Some plastic sent overseas for recycling ends up as pollution, or goes up in toxic smoke. But there are steps we can take to ensure our waste is processed as intended.
The federal government today announced $1 billion plan to divert more than ten million tonnes of waste from landfill. But waste management is about more than just recycling.
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By 2030, no matter where Victorians live or visit, they’ll have a consistent kerbside bin system.
Plenty of ink has been spilled over Australia’s recycling and waste problem, but real action remains frustratingly out of reach.
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An inconclusive COAG meeting comes after years of inquiries, announcements, initiatives, investigations and reviews. Australia is no closer to actually tackling our waste problems.
A new grocery delivery service offers a new way to think about low-waste shopping.
A new business is skipping recycling in favour of returning, washing and reusing sturdy containers for common groceries.
A woman sorts plastic bottles at a workshop in Hanoi. The world is being overwhelmed by plastic waste, and companies should do more to address it.
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Advertisers that tell a good story can persuade the public of all sorts of things. But some messages are disingenuous and misleading.
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.
Recycling is a communal problem.
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Australia’s recycling woes belong to everyone, from households to government to business. It’s time to stop pointing fingers and get to work on a solution.
Indonesia is not the only country to turn back contaminated waste.
Australia doesn’t want to deal with its own recycling waste, so why do we think other countries should do it for us?
Rooftop solar has boomed, but soalr panels only last about 20 years. What happens to the waste?
Australia urgently needs to prepare for a coming tsunami of solar panel and battery waste.
Easter eggs with coloured foil might look pretty at Easter, but it can contaminate your recycling if it’s not dealt with correctly.
Navigating Australia’s recycling crisis is even harder during festive seasons. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try.
Not enough packaging is finding its way to recycling centres.
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Too much recyclable packaging is still finding its way into landfill - and plastic is the biggest culprit, with two-thirds going unrecovered, according to a new analysis.
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.
Migrant workers break apart blocks of pressed plastic bottles at a recycling plant in Thailand.
Since China stopped accepting Australia’s recyclable plastic, the majority of exported plastic waste is now going to developing nations in South East Asia.
The proposed policy doesn’t quite fit all the pieces together.
This year’s recycling crisis has prompted the federal government to pledge a move towards an economy in which materials are kept in use for as long as possible. But it still has a long way to go.
You might know expanded polystyrene as packing foam, but it’s a nightmare to recycle. Why not just turn it into something useful (or beautiful) instead?
Illegal dumping is costing governments millions – but satellite technology could help put a stop to it.
Could this be turned into fuel, instead of just more plastic?
Plastic can only be recycled a few times before it becomes useless. But even non-recyclable plastic can be used to help produce petrol and diesel. Could this process help overcome the recycling crisis?
Sydney’s experience suggests that having separate bins for paper and bottles leads to better recycling.
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Both short- and long-term solutions are needed to solve Australia’s recycling crisis. State and federal ministers are pursuing some promising avenues, but they need to cast the net much wider.
These are already 100% recyclable - the trick is to actually recycle them.
Under a new target, 100% of Australian packaging will be recyclable, compostable or reusable by 2025. But this is not enough - we also need to ensure that recyclable materials are actually recycled.