The Monthly Waste Management News Roundup - February

29 February 2020

Here's our waste management news roundup for February 2020

VIC Govt makes 100M investment in recycling industry 

The Victorian Government will invest $100 million into the state’s recycling system to drive research and expand local processing and manufacturing.

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The future is circular

Embracing a circular economy is one approach to mitigate the threat of global warming. 

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Tackling contaminated recyclables in bustling Bondi 

Waverley Council initiated the Recycling Improvement Program in December 2018 and following the successful reduction of contamination, the program continues to be rolled out across the Waverley local government area.

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Timber manufacturers to conduct energy research 

Laminex has received a grant via the Queensland’s Resource Recovery Industry Development Program to conduct a feasibility study for an energy cogeneration plant. Once operational the cogeneration plant would divert up to 100,000 tonnes of waste from landfill annually.

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Vic government’s $ 2 million in funding to strengthen e-waste sector

Up to $2 million will be available in the latest round of Sustainability Victoria’s E-waste Infrastructure Grants. This is part of the $16.5m funding from the state government, which will increase Victoria’s ability to manage e-waste and continue to expand public access to e-waste disposal points.

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Waste projects awarded 20M in CRC grant

The Federal Government has invested almost $20 million in a series of waste reduction and resource recovery projects, as part of round eight of the Cooperative Research Centre grants program. Industry, Science and Technology Minister Karen Andrews said the projects highlight the economic opportunities inherent in waste and recycling.

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Victoria will get a cash-for-cans container deposit scheme

A Cash-for-cans and bottles scheme to combat Victoria’s recycling and waste crisis will be introduced by the government.  Victoria had been the only state or territory in Australia without a container deposit scheme or a plan to introduce one, but government insiders have confirmed an announcement is imminent.

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Site announced for National Radioactive Waste Facility

After a consultation and technical assessment process spanning more than four years, Napandee in Kimba, South Australia has been identified to host Australia’s National Radioactive Waste Management Facility. Resources Minister Matt Canavan said he was satisfied the facility at Napandee would safely and securely manage radioactive waste.

“In coming weeks, I will introduce legislation that declares Napandee to be the site of the facility, and establishes a community fund to support Kimba in hosting the facility,” he said

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Glass mountain could improve concrete 

James Cook University scientists have proposed a solution to Australia’s growing, unwanted stockpile of waste glass, as a ban on exporting the glass overseas looms. The researchers have found the material can instead be used to improve the strength and durability of concrete.

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