The Monthly Waste Management News Roundup - September

30 September 2020

7 projects across NSW have received support of more than $700,000 in grants

Seven projects across NSW have received support in the latest round of grants of more than $700,000 to help reduce waste and promote recycling. Environment Protection Authority (EPA) director Circular Economy Programs Kathy Giunta said the funding supports NSW businesses which are innovating and finding new ways to recycle and repurpose materials which would otherwise end up in landfill. Among the grants is $134,500 awarded to Newcastle-based recycling project A Plastic Blueprint which gives businesses the tools to run their own soft plastic reduction and recycling program.

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Soft plastic recycling trial to commence on NSW Central Coast

Nestlé and Australian recycler iQ Renew today announced the next steps in a trial which will see soft plastics collected through kerbside recycling and diverted from landfill. The trial will commence with 2,000 households on the NSW Central Coast, with plans to extend it to around 140,000 homes. With the vast majority of post-consumer soft plastic going to landfill, the trial aims to find ways to collect household soft plastic and turn it into a resource.

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Asahi to construct $45M recycling facility in NSW

Japanese drinks manufacturer Asahi Beverages will construct a $45 million recycling facility in NSW via a partnership with Pact Group Holdings and Cleanaway Waste Management trading as Circular Plastics Australia. The plant, scheduled to be in operation by December next year, will be situated within 10km of Albury/Wodonga and will process roughly 1 billion 600 ml PET plastic bottles annually to produce new bottles and food packaging. It will increase the volume of PET recycled in Australia by around 66 per cent to reach more than 50,000 tonnes each year and reduce Australia’s reliance on imported recycled PET.

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South Australia is now the first state in Austalia to ban single-use plastics

South Australia has become the first state in the country to ban single-use plastics, with legislation passed in parliament 9 September. The state government’s Single-use and Other Plastic Products (Waste Avoidance) Bill 2020 bans the sale, supply and distribution of single-use plastic products. With COVID-19 restrictions still impacting the state, particularly the hospitality industry, legislation won’t commence until early 2021.

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NSW Govt releases new guidelines to boost the use of recycled glass asphalt

The NSW Government has released new guidelines to boost the use of asphalt containing recycled crushed glass on infrastructure projects across the state. Specifications have been amended to allow up to 10 per cent recycled crushed glass in asphalt base course, up from 2.5 per cent. Transport and Roads Minister Andrew Constance said the guidelines would help industry navigate the steps for establishing and operating glass-recycling facilities, and processing glass to the standard required for use by Transport for NSW.

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Cigarette butt waste can now be recycled into bricks

Researchers have shown how industries could work together to recycle cigarette butts into bricks, in a step-by-step implementation plan for saving energy and solving a global littering problem. Over six trillion cigarettes are produced each year globally, resulting in 1.2 million tonnes of toxic waste dumped into the environment. RMIT University researchers have previously shown fired-clay bricks with one per cent recycled cigarette butt content are as strong as normal bricks and use less energy to produce.

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Western Australian establishes Containers for Change scheme

With less than 30 days until the start of Containers for Change, WA’s new container deposit scheme, the McGowan Government has today launched an online resource to guide Western Australians to their closest refund point. Locations, opening hours and all the details about Western Australia’s 200 refund points are now available at https://www.containersforchange.com.au. The online resource was launched today at the Scouts WA Recycling Centre on Dellamarta Road in Wangara. 

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WA Govt allocated $97,039 to establish fly farm for organic waste recovery

The Western Australian Government has allocated $97,039 to Broome’s Waste Not Food Recycling business to support its plans to establish a black soldier fly farm for organic waste recovery. Under the proposal, organic waste would be collected, processed and fed to fly larvae, upcycling it into protein for feed and fertiliser products. According to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan, the project will help reduce organic waste going to landfill in Broome, create a protein product for the local pastoral and aquaculture industries, provide an organic fertiliser to improve degraded soils and drive local jobs in the Kimberley.

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QLD Govt awards $27 million to recycling projects

The Queensland Government is investing nearly $27 million into recycling projects through the Resource Recovery Industry Development Program. According to State Treasurer Cameron Dick, the funding will see more than 957,000 tonnes of waste diverted from landfill each year, and result in $126 million in additional capital investment from industry. “By reusing materials, the resource recovery industry directly contributes at least $830 million to the Queensland economy – turning rubbish into economic prosperity and jobs,” Dick said.

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