Long awaited legislative changes

Long awaited legislative changes

On the 27th of September of 2017, the Victorian parliament passed laws banning cash payments for scrap metal recycling. With this legislation in affect following parliamentary assent, a transition period for businesses to incorporate the new practice requirements by the 30 May 3018; at the latest as all provisions will be activated, the Justice Legislation… read more

Force Majeure?

Force Majeure?

In the wake of China’s decision to prohibit foreign exports of certain recyclable waste, council contractors are no doubt scratching their heads as to what to do next. How do they manage their obligations, where will all this material go etc. Have you heard about a ‘Force Majeure’? Me neither. Over the past couple of… read more

China’s decision to stop taking foreign waste

China’s decision to stop taking foreign waste

China has long been the leader in imported recyclable materials, just as it is in much of the world’s international trade. However, the decision by China to no longer accept recyclable imports has sent much of the world into disarray.   On 18 July of last year, China informed the World Trade Organisation that it… read more

The Real Issues

The Real Issues

‘Energy isn’t the issue – there is enough energy reaching us from the sun and we’ll work out how to harness it. The real issue is materials – there aren’t that many meteorites, so we only have what exists in the earth.’ – Professor James Clark, Director of The Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence.   Fear can… read more

It doesn’t all have to go to waste

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It doesn’t all have to go to waste

Waste.   Like death and taxes, waste is currently an inevitability of life that we all should consider. Whether it is the plastic bags we shop with, the leftover casserole that no-one seems to want to eat, our morning takeaway coffee cup, the can of soft drink taken to the beach, the old washing machine… read more