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Methane is produced in landfill when organic waste decomposes. Shutterstock

Capturing the true wealth of Australia’s waste

Landfills produce huge amounts of methane. Many of the bigger operators capture it to turn into energy, but they’re wasting about 80% of what’s available. It’s time Australia stepped up.
Firefighters at the Coolaroo recycling plant earlier this month. AAP Image/Mal Fairclough

Australian recycling plants have no incentive to improve

The Victorian government is auditing every recycling facility in the state after a disastrous fire at Coolaroo. It raises a bigger issue: we don't know how many plants Australia has or where they are.
Soft Landing recycles the materials of mattresses that otherwise get dumped in landfill. Alan Stanton/flickr

What ethical business can do to help make ecocities a reality

City dwellers are individually starting to do their bit to live sustainably. Now pioneering businesses are aiming to make ecological and social sustainability part of their bottom line.
Recycling should be seen as a last defence against landfill. Lance/Flickr

We can’t recycle our way to ‘zero waste’

In the rush to increase recycling, we should remember that reducing waste in the first place is a much a higher priority.
A compactor at work on Australian landfill. via Wikimedia commons

Explainer: how much landfill does Australia have?

Australia sends 20 million tonnes of garbage to landfill every year. With thousands of sites across the nation, it's hard to track exactly how many there are, where they are, and what's filling them.
Converting waste into fuel or energy should be part of Australia’s recycling and rubbish reduction plan. Bobby Yip/Reuters

Explainer: why we should be turning waste into fuel

A recycling company has received tens of millions from the federal government to develop solid waste fuel. This fuel reduces landfill, shrinks our carbon footprint and protects the environment.

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