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Sustainable solution to soil decontamination

Sustainability Matters

August 2, 2021

An industrial zone in the outer south-east Melbourne suburb of Dandenong is home to a permanently located integrated waste treatment and resource recovery facility. The 11,000-square-metre facility, which opened and started accepting soil in 2015, has a focus on sustainability — rather than simply sending contaminated soil to landfill, Renex Group has created an opportunity to recover and re-use the

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Building a circular economy for plastic

Sustainability Matters

July 29, 2021

Imagine buying a drink from a shop, putting the empty bottle into your recycling bin, and the next time you buy a drink, the bottle you purchase is manufactured with plastic recycled from the first. It is possible in a circular economy, where waste is minimised and resources are re-used and recycled. Closing the waste ‘loop’ for plastic starts with building the four pillars of a circular

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Building a circular economy for plastic

Sustainability Matters

July 29, 2021

Imagine buying a drink from a shop, putting the empty bottle into your recycling bin, and the next time you buy a drink, the bottle you purchase is manufactured with plastic recycled from the first. It is possible in a circular economy, where waste is minimised and resources are re-used and recycled. Closing the waste ‘loop’ for plastic starts with building the four pillars of a circular

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Recycling robot being developed to sort out soft plastics

Sustainability Matters

July 26, 2021

Soft plastics lack adequate recycling methods as they can easily entangle in waste separation machinery, leading to mechanical failure and contamination of other recyclable materials such as paper. Because of this problem, current recycling methods rely on the manual sorting of soft plastics, an often repetitive and unsafe task. Working alongside industry partners as part of a federal government

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Circular economics and the $57B e-waste opportunity

GreenBiz Group

July 12, 2021

The plastic waste problem gets plenty of attention, and for good reason: If we continue mismanaging this material as usual, there could be 7.7 gigatons of the stuff cluttering landfills, waterways and oceans, or being incinerated by 2040. Just as stunning: Plastic isn't the fastest growing waste stream the world needs to deal with.  According to research released over the past 18 months by the

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Recycled coffee cups given new life as gift wrap

Packaging manufacturer Detpak has partnered with Hallmark to transform recyclable coffee cups into gift wrap. Printed in Australia, the gift wrap range uses fibres from Detpak’s innovative RecycleMe cups. An estimated 1.2 billion coffee cups are sent to landfill every year in Australia, but RecycleMe cups feature a next-generation lining that allows them to be recycled within existing

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