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.
Soft Landing recycles the materials of mattresses that otherwise get dumped in landfill.
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.
A compactor at work on Australian landfill.
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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.
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.
Which bin? Recycling can be confusing.
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Australia's recycling rules can seem horrendously complicated. But there a few golden rules to follow.
What you can recycle depends on where you live.
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More Australians are recycling than ever, but let's not forget that avoiding waste in the first place is the best option.