2018 – looks like a lot of pain for MRFs and councils

By: Mike Ritchie, MRA Consulting Group Date: 12/02/2018 If you haven’t heard it already, the household recycling industry is in all sorts of trouble. 2018 is going to be a troubled year for most MRFs (Materials Recovery Facilities) and therefore their council clients. The Chinese National Sword policy has bitten and bitten hard. National Sword […]

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It’s time for Queensland Labor to reintroduce a landfill levy

More than a week after the Queensland election, current predictions are for a Labor majority. At the same time, the NSW EPA has told a NSW parliamentary inquiry that the scale of waste transport to Queensland is far higher than previously believed. An eye-watering 830,000 tonnes was transported in 2016/17, largely by rail, almost double […]

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Local organics action to help the Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is exposed to increasing pressures from climate change, rising sea temperatures, ocean acidification, land-based runoff and other pressures. The Summer of 2016 has been bad for the Great Barrier Reef (the Reef), one of Australia’s most iconic world heritage sites. High sea temperatures and rising nutrient and sediment loads in runoff […]

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State of Origin of Waste – NSW v QLD

Voluntary action by every individual helps to grow recycling rates; an extra milk bottle in the recycling bin; installing a home composting system, all contribute. Australia leads the world in household recycling rates. In the business sector most of the economically viable streams are already being recycled (cardboard, paper, metals and plastic) although there is […]

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