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Energy from Waste in Australia – is there a future?
EfW
10 October 2016

Energy from Waste in Australia – is there a future?

MRA’s Mike Ritchie delivered his view on the future of Energy from Waste (EfW) in Australia at the fourth Waste Expo conference last Wednesday. “Australia’s efforts related to Energy from Waste (EfW) are considerably less advanced when compared to some developed countries. The reasons for this are to be found in a complex combination of […]

Why bother with the circular economy?
Circular Economy
6 October 2016

Why bother with the circular economy?

By Mike Ritchie – Managing Director, MRA Consulting Group The circular economy matters… We are hearing more and more of the circular economy, an approach to resources that keeps materials away from waste, and brings them back into the productive economy. It rejects the status quo “take-make-dispose” linear economy in favour of cycling biological and […]

The growing potential of re-use centres to generate ethical jobs and divert waste to landfill
Recycling
27 September 2016

The growing potential of re-use centres to generate ethical jobs and divert waste to landfill

By James Ellinson and Dimitris Dimoliatis, MRA Consulting Group Re-use centres are a small, yet growing industry in Australia that offer a unique opportunity to tackle more than just waste. These facilities also engage in job outreach programs for disadvantaged communities, particularly for people with disabilities. Re-use centres sell used, recycled and second hand products […]

Victorian Litter Innovation Fund released
Grants
22 September 2016

Victorian Litter Innovation Fund released

By James Moverley, MRA Consulting Group Sustainability Victoria (SV) has released Round 2 of the Victorian Litter Innovation Fund. This $700,000 fund is a component of the Victorian Litter Plan and provides support for the Victorian community to fund innovative approaches that prevent and reduce the impact of litter and illegal dumping. Over $300,000 was […]

The circular economy is becoming mainstream
Circular Economy
6 September 2016

The circular economy is becoming mainstream

By Mike Ritchie – Managing Director, MRA Consulting Group The idea of waste as a resource is not a new one. It’s an idea that has been around for years, decades even, but it’s an idea that has struggled to get onto the mainstream agenda. Putting materials out for recycling is well accepted; reincorporating those […]

Victorian approach to waste planning worthy of polite plagiarism
Policy
5 August 2016

Victorian approach to waste planning worthy of polite plagiarism

By Mike Ritchie – Managing Director, MRA Consulting Group Since the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Waste and Resource Recovery Governance Reform in Victoria in 2013, Victoria has pushed ahead rapidly with a strategic infrastructure approach to waste infrastructure reform. The Ministerial Advisory Committee report identified the need for much more coordinated approaches to the planning […]

Refining the definition of Waste
Waste
22 June 2016

Refining the definition of Waste

By Mike Ritchie – Managing Director, MRA Consulting Group Clients regularly ask MRA why they need a waste licence for an activity which on the face of it might not look like waste processing. Recent Land and Environment Court (LEC) and Court of Criminal Appeal (CCA) decisions have clarified the meaning of “waste” in NSW […]

Plastic pollution – a call to action
Recycling
30 May 2016

Plastic pollution – a call to action

By Mike Ritchie – Director, MRA Consulting Group Plastic pollution of waterways and oceans is a real problem. We need to fix it. Plastic was only invented 100 years ago and now is ubiquitous in our economies and lifestyles. It is also ubiquitous in our pollution. From microbeads to plastic bottles and fish nets plastic […]

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 […]

Dr Ron Wainberg joins MRA
MRA News
17 July 2015

Dr Ron Wainberg joins MRA

MRA Consulting Group today announces that Dr Ron Wainberg has joined the MRA team. Ron will take on the role of Technical Director in MRA, responsible for business development, consulting services and training. Wainberg said “MRA is young and exciting. They have been a tough competitor over the last few years. I am really keen […]

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 […]

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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