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  • EPA NSW Product Improvement Grants

    The EPA NSW’s Product Improvement Program is open to applications, with individual grants of $50,000 to $1 million available. The program supports co-investment in infrastructure projects that aim to improve the quality of recycled materials,  reduce the amount of unrecyclable material left at the end of the process, increase the amount of waste materials recycled,...

    4th July, 2018

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  • NACRO Conference – Draft Agenda Announced

    The leaders of the charitable recycling sector will be on the Gold Coast during 15-16 October, attending the NACRO Annual Conference 2018. Join them – register today. 90% of members said they want to know the Future of Recycling. So that’s the conference theme. More specifically, the Future of Recycling, Retail and Responsible Donating. Each...

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  • Vinnies NSW Launches Second Bulk Container Sorting Facility

    Vinnies NSW has launched a second Bulk Container Deposit Centre as part of the state’s container deposit scheme. The Unanderra facility can process up to 100,000 containers per day, and complements existing over-the-counter sites and reverse vending machines with an efficient way to process large volumes of eligible containers. Container deposit refunds can be received...

    25th May, 2018

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  • Second-hand really is the New ‘New’

    Even in the luxury market. The meteoric rise of resale sites such as TrueFacet and Tradesy that provide dedicated environments for buying and selling pre-owned prestige watches and jewellery by offering guarantees of authenticity, has been achieved through best-in-class Search engine Optimisation (SEO). For example, TrueFacet mentions “Tiffany” 121 times on its Tiffany gallery page and...

    25th May, 2018

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  • NACRO Invited on WA’s Container Deposit Scheme Advisory Board

    The Hon. Stephen Dawson MLC, Minister for Environment has invited NACRO to join Western Australia’s Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) Advisory Group. Ro Richardson of the Western Australian Department of Environment Regulation gave NACRO members a thorough brief on the CDS opportunities for charitable recyclers, during the WA NACRO Members Meeting on 7 May 2018. For...

    25th May, 2018

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  • How ThreadUp Can Digitally Disrupt Op Shops

    ThredUp is an online retail platform seeking to reinventing second-hand shopping by disintermediating op shops and sending clothes direct to consumers. As Australian op shops look to develop their online offerings, ThredUp needs to be on the radar. Here’s a product review and individual perspective from Cheap Chic.

    25th May, 2018

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  • New Income Opportunities in e-Waste

    Forget panning for gold or extracting copper ore. A new study shows that recovering metals from discarded electronics, a process known as urban mining, is far less expensive than mining them the traditional way. In 2016 alone, the world discarded 44.7 million metric tons of unusable or simply unwanted electronics. A Chinese study found that organisations...

    25th May, 2018

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  • Transparent Bins to Bring Clarity to Waste

    For most people, once they lift the lid and throw their rubbish in the wheelie bin, their household waste is out of sight, out of mind. Gunther Hoppe, chief executive of the Mindarie Regional Council in Western Australia is hoping to challenge this mindset by putting wheelie bin contents on display. As a trial to...

    25th May, 2018

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  • What Can Australia Learn from the World’s Best and Worst Recyclers?

    Germany and Wales have seemingly mastered their waste problem. They could help Australia as it grapples with China’s ban on contaminated recyclable material. Having set an ambitious target to achieve zero waste by 2030, Wales could soon overtake Germany as the world’s leading recycling nation. Germany is so good at recycling they have even found a...

    25th May, 2018

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  • Time for a Long-term Rethink on Recycling

    Emergency measures in response to China’s ban on foreign waste, like stockpiling, landfilling or trying to find other international destinations for our recycling are not sustainable long-term solutions. We need a broad debate on a long-term rethink for an innovative, sustainable recycling sector – with all stakeholders coming together. Read The Conversation’s re-think suggestions here  

    25th May, 2018

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  • ACOR’s $150 Million Plan to Fix Recycling

    The Australian Council of Recycling (ACOR) has laid out a roadmap that starts with harmonising bins nationally ($28M), upgrading sorting centres ($33M), developing more factories to produce paper pulp and plastic pellets ($57M), using raw materials for infrastructure ($32M) and burning waste into energy. ACOR’s strategic vision on strategic focus areas and where upgrades are...

    30th April, 2018

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  • Greens $500 Million Industry Blueprint

    In the lead up to the Meeting of Environment Ministers (MEM), the Greens released an industry blueprint on waste recycling, designed to expand the Australian waste management system to replace the need to export recyclables. The Greens want to spend $500 million over five years on infrastructure and programs to improve recycling with a national...

    30th April, 2018

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