The Monthly Waste Management News Roundup - July

31 July 2020

Here's our waste management news roundup for July 2020

Job boost expected from $600m recycling scheme as 2024 export ban looms

Up to 10,000 new jobs are expected to be generated through a $600 million waste recycling stimulus scheme from government and industry.

The new funding will increase Australia's processing capacity ahead of a deadline set by the Council of Australian Governments, which agreed last August to ban exports of unprocessed waste in 2024.

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Landfill waste crisis the focus of new research hub

A new research hub designed to address Australia’s overflowing landfill waste is now being developed. The new research hub will involve leading scientists, researchers and industrial experts from nine Australian universities and 36 state, industry and international partners, and will be led by RMIT University.

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Is Australia on track to halve food waste by 2030?

Food Innovation Australia Limited has now commenced its $400k National Food Waste Strategy Feasibility Study. The study will test whether the commitment to halve Australia’s food waste by 2030 is indeed possible and what actions will increase the likelihood of achieving this target.

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Sustainability Victoria launches Buy Recycled directory

Sustainability Victoria has launched a new online directory, Buy Recycled, a tool designed to provide government buyers with easy access to suppliers and recycled material options when considering products for purchasing and infrastructure projects.

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QLD set to pass single-use plastic ban 

The Queensland Government has introduced legislation to ban single-use plastic items, starting with straws, stirrers, cutlery and plates.

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BRII opens $12M environmental challenges funding round

The Federal Government is calling on small and medium businesses to develop innovative solutions for Australia’s environmental challenges, with $12 million in funding available through the Business Research and Innovation Initiative. The latest funding round will address five key challenges including turning office trash into energy treasure, which will be administered through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency.

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EPA VIC grants works approval for WtE facility in Dandenong South

EPA Victoria has granted a works approval for a waste-to-energy facility to be built in Dandenong South.

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NSW commits $185M to Parkes Special Activation Precinct

The NSW Government has committed another $185.4 million to develop the Parkes Special Activation Precinct. The precinct will be Australia’s first UNIDO Eco Industrial zone, which is a community of businesses located on a common property that seeks to achieve enhanced environmental, economic and social performance through collaborative environmental and resource management.

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