Landfill

Tipping point: incentives help win war on landfill

Julie Power It smells earthy at the Armidale dump, a mountain of rubbish built bag by bag over 50 years by the city's 25,000 residents.

Plastic out, biodegradable bags in to reduce landfill

Aaron Cook THE state government plans to introduce biodegradable bags to supermarket checkouts and open more waste collection centres to reduce landfill.

Flood of rubbish rushed into landfill

Garbage

Phil Lutton Thousands of tonnes of rubbish is being carted away from the suburbs - but where will it all go?

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$35 waste tax to keep old TVs out of landfill

Television

Ben Cubby, Environment Reporter Australians face a new tax on electronic goods next year - in return for guarantees the electronic waste will not be dumped in landfill or shipped overseas.

Plan to keep old TVs out of landfill in digital era

Ben Cubby, Environment Reporter As the switch is made to digital television, recyclers are expecting a glut of analog TVs to swell the nation's already-bulging stockpiles of e-waste.

EPA uses tracking devices, fines to curb waste haulers

Peter Hannam Tracking devices, transport restrictions and hefty fines are to be the weapons of choice of the NSW government in its bid to stop contractors exporting hundreds of thousands of tonnes of waste to...

Team unveils zero-waste home - well, almost

house

Harvey Grennan Building an average new house generates about nine tonnes of waste. Across Australia one authority estimates 250,000 cubic metres of building waste are sent to landfill each year while another...

Tony Abbott's climate change policy problematic

Emissions

Tom Arup, Peter Hannam When Australia's new senators take their place in July they are likely to deliver Prime Minister Tony Abbott what he has promised for four years - the scrapping of the carbon tax.

Homes near Orica plant to be tested for mercury

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Toxic Park: 050713: Sun Herald News / Features: July 5th 2013: Image shows children playing in a park adjacent to Grace Campbell Circuit in the Sydney suburb of Hillsdale, and a stones throw from the major industrial and chemical facility of Orica. (formerly ICI). Soils in the park have been found to be very high in contaminants. Pic by James Alcock.

Natalie O'Brien One hundred and fifty homes, schools and parks surrounding chemical company Orica's former chloralkali plant at Botany will be tested for mercury, after an independent review found about half of the...

Leaking toxic sludge report kept quiet by chemical giant

Orica

Natalie O'Brien Chemical giant Orica has tried to keep secret a potentially damaging report into whether the dangerous metal mercury might have been leaking off site from its former chlor-alkali plant, which...

Could this mean the end of the line for the plastic water bottle?

Water

David Sygall It's a battle over billions, but both sides agree plastic bottle sales are falling, writes David Sygall.

Manmade lakes to hold water from coal seam gas wells

Ben Cubby Artificial lakes will hold millions of litres of contaminated water in the Pilliga district, in north-western NSW.

Disposable is a throaway term past its use-by date

Bag

Catherine Armitage Since the 1940s ''disposable'' has been used to describe something meant to be discarded after use.

We pay 2000 times more for bottled water: Choice

Water

Australians are paying nearly 2000 times more for what is "basically tap water" than they would if they went straight to the source, the nation's consumer watchdog says.

'Economics don't stack up': Green Square energy plan collapses

Green

Ben Cubby A deal to provide low-emissions "green energy" for Sydney's massive new Green Square development has collapsed, in a setback for Lord Mayor Clover Moore's plan to take the city off the coal-fired...

Pool harbours last croaks of precious frogs

Julie Power Elaine Davies is a reluctant and unusual eco warrior. But to the City of Sydney she is the very model of a modern eco hero.

Tony Abbott will doom future generations if he ditches carbon tax

David Suzuki

David Suzuki Politicians around the world continue to retreat from the battle to protect the environment.

Sex toys a no go for Canberra recycling, but sphygmomanometer OK

Georgina Connery Can I dump my old sex toys in the recycling bin? What about my credit cards or my sphygmomanometer?

Whale of a dirty job for humpback disposal team

Dead whale washed up on Newport beach

Ben Cubby TOWING the massive whale carcass on Newport Beach out for a sea burial would be a difficult and dangerous task, but still far more pleasant than the ''horrible'' alternative.

Green groups hold their bottle on deposit scheme

Sjirk Bangma, of the Lane Cove Sustainability Action Group, rallys at the the National Container Deposits Campaign.


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Toppy Chanthavong You could soon get 10c a pop for every aluminium can and plastic or glass bottle you recycle - if state and national environmental groups get their way.

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