Metropolitan Waste and Resource Strategic Plan released

03 March, 2009

The Brumby government has released the Metropolitan Waste and Resource Strategic Plan, setting the future direction for Melbourne’s waste management.

DUMP award winners for bad packaging announced

03 March, 2009

Everyday supermarket items including Coles pre-packed lemons, Kids Care fruit snacks and Dynamo laundry refill packs have been exposed for their use of damaging and useless packaging in Environment Victoria’s 2009 National DUMP Awards.

Container deposit systems will cost consumers more

02 March, 2009

Australian Food and Grocery Council Chief Executive Kate Carnell said that it was disappointing that high-profile members of the community were still calling for costly, outdated 1970s solutions to 2009 challenges.

Unit pricing of household garbage

22 January, 2009

An alternative to a flat-rate waste collection service is one in which households are charged per unit of waste they produce. This technical paper, written by Dr Joe Pickin of Hyder Consulting, discusses a case study in Melbourne that studied the effect of unit pricing of household garbage. Did it improve welfare, reduce garbage, or neither?

European Parliament bans 22 toxic substances

22 January, 2009

The European Parliament (EU) has adopted legislation that bans the use of 22 toxic substances, including carcinogenic, reprotoxic, genotoxic, endocrine-disrupting and immunotoxic chemicals.

Cleansing leaks from toxic tips

21 January, 2009

Across Australia, tens of thousands of garbage tips are leaking a toxic brew of old, and sometimes deadly, chemicals into the water ingested or used about the home by up to 4 million people.

Television and computer monitor recycling plant for Australia

19 January, 2009

Australia is set to increase its recycling capacity with the introduction of the television and computer monitor recycling company, CRT Recycling Australia.

Rescuing surplus food

13 January, 2009

Melbourne-based food rescue charity FareShare has estimated in a new report that it will save 620 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions in 2008–09 as a result of its waste reduction efforts. The charity turns surplus food donated from businesses, including food wholesalers and catering companies, into healthy meals for people in Melbourne who are hungry and homeless.

Clean-up could offer a billion dollar land boost

07 January, 2009

Cleaning up contaminated land in the heart of Australia’s industrial cities could provide a timely boost in value to the national urban real estate portfolio.

Sustainable packaging

01 January, 2009 | Supplied by: Packsys Pty Ltd

Innovia Films’ biodegradable, compostable and flexible packaging material NatureFlex is used for the Gingerbread Folk range of biscuits. It is certified compostable and carries the ‘seedling’ logo to confirm this.

Multiple gas monitors

01 January, 2009 | Supplied by: Draeger Safety Pacific Pty Ltd

The X-am 2000 is a four-gas detector that reliably measures explosive gases and vapours, as well as H2, CO and H2S. It is suitable for confined space use and comes in a special case with charger, electronic pump and tubing.

Quiet baler

01 January, 2009 | Supplied by: Orwak Solutions Pty Ltd

Orwak 3610, which replaces the Orwak 3600, uses quiet, powerful hydraulics; the noise level is only about 60 dB.

Snail pace on petrol vapour puts air quality and public health at risk

22 December, 2008

The NSW government’s go-slow on introducing technology to capture harmful petrol vapour at service stations will expose hundreds of thousands of motorists to harmful chemicals and undermine efforts to reduce air pollution, according to the Total Environment Centre (TEC).

Bank achieves CEMARS certification

22 December, 2008

Westpac New Zealand Ltd has achieved a milestone in sustainability, by achieving Certified Emissions Measurement and Reduction Scheme (CEMARS) certification as part of its strategy to reduce its carbon footprint.

Industry organisation launches new structure

16 December, 2008

The Australian Battery Recycling Initiative has announced the official structure of its newly incorporated organisation.

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