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Microbeads successfully phased out of over 90% of products

27 April, 2018

The results of an independent assessment found that of approximately 4400 relevant supermarket and pharmacy products inspected, only 6% were found to contain microbeads.

Australians waste over $9 billion worth of food every year

30 October, 2017

A new report from RaboDirect finds that Australians waste an average of 14% of their weekly grocery buy, equating to over $1050 per household per year — or a collective $9.6 billion.

Keynote speakers and sustainable innovations announced for Waste Expo Australia

18 September, 2017

Waste Expo Australia has revealed the keynote speakers and displays to be showcased at next month's event, to be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Education kit teaches culturally diverse Victorians about recycling

10 August, 2017

The Victorian government has released an education kit to help councils better communicate with their residents from culturally diverse backgrounds about waste, recycling and litter.

Erasable toner reduces paper waste

11 July, 2017

Pilot Pens Australia recently recruited Toshiba to install the e-STUDIO306LP, said to be the first multifunctional printer (MFP) in the world containing erasable toner. It allows users to print documents, erase them and then re-use the paper.

Feeding wine waste to abalone

22 June, 2017

Researchers at the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) have discovered that recycled wine waste is excellent abalone feed.

Waste management at foodpro 2017

16 May, 2017

2017 is certainly proving an auspicious year for the food manufacturing and processing industry — global changes are affecting the way we work, 'new age' technologies like 3D printing are becoming the norm and the issue of food waste is ever more perennial with each day.

Metals separator developed for very fine materials

08 May, 2017

Sorting specialist STEINERT has developed a non-ferrous metals separator for fine materials, which it supplied to metal recycler Galloo.

Our climate is changing — can the waste sector help?

03 February, 2017 by Mike Ritchie, Director

Despite clear and overwhelming evidence that our climate is changing right now, the appetite for action at a political level is diminishing.

Waste Summit opens call for abstracts

01 February, 2017

A call for abstracts has been circulated for Waste Summit, a free-to-attend industry conference taking place in October this year.

How to deal with derelict mines

07 November, 2016

Experts in mine site rehabilitation and clean-up will gather in Singleton, NSW, on 6–8 December to discuss the best ways to clean up old mine sites that may still be leaking toxins and pollutants into water, air and the human food chain.

Why bother with the circular economy?

17 October, 2016 by Mike Ritchie, MRA Consulting Group

The circular economy matters... it rejects the status quo 'take-make-dispose' linear economy in favour of cycling biological and technical materials.

Virgin Australia introduces mushrooms grown from coffee grounds

22 August, 2016

Virgin Australia has partnered with start-up company Fungimental to introduce sustainably produced oyster mushrooms onboard its flights. The mushrooms are grown in used coffee grounds collected from the Virgin Australia Sydney Lounge.

Microbeads proved to contaminate fish

17 August, 2016

As pressure mounts for a global ban on microbeads, researchers from RMIT University and Hainan University have for the first time shown that these tiny polyethylene particles directly contaminate fish with toxic chemical pollutants.

Victorian approach to waste planning worthy of polite plagiarism

01 August, 2016 by Mike Ritchie, Managing Director, MRA Consulting Group

The Victorian Government's waste planning reforms are worthy of comment and polite plagiarism by other jurisdictions, according to MRA Consulting's Mike Ritchie.

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