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Trident Plastics found guilty of deceptive conduct in Federal Court wheelie bin case

Leading Australian wheelie bin manufacturer Mastec is seeking unspecified damages against Trident Plastics, following the recent Federal Court ruling which found Trident guilty of misleading and deceptive conduct. The Federal Court action, which was launched by Mastec in 2016, was centred around Trident’s unlawful use of confidential drawings owned by Mastec to produce its own [...]

Stantec to deliver concept design for raising Warragamba Dam west of Sydney

Stantec, a global engineering, consulting and construction firm, along with joint venture partner GHD has been awarded a $14.5 million design services contract by WaterNSW for the Warragamba Dam Raise west of Sydney in New South Wales, Australia. The Warragamba Dam Raising Concept Design will look to increase the height of the existing dam, allowing [...]

The problem with plastic water bottles just appeared to get a lot worse

New research by Washington-based Orb Media, a non-profit journalism organization, has indicated that a single litre of bottled water can contain thousands of micro-plastic particles. Exclusive tests by Orb Media on more than 250 bottles from 11 leading brands worldwide reveal widespread contamination with plastic debris including polypropylene, nylon, and polyethylene terephthalate (PET), according to [...]

VWMA calls for improved community engagement on bin auditing

Victorian households and businesses generate over 11 million tonnes of waste each year with about 70% of that diverted away from landfill (approximately 7.7 million tonnes). The success of diversion away from landfill, and what can ultimately be recycled, is largely dependent on how we decide to generate and dispose of waste. Bin audits are [...]

ARENA to provide $25 million to jointly fund Victoria’s first large-scale, grid-connected batteries

The Australian Government through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has announced it will match the $25 million by the Victorian Government to jointly fund Victoria’s first two large-scale, grid-connected batteries as part of the Victorian energy storage initiative. The $50 million in funding will see the rollout of two battery projects which will [...]

Revolutionary new filter can improve drinking water quality

UNSW scientists have developed a world-first, graphene-based, laboratory-scale filter that can remove more than 99% of the ubiquitous natural organic matter left behind during conventional treatment of drinking water. In a research collaboration with Sydney Water, the team has demonstrated the success of the approach in laboratory tests on filtered water from the Nepean Water [...]

Search is on for big ideas in global waste management

An Australian business accelerator is on the hunt for solutions to the growing global waste problem that can be quickly brought to market. Announced during the United Nations Regional 3R Forum in Adelaide, South Australia, one of Australia's leading commercialisation groups,  Innovyz, is looking for ideas, inventions and products that can be quickly developed into [...]

National voice for the waste and recycling industry

Five of the largest companies in the Australian waste management and recycling sector have agreed to establish the National Waste & Recycling Industry Council (NWRIC). The NWRIC will embrace the views of companies with direct investments in the waste management, recycling and resource recovery industry. Waste management is an essential service and the sector contributes [...]

Broome solar trial a first for Water Corporation

A 12-month trial is underway using hybrid solar-diesel power to deliver drinking water from a borefield to Broome in Western Australia’s Kimberley region. WA State Water Minister, Mia Davies, said the trial was a Western Australian-first and, if successful, the innovative system could lead to more water around the state being delivered using clean solar [...]

Policies that support energy from waste

New South Wales, Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory have the most supportive policies for deploying energy from waste and bioenergy projects, according to the Clean Energy Finance Corporation. The corporation’s Bioenergy Sector lead, Henry Anning, said CEFC research had identified the states as having policy settings and levies that created [...]