The Monthly Waste Management News Roundup - June

30 June 2020

Here's our waste management news roundup for June 2020

New cold chain study reveals cost of wasted food

A new government and industry-sponsored study has revealed that food waste attributable to failures in the cold food chain costs the Australian economy nearly $4 billion at farm gate values and causes annual greenhouse gas emissions roughly equivalent to all of the cars in Queensland.

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SA allocates $1.6M in funding to tackle waste spike 

Household waste production has spiked in South Australia, with more people staying home due to COVID-19.

According to Environment Minister David Speirs, preliminary data from the Australian Council of Recycling shows waste volumes are up by more than 10 per cent in the past two months.

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NWRIC State Associations update 

National Waste and Recycling Industry Council State Affiliates provide a detailed overview of industry and policy changes across the country.

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Can Australia do better on e-waste? 

Figures by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) indicate that Australians are among the highest users of technology and e-waste is one of the fastest growing types of waste. 

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Construction sector to prioritise 

Recycled First aims to bring a unified approach to the application of recycled materials on road infrastructure projects. Waste Management Review homes in on the program.

With Victoria’s big build delivering more than 100 road and rail projects across the state, there are significant opportunities to grow the use recycled and reusable materials in construction projects.

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Melbourne to establish two new waste and resource recovery hubs 

The City of Melbourne will invest $1 million to establish two new waste and resource recovery hubs in the CBD to help businesses reduce waste and limit the number of bins in city laneways.

Lord Mayor Sally Capp said the 2020-2021 draft Annual Plan and Budget includes $24 million for residential and commercial waste services, with additional funding to be invested in the new commercial waste and recycling hubs.

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Could wastewater play a key role in accelerating Australia’s hydrogen industry?

Global technical professional services firm Jacobs has partnered with Yarra Valley Water to investigate the potential of an Australian hydrogen industry supported by co-located hydrogen production at wastewater treatment plants. With findings presented in the thought-leadership paper ‘Toward a Zero Carbon Future’.

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First organic waste project to power VIC

The Victorian Government has announced two Renewable Organics Network projects to reduce waste going to landfill by using organic waste to produce electricity.

In collaboration with Barwon Water, once the project is complete, high-strength organic waste from the Australian Lamb Company and Bulla Dairy Foods is expected to generate enough energy to power more than 1000 homes.

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drumMUSTER collects 35 millionth container

AGSAFE's drumMUSTER program collected its 35 millionth agvet chemical container on Friday, March 6, 2020, in the town of Renmark, South Australia. The milestone container was delivered to the Renmark Refuse Depot, which holds a regular collection of agvet containers each month.

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Time for Australian newspaper producers to invest in creating market demand 

Australia has recorded one of the best rates of newsprint recycling globally, despite loss of offshore recycling options. The Newsprint Recovery Figures for 2019 report reveals that the proportional national recovery rate for newsprint was 68.2 per cent.

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