30 November 2020
The Monthly Waste Management News Roundup - November
Toowoomba launches mattress processing trial that could divert at least 3000 items from landfill a year
Toowoomba Regional Council has launched a mattress processing trial, which if successful, is expected to divert at least 3000 items from landfill each year. Council's Water and Waste portfolio leader Nancy Sommerfield said 3000 mattresses were received at the Greater Toowoomba Waste Management Facility annually, with another 2000 received at other regional facilities. "Large bulky items like mattresses have posed challenges up to now as they do not compact easily, due to the springs, and take up significant landfill space," she said.
Western Australia to phase out single-use plastics by 2023
Western Australia will phase-out a range of single-use plastics by 2023, according to the state government's newly released Plan for Plastics roadmap. The plan will be rolled out in two stages, with regulations to be developed and implemented by 2023 for the state-wide phase out of plastic plates, cutlery, stirrers, straws, thick plastic bags, polystyrene food containers and helium balloon releases.
South Australians records Australia's best diversion rates
South Australians have recycled, reused and recovered their way to the best diversion rates on record, with 83.8 per cent of all waste diverted from landfill in 2018-19. According to the state’s latest Recycling Activity Survey, this is a record result not just for South Australia but the country, with no other state or territory able to match the rates reported for 2018-19. “In the 2018-19 financial year, the South Australian landfill diversion rate increased for the seventh year in a row,” the report reads.
Tasmanian Budget allocates $30M to waste and resource recovery
The Tasmanian Government will invest more than $30 million in waste and resource recovery initiatives as part of its 2020-21 State Budget. Environment and Parks Minister Roger Jaensch said the Budget will provide the confidence the state’s resource recovery sector needs to build a circular economy, as part of a reinvigorated Tasmanian economy. The budget has committed $9.5 million to a range of initiatives designed to reduce waste and promote recycling, including $4 million to implement key commitments under the state’s Waste Action Plan, including the delivery of a container refund scheme in 2022.
NSW Budget commits $96M to accelerate state's circular economy transition
The NSW Budget has allocated $96 million, or $240 million over four years, to waste management programs designed to accelerate the state’s circular economy transition. While little detail is provided, the Planning, Industry and Environment Cluster Outcomes Statement highlights the continuation of Waste Less, Recycle More and addressing lead contamination in Broken Hill. Additionally, it notes that the $96 million investment will be used to drive strategic policies, programs and initiatives, such as the 20-year Waste Strategy and Plastics Plan.
Coles partners with Cleanaway to convert food waste into compost
Cleanaway and Coles have launched a depackaging unit in Brisbane to convert food waste into nutrient-rich compost, the first of its kind in Queensland. Capable of separating food from its packaging, the service will process inedible or out-of-date food from 111 Queensland Coles supermarkets, creating compost for farms, gardens and parks. The facility is capable of diverting up to 20,000 tonnes of waste each year. If sent to landfill, the waste diverted would create 42,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions.
Victorian Govt invests over $300 million into the state's waste and resource recovery sector
The Victorian Government’s four-year Recycling Victoria policy will invest more than $300 million into the state’s waste and recovery sector, including 40.9 million to establish recycling infrastructure in regional areas. The Victorian Government is delivering the most significant transformation of Victoria’s waste and recycling system in the state’s history with the announcement of the $300m Recycling Victoria policy as part of the Victorian state budget 2020/21. According to the Victorian Government, it will drive investment in world class infrastructure and technology, create cutting-edge local industries and support 3900 new local jobs.