MRA drives national debate on microbeads

Over the last few months the national debate around a ban on microbeads has picked up. Last November, MRA argued the need for a national ban on microbeads. We said they were pernicious and a pollutant that should never have been permitted in the first place. It is nice to know US President Obama reads […]

Bags not! Finding the solution for Australia’s plastic bags
Policy
29 March 2016

Bags not! Finding the solution for Australia’s plastic bags

The recent Ministerial Roundtable on plastics could not agree whether to ban, price or leave Single Use Plastic Bags (SUPBs) for another day. We use approximately 6 billion SUPBs each year, of which 2 percent are recycled[i]. SUPBs are being, or have been, banned in South Australia, Tasmania, the ACT, the Northern Territory and in […]

MRA is Best Small Consultancy in Australia for 2016
MRA News
15 March 2016

MRA is Best Small Consultancy in Australia for 2016

“MRA has once again won the Best Small Consultancy in Australia Award” as determined by Inside Waste readers said Jacqueline Ong the editor of Inside Waste. “MRA received a perfect score of 3 from a possible 3, given that it won all categories in its group” she said. The annual Consultants Review survey asks industry representatives from […]

2016 Insights
Policy
15 March 2016

2016 Insights

Published by Sustainability Matters What do you see as the single biggest challenge facing your industry in the year ahead, and why? The biggest challenge for recyclers is the mixed government market price signals around recycling, waste management and carbon. Some States are pushing ahead with strategic approaches to waste management by setting targets, establishing […]

ERF Organics Methodology approved – register to earn credits!
Climate Change
12 February 2016

ERF Organics Methodology approved – register to earn credits!

The Source Separated Organic Waste Method has been approved and is available for use. There is still time to register a project for the next auction under this method and claim credits for your abatement effort. The next ERF auction is to be held on the 27 and 28 April 2016. To be eligible to […]

National Stronger Regions Fund
Grants
4 February 2016

National Stronger Regions Fund

The Australian Government has released its third round of National Stronger Regions Fund (NSRF) under the $1 billion Promoting Economic Development in Australia’s Regions program. The new grants provide a one off opportunity to local governments and incorporated not-for-profit organisations to fund priority infrastructure in local communities. The new grant funding is summarised below: Grant […]

Australia falling behind on microbeads
Policy
13 January 2016

Australia falling behind on microbeads

Last November, MRA argued the need for a national ban on microbeads. We said they were pernicious and a pollutant that should never have been permitted in the first place. It is nice to know US President Obama reads The Tipping Point. He has just announced a federal ban on microbeads across all American States, […]

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