The Monthly Waste Management News Roundup - March

31 March 2021

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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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‘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. 

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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.

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