If recycling were a Commonwealth Games sport, Australia would be Trinidad and Tobago. We rank 17 out of the 34 OECD nations in the recycling event, yet we are increasing the amount of waste we generate — up 23 percent between 2006 and 2015. Of course, this is not news to the waste industry. Finding a way to deal with waste is becoming more pressing, as our days of exporting it to other countries are rapidly coming to an end.
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!
Progressive councils across Australia were already pushing the boundaries on managing municipal waste even before the China import ban, and since then several exciting new initiatives have been announced.
The National Waste and Recycling Industry Council (NWRIC) has received support from Australia’s largest waste management companies – and has begun operations.
The design phase needs to change for plastic bags to have a future says GRANT MUSGROVE. The debate on plastic bags in Australia is rather unsophisticated and the problem is complex. At the outset, I should say there’s no simple answer, but the issue with plastic bags really arises at the design phase – they’re […]
Local innovators are leading the way on sustainability innovation – learn from three of the best Australia has long been on the global innovation radar across many industries, and now the world sustainability community is sitting up and taking note of a new wave of local environmentally focussed entrepreneurs and innovators coming from ‘the land […]
Q&A with Kalleske Wines, winner of the 2015 ‘Banksia Gold Award’ and 2015 ‘Small to Medium Business Sustainability Leadership Award’
We sat down with Troy Kalleske, Winemaker and Co-Owner of Kalleske Wines on the back of the 2016 Banksia Awards launch to talk about some of the initiatives that are driving best practice within the business. Kalleske won the 2015 Banksia Award for the its energy and water efficiency work. Can you describe how you […]
Simply doing what was done last year with waste contracts can be a potential barrier to innovation. Innovation is a water cooler conversation word – it’s overused and underappreciated. While every organisation wants to be seen as innovative – a characteristic that is associated with being versatile, capable and courageous – most are at best, […]
Updates from the BBP on Operational Waste Guidelines and NABERS With no previous set standard on how we report on waste management outcomes, there have been no benchmarks, no measurement frameworks and a huge amount of varying methodologies on how we talk about waste performance – leading us to question, how do your procurement and […]
The first cities were established in Mesopotamia around 7500 BC. Since then we have developed and refined systems and practices for the disposal of waste. That’s almost 10,000 years of accumulated experience of throwing unwanted stuff into a bucket or pile, and a person, whose job it is to do so, takes it away. In […]