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Opening the lid on waste

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Blake Lindley, Senior Sustainability Consultant

Recent announcements by the respective environmental agencies of South Australia, Victoria and NSW have all confirmed a continued focused on diversion of waste from landfill in the coming years. Here we take a look at emergent industry and government initiatives changing the landscape of waste disposal by challenging the status quo and delivering improved environmental outcomes.

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H

ave you ever wondered

has a value affected by its collection and

about what happens to a

processing costs. It competes directly (in

milk bottle once you’re

price) against its virgin equivalent. These

finished with it? Well,

economic drivers are in continuous flux,

depending on where you

driven on one end by raw commodity prices

are in the country, the

and on the other by changing demand for

results are going to be very different. A

recyclable materials themselves. Throw

milk bottle disposed of in your local kerbside

into the mix the motivations of each profit-

service may become a piece of blended

seeking enterprise in the process and the

plastic street furniture; in another part of

difficulty of modelling, regulating or mapping

the country, it may become a plastic bag;

downstream waste flows becomes apparent.

and elsewhere it may be sent offshore as

However, in the same way that ecolabels

fuel for energy recovery.

and procurement guidelines have long been

As you can imagine, the environmental

used to drive action in upstream supply

impacts of each of these scenarios are radi-

chains, industry leaders are harnessing col-

cally different. Economics drives recycling,

lective influence to drive increased clarity

and recyclable material, being a commodity,

across waste disposal streams.

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