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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.
Aluminum cans are among the most valuable items to recycle. ableman/flickr

Are we recycling too much of our trash?

As municipalities push for more recycling, one study of Japan found that low rates deliver the most benefits and that certain materials, notably aluminum and paper, are most valuable.
Hefty problem: a local council was left with a huge clean-up bill after a dead whale washed up in Perth last year. AAP Image/City of Stirling

Dead whales are expensive – whose job is it to clear them up?

Dead whales can cost beachside ratepayers a lot to clean up. The alternative is to tow them away before they wash up - but the legal question of who does the job is far more complex than it sounds.

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