The Monthly Waste Management News Roundup - October

1 October 2019

Here's our waste management news roundup for October 2019 

Plastic bag litter drops 30 per cent in WA

The amount of plastic bag litter in Western Australia has fallen by 29.9 per cent, according to the latest National Litter Index Report. The drop follows the state's introduction of a lightweight plastic bag ban in July last year. Environment Minister Stephen Dawson said the National Litter Index also indicates that the total volume and number of items littered in Western Australia has fallen by 15.7 per cent and 8.5 per cent...

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Coles partners with Cleanaway to convert waste into fuel

Coles has partnered with Cleanaway to recover energy from difficult to divert waste streams, at the Cleanaway ResourceCo Recovery Facility in New South Wales. The partnership forms part of Coles' zero waste to landfill supermarket trail, which aims to alter instore processes, put greater focus on source separation and treat waste as a resource. Coles Chief Property and Export Officer Thinus Keeve said the trial would help Coles find...

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Litter reporting app launched in Tasmania

Tasmanian residents can now report litter and dumping of waste from their smartphones, tablets and computers. Announced by the EPA Tasmania on October 1, a new app called Report Rubbish makes it easy for the public to report litter. Development by the state government to help reduce littering and dumping in Tasmania, Report Rubbish requests information about the location, quantity and type of rubbish found. Photos of the rubbish...

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Cleanaway launches waste-to-energy plan

A Cleanaway and Macquarie Capital Green Investment Group joint venture will see waste from households and local businesses converted into power, for as many as 65,000 Western Sydney homes. Cleanaway and Macquarie Capital are co-investing and co-developing the waste-to-energy project, which will eventually be operated by Cleanaway. According to a Cleanaway statement, the proposal targets red bin waste that cannot be recycled, and...

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VIC commits $1.6M to recycling research projects

The Victorian Government, through Sustainability Victoria's Research, Development and Demonstration grants program, has allocated $1.6 million to projects that develop products sourced from recycled glass, plastic, paper and e-waste. Environment Minister Lily D'Ambrosio said the grants program supports innovative research to develop and test new uses and technologies for materials recovered from household and commercial recycling. Projects include...

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Single-use plastic bag ban to commence shortly in Victoria

A state-wide ban on lightweight, single-use plastic bags will take effect in Victoria on November 1. Announced by the Victorian government in June 2018, the ban aims to help reduce the impacts of plastic on the environment by promoting the shift from single use plastics bags to durable, reusable bags. The ban will apply to all businesses that sell goods, including; supermarkets, green grocers, bakeries, pharmacies, clothes stores, restaurants, cafes, markets...

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Cleanaway acquires SKM Recycling

Cleanaway Waste Management has agreed to purchase SKM Recycling facilities for $66 million and the company will employ SKM's former staff in Victoria to get those sites up and running. On October 9, the ASX-listed company announced that it will acquire the properties, plant and equipment and certain other assets of SKM. The acquisition is expected to be completed by the end of October. SKM Recycling was placed into receivership in August after...

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Unilever to eliminate over 100,000 tonnes of plastic packaging by 2025

Unilever has announced that by 2025 it will eliminate more than 100,000 tonnes of plastic packaging and collect and process more plastic packaging than it sells. The company, owner of brands including Lipton, Ben & Jerry's and Walls Ice Cream, has announced new commitments to reduce its plastic waste and help create a circular economy for plastics. Unilever has confirmed that by 2025 it will: halve its use of virgin plastic, by reducing its absolute use of plastic...

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Ikea rolls out nation-wide scheme which saw 1,600 pieces of furniture returned and re-sold

Sydneysiders may be familiar with the Ikea buy-back scheme that was trialled for a year at the Tempe store in Sydney, which saw 1,600 pieces of furniture returned and re-sold. However, Ikea have now announced that the one-of trial was successful, and the scheme will now be rolled out all across Australia. That means all Australians can now return their old and used Ikea furniture to an Ikea store close to them, and the customer will receive an Ikea gift voucher for their...

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Ikea Richmond in Melbourne's CBD diverts over 80 tonnes of food waste 

Retail's largest concerns, including at Ikea, David Jones Food, are making significant reductions in food wastage while improving food quality and helping the environment. And the reductions have not been achieved by hurting their bottom line with cost effective, environmnetally-friendly practices now available in Australia. Ikea Richmond in Melbourne's CBD was the first to implement the enrich360 Program in April 2018 and has since diverted of over 80 tonnes of food waste.

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