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9 weeks until Christmas …

I know. Can you believe it either? But this isn’t going to be a very jolly post – in fact, this is going to quite a sobering one. As we start to think about going out and buying gifts … we need to be mindful of the impact it might be having. Waste at Christmas Each Australian increases their waste by about 30% on average at Christmas time. The main offenders are all that wrapping paper, packaging, and uneaten food. ...
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International E-Waste Day

Today, October 14, is International E-Waste Day – a day first developed in 2018 to raise awareness of electronic waste (e-waste) recycling and encourage people to recycle their e-waste. Why e-waste? In 2019, the world generated 53.6 million tonnes of e-waste. It is estimated that by 2030, the amount of e-waste created will reach 74 million tonnes. Only 17.4 per cent of e-waste in 2019 was collected and recycled. This means that 44.3 million tonnes was either placed in landfill, ...
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Zero Waste Week is approaching

Zero Waste Week is approaching! This global event occurs in the first full week of September, which this year is September 6-12. Zero Waste Week has been held since 2008, and now has over 50 million participants worldwide. Australia-wide recycling tips To prepare for Zero-Waste Week, here are some handy places you can go, no matter where you are in Australia, to recycle used items and products that many people think can’t be recycled. It’s not an exhaustive list, but ...
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3 ways to reduce coffee cups to landfill

More and more people are using keep cups, but about 1 billion disposable coffee cups are still sent to landfill annually in Australia. Recently, reducing this number has been even more difficult, as many cafes refused reusable cups at the height of the pandemic. However, as we come out the other side of COVID-19 (we hope), here are three things customers, cafes, and policymakers can do to reduce the amount of waste we use. Customers: show off your reusable cup ...
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Bioplastics vs conventional plastics – a refresher

Determining what products are truly sustainable and why can be very difficult. Here, we give a short refresher on why bioplastics are better than conventional plastics. Bioplastics BioPak agrees that to be 100% sustainable, customers should BYO coffee cups, plates, cutlery, rather than using disposable items. However, sometimes this is not convenient or practical, which is when food service disposables are the best option. And, when this is the case, we suggest disposable products made from renewable materials rather than ...
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Invisible plastic – what’s the problem?

In the plastic debate, public concerns and action often focus on items such as plastic bags and coffee cups. While these are hugely important – especially as they are often the items disappearing down drains and suffocating wildlife – many other sources of plastic pervade our lives without us even realising. These sources are often called invisible plastic. What is invisible plastic? Invisible plastic includes things such as household white goods, vehicles, textiles, electronics, and building products. These are not ...
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3 things you didn’t realise can’t be recycled

We all want to do the right thing and recycle as much as possible. However, by putting a non-recyclable into the recycling bin, you contaminate the rest of the recycling and then none of it gets recycled. Always check with your local council for region-specific rules on what they do and don’t accept. However, here are three things that generally cannot be recycled, wherever you are. Paper towels and tissues So, paper can be recycled. However, paper towels and tissues ...
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Our goal: zero waste to landfill

Australians are pretty good at recycling. We take pride in separating our garbage so that glass, plastics, paper, and aluminium can be recycled – forgive my cynicism, but it might be the only environmental thing we’re good at. But a couple of years ago, we started to feel like it was a waste of time. When China banned imported recycling materials, several councils had their recycling contracts cut back by waste companies. It seems like councils had one of two ...
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What goes into landfill?

Have you ever wondered what, exactly, ends up in landfill? Discussions around waste collection can often be confusing. Find out why we need to rethink our ‘linear’ economy and move towards a circular economy. What is landfill? Landfills are the final destination for a huge amount of waste which is not recycled, composted, reused, or otherwise repurposed. They are designed to store waste – not let it break down. Landfill is where anything you put in your household waste bin ...
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