The Monthly Waste Management News Roundup - December

31 December 2020

First stage of ACT single-use plastics ban to commence July 2021

The ACT Government introduced legislation to commence the ban on single-use plastics, which will come into effect from July 2021. The first tranche of single-use plastics to be banned include cutlery, drink stirrers and expanded polystyrene takeaway food and beverage containers.

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Round two of Manufacturing Modernisation Fund open

Applications are now open for round two of the Federal Government’s $52.8 million Manufacturing Modernisation Fund (MMF). The MMF forms part of the Federal Government’s $1.5 billion Modern Manufacturing Strategy, which lists recycling and clean energy as national manufacturing priorities. Applications close 21 January 2021.

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Senate passes Recycling and Waste Reduction Act

The Senate passed the Recycling and Waste Reduction Act 2020, Australia’s first ever national waste legislation. The Act establishes a framework to regulate the export of waste materials, in line with the agreement to ban the export of waste plastic, paper, glass and tyres by the Council of Australian Governments in 2020.

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MWRRG releases new multi-unit development recycling resources

Victoria’s Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group (MWRRG) has released new, free resources for property managers and owners’ corporations to help improve recycling in multi-unit developments (MUDs). According to a MWRRG statement, apartments, units and other MUDs usually have lower recycling rates, more contaminated recycling and are illegal dumping hotspots.

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UNSW to lead new government research hub on waste

UNSW Professor Veena Sahajwalla will spearhead a new national research centre investigating technology for waste reduction and materials processing, as part of the Federal Government’s $149 million National Environmental Science Program (NESP).

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Nestlé in the Loop of the circular economy

Nestlé has announced it will offer reusable containers for some of its brands through French retailer Carrefour as the company steps up its contribution to the circular economy model. It is available in the United States, the UK and France and will also be operating in Canada, Japan and Australia by the end of 2021.

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UniSA professor to drive agricultural pollution research

UniSA thermal energy researcher Professor Frank Bruno has been awarded almost $1 million by the Federal Government to find a solution to agricultural pollution in Australia and India.

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