AWRE puts cost of landfilling on the agenda

The Australasian Waste & Recycling Expo (AWRE) has noted the exorbitant cost of landfill as it seeks to put recycling front of mind in the lead up to its annual expo.

The expo noted that the latest National Waste Data Report reveals that while Australia’s population rose by 22 per cent from 1997 to 2012, waste generation soared by 145 per cent.

At the same time, the cost of disposing waste at Australian landfills can be more than A$105 per tonne. Meanwhile, up to 52 per cent of Australia’s waste is currently recycled while a substantial portion is ending up in landfill. To prove that recycling is a viable alternative, AWRE will attract more than 1500 industry professionals to discuss the latest and greatest in recycling technology from more than 120 leading brands, from e-scrap recycling to material handling.

Key to its offering is the Towards Zero Landfill Project, which will see its partners showcase their achievements in ensuring the project moves closer to zero this year.

The Australasian Waste & Recycling Expo takes place from August 23-24 at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre.
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