The Monthly Waste Management News Roundup - August

1 August 2019

Here's our waste management news roundup for August 2019

Queensland CDS exceeds annual target three months ahead of schedule

More than 700 million containers have been returned across Queensland since the container deposit scheme (CDS) started nine months ago. The new figures were shared at the end of July to highlight how far the Containers for Change scheme had come since it started in November 2019. Minister for Environment, Leeanne Enoch, said the volume of returned containers was abouta third higher than predicted.

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Coles donates unsold food waste

Food charity SecondBite has received a $500,000 greant from the Coles Nurture Fund, facilitating the purchase of four new refrigerated trucks. The grant follows a new five-year agreement between Coles and SecondBite that will increase food collections from Coles' metropoliltan supermarkets from three to five days a weel. The trucks will collect unsold, edible food in bulk from Coles' distribution centres and...

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V/Line installs recycled plastic sleepers

Recycled plastic railway sleepers have been installed on Victoria's regional train network for the first time, with funding assistance from Sustainability Victoria. According to Sustainability Victoria statement, the recycled sleepers are an innovative replacement for the V/Line's current concrete sleepers. "Testing shows the recycled plastic sleepers won't melt, crack or flake off under pressure. They won't leach...

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City of Melbourne joins other Victorian councils in calling for CDS

The City of Melbourne has joined other Victorian councils in calling for the state government to introduce container deposit legislation into parliament. The campaign was started by the Municipal Association of Victoria, with backing from the City of Frankston, City of Darebin and City of Port Phillip. Lord Mayor Sally Capp said a container deposit scheme (CDS) would help reduce plastic and glass sent to landfill.

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Fine-dining chefs cook discarded produce to fight food waste

Fine-dining chefs Tom Chiumento and Simon Evans usually serve seven-course degustations, but recently they have been using their talents to provide quality meals from food destined for the bin. Mr Chiumento might be accustomed to white tablecloths and ingredients like magpie, goose and venison, but he has not lost touch with Australia's alarming food waste issue. As well as running a restaurant in Wollongong...

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Sydney Metro reuses sandstone

Excavated sandstone from Sydney Metro tunnels will be reused to build the new Western Sydney International Airport, as both infrastructure projects begin to take shape. More than 500,000 tonnes of sandstone will be transported from Metro tunneling sites to the Western Sydney International Airport site. Western Sydney Airport Chief Executive Officer Graham Millett said more than 148,000 tonnes of sandstone had already...

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City of Mitcham installs recyced tyre pavement

Paving material made with recycled tyres has been installed by the City of Mitcham, as part of a field trial in sustainable urban drainage design. The permeable paving, created by the Univeristy of Mlebourne with funding from Tyre Stewardship Australia, has been laid at St Marys Park in Adelaide. The material is made from 50 per cent used tyres and is designed to assist water drainage through surface resistance. 

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