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Swift action needed to save recycling jobs

23 February, 2010

Environment Victoria has called on the state government and the Opposition to stop treating the recycling industry as a political football and work together to support Victoria’s struggling recycling industry.

Waste-to-energy plant

01 February, 2010 by

WSN Environmental Solutions and joint venture partner LMS Generation will boost the export capacity of their waste-to-energy project at Eastern Creek Waste and Recycling Centre, providing green power for an extra 1000 homes.

Renewable product packaging

25 January, 2010

Dell is shipping its Dell Inspiron Mini 10 and Mini 10v netbooks in packaging made from bamboo, a renewable material that serves as a good alternative to moulded paper pulp, foams and corrugate often used in packaging.

Sustainable packaging - a growing consumer issue

03 December, 2009

A new report from independent market analyst Datamonitor identifies that sustainable packaging is a growing consumer issue that has the potential to benefit numerous stakeholders. At present, consumer interest in packaging is relatively low in general; however, a high proportion of consumers are interested in the sustainability aspect of packaging.

The biomass alternative

02 December, 2009 by Juergen Peterseim and Prof Dr-Ing Udo Hellwig, ERK Eckrohrkessel GmbH

Industry is being challenged to reduce carbon emissions and its reliance on non-renewable fuel sources. Spurring this on has been volatile oil prices as well as the likely introduction of schemes such as the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS). In this article, Juergen Peterseim* and Prof Dr-Ing Udo Hellwig** from ERK Eckrohrkessel GmbH describe technologies that are available and can make use of biomass as an alternative fuel source for industry.

National Waste Overview released

24 November, 2009

The Environment Protection and Heritage Council has released a National Waste Overview providing a summary of key facts and figures on waste and recycling in Australia.

Shopping centre waste to power homes

12 November, 2009 by

General waste from Sydney’s newest shopping centre, Top Ryde City, is scheduled to be recovered and re-used to create renewable electricity, thanks to a waste management process implemented by Veolia Environmental Services. It is looking to recover up to 60-65% of all general waste and recyclable materials, once the centre launches in November.

Collaboration to penetrate high-end packaging market

10 November, 2009

Plantic, a company engaged in the development and commercialisation of biodegradable plastics from naturally occurring high amylose starch, has announced a formal collaboration with German packaging supplier Kesko.

Document management infrastructure

27 October, 2009 by

Energex partnered with Fuji Xerox Global Services (FXGS) in 2003 to streamline the company’s document management infrastructure. It has since achieved a 23% cost reduction by consolidating its existing printer fleet and introducing more efficient multifunction devices. It has also reduced the number of devices it relies on by almost 30%, despite the company’s strong growth.

Compostable film for packaging

26 October, 2009

In a strategic move away from traditional polyethylene (PE) films, Intellipack, in conjunction with German manufacturer Storopack, have created an environmentally sustainable film that has the strength and composition properties of PE-based films, while being made from base material corn. It is said to be 100% renewable.

Harnessing energy in roads

27 July, 2009 by

Sydney construction and sustainability consultancy VIM Sustainability is the Australian distributor for the Road Energy System (RES), an innovative heating/cooling system using roads as a heat source.

CBD building keeps 91% of waste out of landfill

12 June, 2009

Sydney recycler WSN Environmental Solutions has achieved great success in the first year of its GreenStep contract with the Gateway building in Sydney, with its resource recovery program keeping 91% of the building’s waste out of landfill.

Paperless proof, the e-government magic act

03 June, 2009

A French-developed security platform which turns email into the electronic equivalent of registered mail could help deal with the bureaucratic paper mountains throughout Europe.

Greener networking

29 May, 2009 by

Linksys, a division of Cisco, has reduced packaging for its consumer networking products and it has received Energy Star certified ratings on power adapters included with more than 30 of its products.

Lightweight packaging board

29 May, 2009 by

Snowcard Bleached Board with ECF, PEFC and ISO certification is a lighter weight board for packaging. It is two-side coated folding boxboard combining visual smoothness with high brightness and an equal white shade on both sides. Suitable for point-of-sale, paperback, food and beauty product packaging, folders, covers and more, the lightweight boards consume fewer raw materials, decrease transport volumes and produce less waste.

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