How recycling is sorted

By Jeff Seadon, Senior Lecturer, Auckland University of Technology, originally published in The Conversation Recycling in Australia used to be fairly simple. Our older readers may remember bottle drives, paper and cardboard collections, and the trip to the scrap metal merchant to…

Recycling and Your Car

Did you know that by 2020, the average modern car will have up to 350 kilograms of plastic on board? Unless you’re driving a vintage Fifties model – cars of old were mostly steel – your ride is about 50% plastic. Probably…

Landfill – your last waste disposal option

Since Australia stopped incinerating rubbish in the middle of the 20th century, most of our solid waste has ended up in landfill. Some 20 million tonnes of garbage each year makes its way to hundreds of landfill sites, mostly clustered around our…

Turning waste into resources

Our waste is built on a linear system – it is made, we unwrap it/eat it/use it, before it ends its life either in a recycling plant or, worse, as landfill. Think of it as cradle-to-grave, just like us –…

New landfill rules for VIC and QLD

The Victorian state government estimates that the amount of e-waste (electronic waste) we create is growing up to three times faster than general municipal waste in Australia. To help protect the environment and recover more resources, the Victorian Government introduced…