The Monthly Waste Management News Roundup - April

1 April 2019

Here's our waste management news roundup for April 2019

Green waste bins now rolled out to all of Canberra

Green waste bins have now been rolled out across the whole of Canberra, with remaining residents, including those in the inner north and inner south, coming online this week. This final expansion of the program means the green-bin service from this week will be extended to Gungahlin, Woden, Molonglo, the inner north and the inner south.

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TOMRA launches NSW's most advanced beverage recycling centre in Granville

Return and Earn Reverse Vending Machine (RVM) operator TOMRA recently launched a new world-class beverage recycling centre in Granville, which is the first of its kind in NSW. Granville recyclers are now able to use the new facility, which includes nine RVM's each of which accepts glass bottles, plastic bottles, cartons and aluminium cans all on the same machine. 

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Grants for waste and recycling infrastructure

The McGowan Government has bolstered its support of Western Australia's waste and recycling sector with a $1.4 million investment into local infrastructure and programs. The funding, announced today by Environment Minister Stephen Dawson, will be allocated through grants as part of the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2030 - the blueprint for managing Western Australia's waste into the future. 

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Fuji Xerox opens Eco Manufacturing Centre

Fuji Xerox Australia is backing its pledge to send nothing to landfill by opening an eco-manufacturing centre in Rosehill, Sydney where parts are recycled or re-manufactured, while still keeping technology costs down and minimising environmental impacts. 

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ACT proposes single-use plastic ban

The ACT Government has released a discussion paper asking for contributions from the community on phasing out single-use plastics. City Services Minister Chris steel said the state could no longer ignore responsibility for plastics that litter the environment. 

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Tyre Recyclers Toowoomba plant receives environmental green light

Tyre recycler Green Distillation Technologies (GDT), which has developed world's first technology that tansforms old tyres into oil, carbon and steel, has received approval for its proposed Toowoomba plant from the Queensland Department of Envronment and Science. When completed it will process approximately 700,000 old tyres per year into eight million litres of oil, 7,700 tonnes of carbon and 2,000 tonnes of steel. 

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Container deposit site to open in Queensland's Hervey Bay.

Environment Minister Leeanne Enoch has annoucned that a new container deposit site will open in Urangan, a suburb of Hervey Bay in Queensland's Wide Bay region. The site will be run by container refund scheme operator U Can Recycle, who operate 14 other container refund points across the state's network. According to Ms Enoch, over 37.3 million containers have been returned in the Wide Bay region since the scheme launched in November 2018. 

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