News Category: Industry News

ASEA Research – Illegal dumping and improper disposal of asbestos: Local government interventions survey

The Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency (ASEA) have commissioned Heartward Strategic to gather evidence to support councils to develop successful asbestos interventions more easily. The aim of this research is to learn from councils by collecting and analysing information about strategies, programs, initiatives and campaigns, to uncover best practice examples, share information and lessons learned, …

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New discovery: Light, oxygen turn waste plastics into useful benzoic acid

Chemists have discovered a way to use light and oxygen to upcycle polystyrene into Benzoic acid, a product usually stocked in chemistry labs, and used in food preservatives, fragrances, and other common products. Common products such as Styrofoam egg cartons, hard plastic compact disc cases, red drinking cups etc. are composed of polystyrene, which makes …

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Central Coast Council Loses Legal Battle Over Mega Landfill, But Environmentalists Say It’s Far From Over

The Mangrove Mountain Landfill as locals know it, a Waste disposal facility is now a cause for concern to the locals as they are worried the development may impact the local water supply that feeds the entire region. In 2014, the Land Environment Court gave the landfill operator, Verde Tera, the approval to dump waste …

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A bill to close the asbestos-riddled city of Wittenoom has been passed the WA parliament

The Western Australian government says a dark chapter in the history of WA will come to an end, with the passing of a bill in State Parliament that will see the permanent closure of the former asbestos mining town of Wittenoom. The long-awaited Bill will now allow the state government to acquire and demolish all …

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New PET (polyethylene terephthalate) recycling plant to open in Albury

Australia is opening the nation’s largest PET (polyethylene terephthalate) in Albury, which will be capable of processing one billion plastic bottles each year. Sussan Ley, Minister for the Environment said the plant will ensure end to end recycling by using materials that were sourced and remanufactured in Australia, as up to 28,000 tons of PET …

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Newly approved methods now available for water, air, and soil monitoring in NSW

New approved methods for sampling, measurement and analysis of air, soil and water are now available for EPA licensees, laboratories, consultants, technical and professional associations in New South Wales. Moss Environmental CEO, Shonelle was please to read over the new methods, saying: ‘It was high time that a review took place. Here at Moss Environmental …

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Return and Earn hits huge milestone as it has recorded 7billion containers returned

New South Wales residents have earned over $700 million through the return and earn scheme as the state reaches the seven billion drink container mark. Environment Minister James Griffin said the scheme has become a part of life for NSW residents as 78% of the adults have participated with two-thirds of the participants doing so …

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