The Monthly Waste Management News Roundup - July

1 July 2019

Here's our waste management news roundup for July 2019

Victorian e-waste landfill ban take effect in July

Final preparations are taking place to educate the community and increase awareness of the e-waste landfill ban, which begins in Victoria on July 1. Sustainability Victoria has also been funding infrastructure upgrades in metropolitan Melbourne, with the first upgrade at the Moonee Valley Transfer Station being completed in April by the Moonee Valley City Council. Upgrades at Port Phillip Transfer...

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Queensland levy comes into effect

The Queensland Government's waste levy has come into effect, brining Queensland in line with the majority of Australian states and territories. Environment Minister Leeanne Enoch said prior to the levy's reintroduction Queensland was the only mainland state without a waste levy. The levy will apply to most commercial and industrial waste going to landfill - starting at $75 per tonne. The levy zone includes...

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Australia's largest plastics recycling plant opens

Australia's largest plastics recycling plant, with a processing capacity of 70,000 tonnes a year, has opened in Victoria. Advanced Circular Polymers' $20 million facility will recycle large quantities of low-value contaminated mixed plastic into material suitable for manufacturing new products. Advanced Circular Polymers Founder Harry Wang said the plant's 70,000 tonne capacity is equivalent to almost half the...

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Queensland releases waste management strategy

Queensland's new Waste Management and Resource Recovery Strategy aims to provide a legal framework to support industry growth and sustained waste reduction. Targets for 2050 include a recycling rate of 75 per cent for all waste types and a 25 per cent reduction in household waste. Additionally, the stategovernment will invest $100 million over the next three years for the new and expanded waste...

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Victoria to develop 10-year action plan

The Victorian Circular Economy Policy, which will establish goals for the Victorian waste and resource recovery system to transition to a circular economy, has opened for public comment. A 10-year action plan outlining how the Victorian Government will work with businesses and community to deliver the policy's goals will also be established. Environment Minister Lily D'Ambrosio said the Circular Economy...

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Bayside reduced 4000 tonnes of waste going to landfill by using recycled asphalt

Dozens of streets in Melbourne's City of Bayside are using recycled asphalt in the council's latest maintenance resurfacing project. To complete the project, Alex Fraser is repaving residential streets throughout the suburbs of Black Rock, Brighton, Highett and Hampton with high-qualilty asphalt products including volumes of recycled materials. The project utilised more than 12,000 tonnes of sustainable asphalt...

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New recycling facility opens in Melbourne

Australian Paper Recovery's $2.5 million paper sorting facility in Melbourne's west will process 39,000 tonnes of recycled paper a year. Victorian Environment Minister Lily D'Ambrosio said the state government provided $475,000 in funding to the project, with the facility providing full grade separation of kerbside and commercial mixed paper and cardboard. "The high quality sorted and graded paper is reprocessed locally...

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Knox Recycling takes delivery of Australia's first Untha XR

The first Untha XR shredder is now operational in Melbourne, Australia, following a 15,000km journey from the world-renowned engineering facility where it was manufactured in Austria. The 37-tonne mobile machine has been shipped to Knox Recycling (KTS), a long-standing client of waste equipment specialist Focus Enviro. Here the Untha XR3000C mobil-e will handle up to 30 tonnes of commercial, industrial and wood...

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