31 March 2021
The Monthly Waste Management News Roundup - March
Victoria to ban single-use plastics by 2023
The Victorian Government has announced a phase out and ban of specific single-use plastics by 2023, which will include single-use plastic straws, cutlery, plates, drink stirrers, polystyrene food and drink containers, and plastic cotton bud sticks.
Fed Govt releases first National Plastics Plan
The Federal Government is taking the fight against plastic waste to a new level, from plastic free beaches, to ending the confusion over household collection systems, declaring war on cigarette butts and putting an end to polystyrene consumer packaging.
Australia’s first soft plastic food wrapper
Nestlé has collaborated with other companies to create Australia's first soft plastic food wrapper made with recycled content. Food-grade recycled soft plastic is often considered the key towards improving waste management and building a circular economy.
Coles, Nestle to help drive soft plastics recycling in Australia
Coles and Nestle will join other companies in a study, which will look at potential sites in Victoria for an advanced recycling facility that could recycle soft plastics into oil before then being turned back into soft plastics.
Melbourne opens Circular Economy Innovation Grants
The City of Melbourne will deliver $175,000 in grants to local businesses to support cutting waste, reducing emissions and boosting the circular economy.
‘Circular economy’ revolution could be worth $2 trillion
A new report from accounting and consulting firm PwC shows the potential environmental and economic benefits of adopting a circular economy model for Australia. A circular economy could generate $1.86 trillion in direct economic benefits over twenty years and save 165 million tonnes of CO2 per year by 2040.
New funding to increase Victoria’s recycling capacity and capability
New funding to support Victoria’s transition to a circular economy will deliver new and upgraded #recycling infrastructure and increase Victoria’s capacity and capability to recover high quality materials.