The Monthly Waste Management News Roundup - October

30 October 2020

Woolworths launches new recyclable paper meat trays

In an effort to shift towards more sustainable packaging options, Woolworths has launched new recyclable paper meat trays across some of its own brand of beef cuts. It's the first step in a plan to make all of its own brand red meat trays recyclable over the coming months, with thhe supermarket planning to introduce more sustainable packaging across its products. The new packaging uses 75 per cent less plastic than the previous packaging and will eliminate 2.2 tonnes of plastic from the supply chain each year.

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USYD researchers successfully create environmentally friendly cement

University of Sydney researcheres have successfully pourred "green" cement - pavement made from a unique mix of fly ash, and waste materials including ground glass and gaseous carbon dioxide. The trial "eco-pavemen" has saved 752kg of sand from being dredged and 327kg of carbon dioxide being emitted into the atmosphere, while its production has saved the equivalent energy of 1,000 cups of coffee or driving a car over 1,800km. Concrete production is an energy intensive process that involves sand and aggregate dredging, contributing to erosion and environmental degradation.

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Federal Budget reveals $249M boost for the waste and recycling industry

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg revealed a $249M boost for the waste and recycling industry as part of the Federal Budget announcement on Tuesday evening, in the hopes of stopping more than 600,000 tonnes of waste ending up in landfill and also creating industry jobs. The highly anticipated Federal Budget document has laid out the Morrison Government's investment in the waste and recycling sector as part of Australia's Economic Recovery Plan in response to COVID-19. Minister for the Environment Sussan Ley said the 2020-21 Budget will deliver key outcomes in transforming the nation's waste industry.

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Aldi to reduce plastic use in packaging by 25% by 2025

Australians are looking for ways to reduce plastic and packaging as we see a rise in single-use plastics like takeaway cutlery alongside the pandemic. Aldi has made a commitment to completely phase out single-use plastics in its stores including tableware and cotton buds which will be out the door by the end of the year. The household essentials will be replaced with eco-friendly versions. There will also be no more plastic bags at your banana stand or plastic sleeves on your spring onions. 

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983,000 tonnes of sandstone from Sydney's WestConnex to be repurposed for construction

Millions of tonnes of sandstone taken from underneath Sydney's WestConnex is being repurposed to build parts of Western Sydney International Airport. Since March, 983,000 tonnes of aggregate sandstone have been delivered to the site, which will be used to construct the airport's taxiways and roads. Over the life of the project, an eestimated 4.5 million tonnes of recycled sandstone will be used. The sandstone is being extracted from two of the WestConnex tunnelling sites, the M4-M5 Link and the Rozelle Interchange.

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WA's Containers for Change sees 10 million returns within one month

Western Australians have returned more than 10 million containers since the state’s container deposit scheme, Containers for Change, launched 1 October. According to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson, Western Australians have made almost 50,000 visits to Containers for Change refund points, cashing in an average 200 beverage containers per visit. “Every container returned means one more that is recycled, reducing litter, reducing landfill, and contributing to a more sustainable environment,” he said.

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Queensland's Logan City is the first local government area in Australia to turn human waste into energy

Queensland's Logan City is the first local government area in Australia to turn human waste into energy after trialling a state-of-the-art gasification plant at the Loganholme Waste Water Treatment plant. The $17 million plant takes biosolids, a substance made from the treatment of sewage, and generates electricity. It also creates an inert substance called biochar that can be used for agricultural purposes.

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Maryvale WtE facility achieves 3 key milestones

Three important milestones have been achieved at the state-of-the-art Maryvale Energy from Waste (EfW) facility in the Latrobe Valley, Victoria. 

The three achievements are: 

  • Masdar and Tribe have joined as additional equity partners for the development of the EfW facility 
  • ACCIONA has been selected as the construction partner 
  • SUEZ Australia and New Zealand has committed 150,000 tonnes per annum of Commercial and Industrial waste, to meet close to half of its initial capacity  

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