Container deposit schemes work: so why is industry still opposed?

Author: Peter Bragge
Date: 8th of June 2016
Australians are serial wasters. For every 1,000 square metres (or about four tennis courts), Australians litter about 49 pieces of rubbish. The biggest culprits are drink containers, making up five of the top nine recorded pieces of litter by volume. One way to reduce this litter is to refund peopl...

Melbourne wastes 200 kg of food per person a year: it’s time to get serious.

Author: Seona Candy, Jennifer Sheridan and Rachel Carey
Date: 6th of June 2016
You know that feeling when you open the fridge and are met with something “on the nose”. We all know what food waste looks and smells like. But food waste stinks in more ways than one. It is expensive, costing the average household over $2,200 a year, and it undermines the resilience and sustai...

New plastic-munching bacteria could fuel a recycling revolution

Author: Mark Lorch
Date: 21st of March 2016
We manufacture over 300m tonnes of plastics each year for use in everything from packaging to clothing. Their resilience is great when you want a product to last. But once discarded, plastics linger in the environment, littering streets, fields and oceans alike. Every corner of our planet has be...

Don’t chuck that old mobile phone, there’s gold in there.

Author: Glen Corder
Date: 24th of Feb 2016
In Australia there are many more mobile services in use than there are people. The majority of Australians upgrade or exchange their mobile phones every 18 to 24 months, while an increasing number have owned their mobile for more than two years. The upshot is that there is around 22.5 million ...

Eight million tonnes of plastic are going into the ocean each year

Author: Britta Denise Hardesty & Chris Wilcox
Date: 15 November, 2015
  You might have heard the oceans are full of plastic, but how full exactly? Around 8 million metric tonnes go into the oceans each year, according to the first rigorous global estimate published in Science today. That’s equivalent to 16 shopping bags full of plastic for every metre of ...

Melbourne University: “build it and they will recycle”

Author: Beroze Dubash
Date: 06 October, 2014
Melbourne University has broken new ground with the most comprehensive local study to date on facility level source separation. The ‘Build It and They Will Recycle’ study (available here), studied on campus source separations system with the aim of identifying best practise. The study used a c...

Great Pacific Garbage Patch puts fish on ‘plastic diet’

Author: ABC
Date: 17 June 2014
Researchers are about to head to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch to spend a month analysing the huge build-up of rubbish that's polluting the ocean. The patch, also known as the Pacific Trash Vortex, was discovered in 1988 by Captain Charles Moore of the Algalita Marine Research Institute in Califo...