The Monthly Waste Management News Roundup - May

29 May 2020 

Here's our waste management news roundup for May 2020

Recycling Victoria: a new economy? Part three

This is the final article in a three-part series: part three will explore Recycling Victoria’s organics recovery targets, the state government’s Social Procurement Framework and efforts to support safe and effective high-risk and hazardous waste management. 

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COVID-19 causing plastic waste issues 

Australian Council of Recycling (ACOR) has highlighted an issue associated with increased consumption during the COVID-19 shutdown, which is causing new plastic problems for Australia’s recycling and resource recovery system.

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Clean loop recycling: TOMRA

Ryan Buzzell, TOMRA Collection Solutions Australia President, highlights CDS’ as a standout example of government and industry working together to protect natural resources for societal reuse. 

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Works begin to support $13M Toowoomba waste facility 

Toowoomba Regional Council will commence road widening works to support the construction of its new $13.9 million Tier 2 Kleinton Waste Management Facility.

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WA injects $20M into FOGO

The Western Australian Government has announced $20 million in funding over six years to support local governments transition to better practice three-bin FOGO kerbside services.

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SA government moves to ban single use plastics 

The South Australian Boomerang Alliance of 51 community organisations says that the first move by an Australian government to introduce a law to ban polluting single-use plastic takeaway items is encouraging. 

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SA waste management and recycling get a big boost

South Australia’s waste management and recycling sector will get a $1.7 million boost with the Marshall Liberal Government approving a range of projects to help reduce the amount of household waste sent to landfill.

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Where to with food waste in Australia

On average, Australians throw out 20 per cent of the food they buy and are generating 7.6 million tonnes of carbon emissions just from our food waste. So, getting food waste out of landfills will impact our emissions and it is within our reach.

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$1B investment could transform Victoria’s waste sector

Advice from Infrastructure Victoria recommends upgrading or building 87 new processing infrastructure facilities for six priority materials including plastics, paper, cardboard, glass, organics, tyres and e-waste, would achieve the recovery target in the state coming the next two decades.

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Councils and alternative waste industry given funding boost

NSW councils and the alternative waste treatment (AWT) industry are now able to apply for NSW Government funding to improve kerbside waste recycling.  The NSW Government’s $24 million AWT transition package designed to help councils and industry achieve better food and organics waste separation and innovate in how they recycle.

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