As recycling gets more complicated, Australia’s sorting plants are getting left behind.
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Australia needs a viable domestic recycling industry – here's the current state of play.
Abandoned tents after a festival: definitely not going to charity.
Festival-goers increasingly treat tents as disposable, imagining they are put to good use when discarded. They're wrong.
Giving food that would otherwise go to landfill to hungry people does little to ensure the well-being of Canadians who are food insecure.
Reducing food waste by feeding hungry Canadians is a simplistic solution that is deeply problematic and morally distressing.
Don’t do these doggie-doo don'ts.
Don't believe what you read on the label: 'biodegradable' bags might not break down in landfill.
A major Victorian company has had to stop accepting recycling.
China's refusal to take Australia's rubbish has started to bite, and it's clear we're not ready to deal with the consequences.
Worth the effort?
There are lots of issues with recycling – but it's still an important part of society's efforts to live more sustainably.
Academics from different disciplines come Head to Head in this series to tackle topical debates.
Sensible design can dramatically reduce waste of a renovation.
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Renovations can create more waste than new constructions – but they don't have to.
In the EU, 31% of plastic products go to landfill: but a process called "cold plasma pyrolysis" could turn them into clean fuels.
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Old landfills could be, quite literally, untapped gold mines.
The market for plastic recycling is drying up, prompting a discussion over what to do with household waste.
Incineration of household waste has gotten a bad name, argues an economist, who sees today's recycling crisis as an opportunity to reconsider how the U.S. handles its waste.
A research study found that most of the debris in gulls’ stomachs is plastic – exposing the birds to high levels of chemical contaminants and potentially limiting their reproductive success.
Seagulls have no qualms about sifting through dumps for scraps. But this buffet comes at a cost, filling their stomachs with plastic, glass, metal and even building materials.
Residents near big solar projects are often concerned they cause glare and noise.
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Big solar has a potentially bright future in cities, but we need to get the planning right first.
Connecting smugglers, disposable workers, garbage pickers and the poorest of consumers, the flip-flop trail is one of globalisation’s darker stories.
The greenest option might be to get a disposable bottle but never dispose of it.
We all know that tap water is better than buying bottled water, from an environmental standpoint at least. But what should you drink it out of? A single-use bottle, used multiple times, might be best.
The amount of landfill in Australia is expected to rise since China is no longer buying our recycling waste. But there are easy solutions to this big problem.
Ipswich Council has stopped recycling and it's likely that others around Australia will follow suit.
The Victorian government has a new proposal to ban plastic bags. What is it missing?
Victoria's proposed ban on single-use plastic bags is a step forward, but what about all the other unnecessary packaging? A truly effective waste policy should offer a comprehensive plan for packaging.
The world's largest recyclable materials importer will leave other countries searching for alternative waste management solutions.
Methane is produced in landfill when organic waste decomposes.
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.
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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.