In Australia, nearly four million people experience food insecurity. And if that figure isn’t a reflection of a growing crisis, well consider this; over five million tonnes of perfectly good food ends ups in landfill every year. Yep, five million tonnes!
Metropolitan councils, state government and waste and recycling industry representatives gathered at the Inner West War on Food Waste last week to discuss Sydney’s growing food waste crisis. Inner West Council launched the forum to spark the establishment of a food recycling scheme for Metropolitan Sydney.
South Australian Company Jeffries add a Hitachi hybrid excavator and wheel loader to their fleet
September last year saw Australia face a nationwide ‘strawberry contamination’, with over 100 cases reported from customers of sewing needles being found inside their punnets of store-bought strawberries.
The damaging and long-lasting environmental effects of excessive waste has gained significant awareness in recent years. From re-usable coffee cups to the ban on plastic bags, Australian consumers have been making strides in their efforts to recycle, re-use and better dispose of waste. Our industries are helping this cause too, with a growing list of companies investing in packaging that is sustainable, biodegradable and even compostable!
At the end of the day, every retailer and food business has left over food waste that they need to deal with. All of this requires some big money to do so. In some cases, however, it can actually be a business opportunity, especially for retailers and producers who are becoming increasingly aware of their wastage.
While recycling has long been driven by dry commodities such as metals, fibre and plastics – new market conditions are making organics recovery more viable. Working together with industry experts, AWRE takes a look into new market conditions that are making organics recovery more viable. In this three part series titled – The right climate […]
As organics recovery becomes the norm, biodegradable plastics will have a key role to play in facilitating source separation. With putrescible landfills becoming less acceptable, biodegradable plastics have a key role to play in ensuring organics are recycled. The global leader in the production of biodegradable plastics is BASF, who supply both the Ecoflex and […]
Part 3 – Taking up the organics recovery challenge The right climate for organics recovery? A three part look into new market conditions that are making organics recovery more viable. Across Australia, private sector investors are backing organics recovery, demonstrating the viability of recovering this critical resource. Recovering a “waste” stream almost always means treatment […]
Part 2 – How do State Governments drive organics recovery? The right climate for organics recovery? A three part look into new market conditions that are making organics recovery more viable. Each Australian State has its own unique facilities and policies for diverting organics from landfill. With Australia producing more than 12 million tonnes of […]