With the export ban on waste glass now in effect, ResourceCo is leading the charge in giving a second life to glass in South Australia.
The equivalent of 300,000 glass bottles have been used in Warrnambool City Council’s latest road works.
The NSW Government has released new guidelines to boost the use of asphalt containing recycled crushed glass on infrastructure projects across the state.
Leading privately owned packaging and resource recovery company Visy will acquire the Australian and New Zealand glass manufacturing business of Owens Illinois in a deal worth almost A$1 billion.
After an eight month operation led by EPA Victoria, the last truckload of contaminated glass waste from Glass Recovery Services (GRS) has been removed.
The decision to push back COAG’s export ban on unprocessed glass does not alleviate the urgent need for recycling reform in NSW, according to Local Government NSW (LGNSW).
A new glass additive bin at Alex Fraser’s Clarinda Recycling Facility is boosting its reprocessing capability by 40,000 tonnes a year and has the capacity to double that production annually.
COAG’s export ban on unprocessed glass has been delayed due to restrictions related to COVID-19, and will now commence 1 January 2021.
According to Environment Minister Sussan Ley, COVID-19 restrictions made it “impossible” for parliament to pass legislation in time for the original 1 July 2020 deadline.
“We will introduce new legislation later this year to implement the waste export ban, giving interested stakeholders an opportunity to review the draft legislation,” she said.
The schedule for implementing the export ban on waste plastic, paper and tyres remains unchanged.
As part of the national response to the COAG export ban, the Federal Government is asking industry and state and territory governments to work together to bring forward project proposals that deliver a national solution for mixed-paper recycling in Australia.
“Australia has a once in a generation opportunity to improve waste management and recycling through national leadership and by funding infrastructure investments and encouraging new technologies,” Ms Ley said.
Assistant Waste Reduction and Environmental Management Minister Trevor Evans said Australia exports approximately 375,000 tonnes of mixed wastepaper and cardboard each year, but the ban will see a shift to recycling these materials domestically by 2024.
“The Federal Government is particularly interested in paper-recycling facility proposals that adopt new innovations for recovered paper and generate new jobs in rural and regional Australia,” he said.
Applications to the Federal Government are due 31 July, with a decision on successful projects expected at the end of August.
A year after state-wide disruptions to Victoria’s recycling industry, a small municipality in the state’s south west has quietly taken matters into its own hands, Annette Cannon, Moyne Shire Council Waste Education Officer explains.