The Monthly Waste Management News Roundup - November

1 November 2019

Here's our waste management news roundup for November 2019

Woolworths launches Loop reusable packaging program

Beginning mid-2021, Woolworths shoppers will have access to sustainable home delivery through TerraCycle's zero-waste reusable packaging solution Loop. According to a Woolworths statement, the program allows customers to consume a variety of commonly used products such as washing detergent, shampoo, juice and ice cream in customised, brand-specific, durable packaging that is delivered in a specially designed reusable shipping tote.

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Victoria's single-use plastic ban begins

Single-use plastic shopping bags have been banned across Victoria, under new legislation introduced to parliament in June. The ban, which commenced November 1, applies to bags with a thickness of 35 microns or less, including bags made from degradable, biodegradable and compostable plastic. Environment Minister Lily D’Ambrosio said the ban follows extensive community consultation on tackling plastic pollution, with...

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QLD CDS achives 1 billion returns in first year

In its first year of operations, Queensland’s container deposit scheme Containers for Change has seen one billion containers returned. Environment Minister Leeanne Enoch said the return rate is a third higher than predicted. “On average, we’re currently seeing more than 3.4 million containers a day being returned across the state,” Ms Enoch said. “These containers were the second most littered item in our state, but since the scheme started...

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SUEZ-ResourceCo hits one million tonnes of process engineered fuel

SUEZ-ResourceCo’s South Australian Wingfield facility has officially produced one million tonnes of alternative fuel. SUEZ-ResourceCo Chairman Mark Venhoek said the facility uses technology to harnesses the energy value found in construction and demolition and commercial and industrial waste. According to Mr Venhoek, the energy is then used to produce process engineered fuel (PEF) for Adelaide Brighton Cement. “The partnership has seen...

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Coca-Cola and Veolia to establish Australian plastic recycling plant

Coca-Cola Amatil and Veolia are considering opportunities to establish a recycled plastic processing plant in Australia. The potential recycling plant will focus on PET plastic, which is used to manufacture plastic bottles. Coca-Cola Amatil’s Group Managing Director Alison Watkins said a joint project team has been established by the two companies, which will consider the plant’s economic feasibility, size, scale and location, end-to-end requirements...

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Recycled plastic used to resurface Melbourne streets

The City of Melbourne is using plastic previously destined for landfill to resurface five prominent city streets. According to Lord Mayor Sally Capp, the first road to be re-surfaced with asphalt made with recycled plastic was Flinders Street, with works occurring between Exhibition Street and Spring Street in October. “We collect 11,000 tonnes of residential recycling each year. Using a mix of plastic to resurface our streets is one way we can support...

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ACOR launches NSW recycling app

The Australian Council of Recycling (ACOR) and the NSW Government have launched a recycling app to help the state improve resource recovery rates. ACOR CEO Pete Shmigel said Recycle Mate identifies what suburb a user is in and provides tailored information to each council's recycling collection system. "It's like having a huge recycling guidebook in your pocket - it's the most comprehensive recycling app of its kind," Mr Shmigel said. "The app's...

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Australian researchers find way to extract and reuse polyester from mixed fabrics

QUT researchers have found a treatment to extract and reuse polyester from polyester/wool mix fabrics. By extracting this material, the researchers hope it could help minimise the 92 million tonnes of textiles heading to landfill each year. Professor Robert Speight and Dr Laura Navone found that a commercial enzyme dissolves wool fibres from polyester and wool mix fabrics, without damaging the polyester strands. Speight said that the polyester extracted...

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