Waste > Management

Toilet Challenge winners

28 August, 2012

The California Institute of Techology’s (Caltech’s) solar-powered toilet has won the Reinventing the Toilet Challenge issued by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Caltech engineer Michael Hoffmann and his colleagues were awarded $100,000 for their design, which they demonstrated at the Reinvent the Toilet Fair, a two-day event held 14-15 August in Seattle.

Enviropacific establishes in Western Australia

09 August, 2012

Enviropacific is pleased to announce the establishment of its office in Landsdale, Perth.

Publication of National Waste Policy Implementation Report 2011

25 July, 2012

The Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, on behalf of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Standing Council on Environment and Water, has released the National Waste Policy Implementation Report 2011.

Improved rates of dairy effluent compliance in 2011-12 season

12 July, 2012

Out of 977 dairy farms in Canterbury, New Zealand, 70% achieved full compliance with dairy shed effluent consent conditions in the latest season, up from 65% in the previous season.

Team to manage and monitor NZ earthquake waste established

12 June, 2012

Local agencies in New Zealand have combined to make sure the current disposal of earthquake waste is efficiently managed and monitored to ensure protection of the natural environment in both the short and longer term.

Pilot project, with compostable bags for biodegradable waste, successful

11 May, 2012

Municipal waste management company Berliner Stadtreinigung (BSR) and chemical company BASF have successfully completed a joint pilot project involving the use of organic waste bags made of the biodegradable plastic Ecovio FS. The bio-based bags meet European standard EN 13432 for compostable plastics, and in accordance with the amendment to the German Organic Waste Regulations at the end of 2011, they can be used to collect organic waste.

Liquid Waste Assessment & Waste Classfications in Australia reports available

26 April, 2012

The Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities has released two new waste policy reports: the Liquid Waste Assessment Report and Waste Classifications in Australia.

Publication of National Waste Report 2010 Evaluation Workshops study

13 March, 2012

The Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities has released the ‘National Waste Report 2010 Evaluation Workshops study. The National Waste Report 2010 was launched on 7 May 2010 and is intended to assist government, businesses and the community to make sound policies and decisions, and help individuals to contribute to waste minimisation in meaningful and achievable ways.

Place of sustainable building design

23 November, 2011

A collaborative effort between Lend Lease and the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority (SHFA) has seen the completion of the $550 million Darling Quarter development in Sydney’s CBD. In the heart of the development is the new Commonwealth Bank flagship campus which has used CSR Gyprock’s EC08 plasterboard.

Rubbish revolution around the corner

19 September, 2011

Noisy trucks collecting garbage bins in the early morning could be a thing of the past, thanks to an automated system that silently gathers garbage via an underground pipe network.The automated system is just one part of the City of Sydney’s new draft waste strategy - which details how the city will reduce landfill and greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

Griffith Uni becomes UN advisor on waste management

06 June, 2011

Griffith University’s appointment as the Australia and New Zealand sub-regional secretariat of a UN global partnership on waste management will mean Queensland local authorities receive improved advice.

Taking control of e-waste

27 April, 2011

Electronic waste or ‘e-waste’ is one of the fastest growing waste streams in Australia. It has been reported to be growing at three times the rate of municipal waste, mainly a result of technological change, shorter life spans of equipment and increased consumption.

NZ food waste collection trial

31 March, 2011

Some 2000 new food waste collection bins have been delivered to Putaruru residents for a new kerbside collection service. Putaruru is the first town in New Zealand to trial the innovative dedicated food waste collection service which has been initiated by Earthcare Environmental and the South Waikato District Council.

Sorting waste for overseas market

30 September, 2010

Adelaide Resource Recovery (ARR) operates from Adelaide’s Wingfield Recycling Centre and is receiving regular enquiries from businesses in Hong Kong and China that are keen to buy SA’s waste plastic.

New research reduces footpath footprint

24 June, 2010

Melbourne’s newly laid footpaths will leave much smaller carbon footprints than their predecessors, thanks to new research from Swinburne University’s Centre for Sustainable Infrastructure.

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