The Monthly Waste Management News Roundup - March

31 March 2020

Here's our waste management news roundup for March 2020

Amatil supports Victorian CDS 

Coca-Cola Amatil has expressed interest in working with the Victorian Government following its latest decision to introduce a container deposit and refund scheme across the state. The beverages industry has been appointed scheme coordinator for each of the established schemes in the country, with Amatil supporting container deposit schemes in every state and territory.

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Bingo opens new Sydney recycling centre 

BINGO Industries has opened its newest recycling centre in Mortdale, Sydney, with a license to collect 220,000 tonnes of commercial and industrial waste each year. Located in close proximity to major transport routes the M5 Motorway and King Georges Road, BINGO CEO Daniel Tartak said the new facility provides a convenient tipping location for South West Sydney’s construction and demolition and commercial and industrial waste.

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NSW injects $24M into kerbside FOGO

The NSW Government will provide $24 million in funding to support local councils and the alternative waste industry improve food waste and garden waste kerbside separation. The financial injection follows the NSW EPA’s controversial October 2019 reaffirmation of its 2018 mixed waste organic output revocation, which saw the material banned from agricultural land applications.

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NSW proposes levy amendments and mandated government procurement 

The NSW Government will investigate waste levy amendments to ensure regulatory settings remain fit for purpose, according to the state’s newly released 20-Year Waste Strategy consultation paper.

According to the paper, the state government will review waste levy boundaries, levy exemption for problem wastes, national levy harmonisation and complementary price-based instruments such as pay-as-you-throw initiatives.

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MWRRG opens EOIs for advanced waste processing facility

The Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group (MWRRG) has opened expressions of interest to design, build and operate an advanced waste processing facility for Melbourne’s household rubbish.

According to WWRRG CEO Jill Riseley, the tender is largest of its kind ever undertaken by Melbourne councils.

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The roadmap to halve food waste by 2030

Food Innovation Australia Limited releases the Roadmap for Reducing Australia’s Food Waste by half by 2030. The Roadmap provides a clear path forward for achieving the 50% reduction in food waste, acknowledging the current challenges and efforts.

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Recycled first boosts reused demand across construction 

The use of recycled and reused materials in construction projects is about to be advanced by Recycled First, a new initiative from the Victorian Government.

Transport Infrastructure Minister, Jacinta Allan explained that Recycled First would bring a uniform approach to the existing ad hoc use of recycled products on major transport infrastructure projects.

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Reduce, reuse and recycle for a circular economy

A study undertaken by the University of Melbourne evaluates what materials universities use, their associated environmental effects and how to curb them.

Universities are large institutions requiring significant resources and hosting thousands of students and staff – over 60,000 for the University of Melbourne. More importantly, they are innovation hubs with a mission to educate future generations, making an ideal ‘living laboratory’ for the transition to a more circular economy.

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