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Paper-based single-use tableware more sustainable than reusable, says report

Sustainability Matters

March 11, 2021

A study investigating the environmental impacts of single- and multi-use packaging used at quick-service restaurants has found that paper-based single-use products provide significant environmental advantages compared with reusable options. Conducted by global engineering, design and consultancy company Ramboll, and commissioned by the European Paper Packaging Alliance (EPPA), the life cycle

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Agriculture & Food, Waste Management & Recycling


25 badass women shaping climate action in 2021

GreenBiz Group

March 8, 2021

Given the devastating economic toll the COVID-19 pandemic has had on women and girls, the imperative to mark International Women’s Day carries more weight than usual this year.  The idea of a day celebrating the accomplishments of the female gender in the U.S. reaches back to 1909. Throughout the subsequent decade, the concept was embraced by countries including Austria, Denmark, Germany,

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Agriculture & Food, Industry & Packaging, Waste Management & Recycling


Anammox bugs tackle sewage at Qld plant

Sustainability Matters

March 7, 2021

Reported to be the first of its kind in the Asia–Pacific region, the treatment facility at Queensland’s Urban Utilities’ Luggage Point Resource Recovery Centre uses Anita Mox technology to naturally remove ammonium and nitrogen from sewage via anammox, or anaerobic ammonium oxidation. Organic nutrients like ammonium and nitrogen must be removed from sewage to protect the quality of

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Ecosystems, Wildlife & Biodiversity, Waste Management & Recycling, Water Quality & Water Pollution


5 opportunities of a circular economy

GreenBiz Group

March 5, 2021

More than 100 billion tons of resources enter the economy every year — everything from metals, minerals and fossil fuels to organic materials from plants and animals. Just 8.6 percent gets recycled and used again. Use of resources has tripled (automatic PDF download) since 1970 and could double again by 2050 if business continues as usual. We would need 1.5 Earths to sustainably support our current resource

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Construction, Development & Real Estate, Ecosystems, Wildlife & Biodiversity, Waste Management & Recycling


National Plastics Plan tackles problematic plastic

Sustainability Matters

March 4, 2021

The Australian Government has released its National Plastics Plan 2021, proposing a wide range of APCO-led initiatives to fight plastic waste by reducing plastic packaging, and improving recycling and recycled content uptake in the Australian marketplace. The multi-pronged approach includes plastic-free beaches, new labelling guidelines, eliminating expanded polystyrene consumer packaging fill and

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Investment, Waste Management & Recycling, Water Quality & Water Pollution



FedEx pledges to be carbon neutral by 2040

GreenBiz Group

March 3, 2021

Global logistics giant FedEx on Wednesday announced a goal to be carbon neutral by 2040. The plan includes a $2 billion investment across electric vehicles, clean energy for operations and a new academic center with Yale focused on capturing carbon. FedEx — which uses over 180,000 vehicles to deliver packages across continents and operates the world's largest cargo airline — has

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Environment & Climate, Transportation, Waste Management & Recycling


Waste survey finds >80% of food packaging unfit for home recycling

Sustainability Matters

March 2, 2021

A survey assessing 82 popular food products has found that more than 80% feature packaging that cannot be put into home recycling bins. Only 16 products (19.5%) were entirely kerbside recyclable; 45 (55%) must have some elements taken to a collection point; and 21 (25.5%) are currently difficult to collect and recycle, with many examples of overpackaging and bad packaging design. WWF-Australia worked with

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Waste Management & Recycling


Awards recognise Sunshine Coast sustainability strategy

Sustainability Matters

March 1, 2021

Plans for protecting the environment and delivering a livable Sunshine Coast have put Sunshine Coast Council on the list of finalists for this year’s Banksia Sustainability Awards. The council’s Environment and Liveability Strategy (ELS) is a contender for the awards, to be held on 23–24 March 2021. Sunshine Coast Council Mayor Mark Jamieson said he was delighted to see the integrated

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Ecosystems, Wildlife & Biodiversity, Environment & Climate, Waste Management & Recycling