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What did you do for National Recycling Week?

This year’s National Recycling Week ran from Monday 9 to Sunday 15 of November, providing an opportunity for councils, schools, workplaces, and individuals to improve their knowledge of recycling and build better recycling habits. National Recycling Week 2020 The annual campaign educates and stimulates behaviour change by promoting kerbside, industrial, and community recycling initiatives, and giving people the tools to minimise waste and manage material resources responsibly at home, work, and school. This year’s theme was ‘Recovery – A future ...
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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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Us and the government: A circular economy

We talk about the circular economy a lot. But what can each of us, as individuals, do to get there – and what do we need our government to do? What is the circular economy? The circular economy is a system in which no material is wasted. At the end of their life, materials are put back into production to create something new. This could be through domestic recycling of cans, plastic, and paper, or through industrial recycling of things ...
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We need certainty on recycled plastics

We all want to do the right thing and put plastic in the correct recycling bin. But if there is no market for recycled plastic, funding the recycling process gets difficult. A sure market One way to improve recycling rates is for governments to buy more recycled materials. Australian Council of Recycling chief Pete Shmigel says governments could sell recycled materials to roads agencies that would use them. Another 100,000 tonnes of soft plastics could be used if two road ...
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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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Mastering COVID sustainably: The Wilderness Chef

Talk about going green? Here’s one business that’s doing it! The catering business Anteloping creates quality restaurant dining experiences in unimaginable locations such as waterfalls, mountain tops, lookouts, sand dunes, ski fields, and deserts. Cooper Thomas (also known as The Wilderness Chef), the owner of Anteloping, is one of those who have had to re-orientate their whole business during COVID-19, and has factored sustainability in as he goes. Sustainability Cooper believes sustainability is important not only for the environment but ...
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What to do with e-waste

We often talk about how to dispose of plastic (especially our favourite, bioplastic) but there’s a whole other category out there that can be difficult to deal with at the end of its life – e-waste. E-waste, or electronic waste, includes everything from phones and computers to headphones and cables. You can throw them out like everything else – but they’ll end up in landfill where they (might, eventually) break down, probably releasing chemicals into the environment as they do ...
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I use plastic … but it’s ok because I recycle it

The short answer – no. Sorry to break it to you, but just because you recycle plastic does not mean it’s okay to use it in the first place. Why? Nurdles Nurdles are tiny (3-5mm) pieces of plastic that are used to make drink bottles, food containers, plastic bags, baby toys … you name it, if it’s plastic, it’s been made from nurdles. And nurdles end up everywhere. Simply because, if you’ve ever tried cooking with rice, you’ll know it’s ...
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4 things you didn’t realise CAN be recycled

We all want to do the right thing and recycle as much as possible. However, there is often confusion over what can and can’t be recycled – and rather than run the risk of contaminating the recycling bin with a non-recyclable item, people will sometimes send recyclables to landfill if they’re not sure. Always check with your local council for what they accept in their recycling program. But, just to clear the air a bit, here we’ve got four things ...
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