For the plastics export ban transition to be successful, we need local, state and federal Governments to work proactively with the resource recovery sector, writes Rose Read, CEO of the National Waste and Recycling Industry Council.
PepsiCo has become the first large food business in Australia to integrate 100 per cent recyclable packaging across its entire snack range.
Since July 2019, the City of Sydney has been running a food scrap collection and recycling trial for more than 11,500 households.
The trial is aimed at seeing results from mass food scarp collection, with the City of Sydney asking for more participants for the extended trial.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the food scrap trial is a great first step to reducing carbon emissions, with waste accounting for 9 per cent of Sydney’s carbon emissions.
“We’re in the middle of a climate crisis and need to save every scrap of carbon we can to accelerate emissions reduction,” Moore said.
“So far, the trial has diverted more than 500 tonnes of food waste from landfill, and we want to do more.”
Participants are offered a kitchen caddy bin and food scraps bin, as well as pop up information sites outside of the buildings.
“The response from those who are already part of the scheme has been incredibly positive,” Moore said.
“97 per cent of people taking part say it’s very easy to use and the overwhelming majority are very happy with the way it’s being run in their building,” she said.
The trial is being supported by funding from the NSW Environmental Trust, as part of the NSW EPAs Waste Less Recycle More program.
Speaking at the 2021 Waste Conference, Megan Bekeski of East Waste highlighted the importance of delivering education and behavioural change regarding waste.
BINGO has opened a new $100 million mixed waste recycling facility, at the company’s Eastern Creek Recycling Ecology Park.