When it comes to recycling our waste, Australians lead the world in many areas. For example, when it comes to newspaper recycling there is no other nation that does it better than us.
Processed Engineered Fuel (PEF) is a practical and sustainable alternative to the use of fossil fuels in cement kilns. The process harnesses the energy contained in combustible material such as recyclable plastics, cardboard, paper and waste timber that would usually go to landfill. It can reduce greenhouse gas emissions thereby improving overall environmental outcomes. A […]
Words: Richard Holdcraft E-waste is a by-product of the digital age in which we live and a big issue considering the world will generate around 50 million tons of it this year. In Australia, our e-waste output is growing three times faster than general municipal waste, and what to do with it is a serious […]
Smarter sustainable solutions may be on the horizon for the Australasian waste and recycling landscape.
China’s Recycling Ban has left Australia with new problems in the waste sector, proving the key learnings may just come from other countries around the globe.
Australians are increasingly aware of the need to recycle as much waste as possible, but some products simply do not lend themselves to easy conversion into reusable material.
The waste from construction and demolition contributes 40 per cent of Australia’s total waste. However, much of this is clean, excavated material such as concrete, bricks and timber, which can be recovered through recycling. Luckily, some of our biggest companies are rising to the re-use challenge, with a growing number supporting zero waste policies. Here are four Australian businesses driving future change.
Around the world, organisations are working to inspire the business community to embrace opportunities in the green economy. One of these philosophies – zero waste – is currently doing just that, by addressing the ways we make, consume and dispose the ‘stuff’ our businesses generate. With the global aim to reduce and eventually eliminate waste sent to landfill to be disposed, here are our top six picks of who’s currently leading the charge.
Australia is a nation of clothes-lovers, so much so, that we are the second highest consumers of clothes (per capita) in the world. The average Australian buys 27kg of clothes every year, but because the stuff we buy often costs so little, we think nothing of chucking it away when we are sick of it. In fact, every 10 minutes, Australians throw out 6000 kg of clothing, making textile waste the fastest growing sector of household waste.
Australians are the second-highest producers of waste per person in the world, beaten only by Americans. So it’s good to see our industries taking innovative approaches to finding sustainable waste and recycling solutions in some of our most important waste sectors.