In an Australian first, 11 million plastic bread tags will be removed from local waste streams by the end of 2021 with the introduction of 100 per cent recycled and recyclable cardboard bread tags.
APCO has received the go-ahead for two new plastic packaging projects under the Federal Government’s Product Stewardship Investment Fund.
CSIRO is collaborating with Chemistry Australia’s Plastics Stewardship initiative to inform ways to more sustainably use, re-use and recycle plastic products.
Visy and geosynthetic product manufacturer Geofabrics have signed a multi-year partnership to reduce the number of plastic bottles going into landfill.
Coca-Cola in Australia has announced it’s moving to 100 per cent recycled plastic for frozen cups and lids, removing problematic polystyrene from its cold drink portfolio by the end of next year.
Richard Mainey of Port Plastics is committed to boosting regional processing capacity and eliminating landfill, with help from Applied Machinery.
An independent policy discussion paper has recommended a better targeting of annual waste levies and a new Plastic Reduction Offset Scheme, to improve Australia’s chance of meeting ambitious national recycling targets.
CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, has provided the first ever global estimate for microplastics on the seafloor, with results suggesting there are 14 million tonnes in the deep ocean.
Information on consumer products and packaging is shining the spotlight on recycling operations across Australia. Waste Management Review speaks with industry to discuss consumer confusion and achieving labelling consistency.
A Plastics Recycling Results Roadmap is set to be produced following a roundtable meeting hosted by Assistant Waste Reduction Minister Trevor Evans and Australian Council of Recycling (ACOR) CEO Pete Shmigel.