Recycling

Recycling issue brewing in George Clooney's Nespresso campaign

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Neil McMahon In marketing terms it's a match made in moneymaking heaven - but George Clooney, king of cool turned emperor of the coffee-pod people, may be serving up a less-than-perfect brew as a caffeine...

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?

US water stresses lift recycling support: survey

Drought

The majority of Americans polled support re-using water to help protect the environment and stem scarcity issues forecast for 36 US states next year, according to a General Electric consumer survey.

Greenpeace, Coke's 'recycling war' spills into Google

A crushed Coke can.

Peter Hannam The 'recycling wars' between Coca-Cola and Greenpeace have spilt into cyberspace, with the beverage giant snagging the top advertising slot for searches of the environmental group's name.

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Recycling goods 'put in with rest'

Louise Hall STATE POLITICS A COMPANY controversially awarded the contract to collect rubbish in the City of Sydney has been accused of contaminating material put out for recycling by putting it in the same truck as general...

Secret plan for recycling levy on bottles, cans

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Ben Cubby, Environment Reporter The price of a can of Coca-Cola could rise by 15 cents and a case of beer by $4 under changes to recycling laws recommended in a secret report.

Wastewater to get a second life under city recycling plan

Aaron Cook Turn on a tap for a drink, water a garden, or flush a toilet in inner Sydney and the water you use is probably all of the same quality.

Canny recycling scheme offers $168m saving

Ben Cubby and Melissa Singer A national recycling scheme for cans and bottles would save the NSW public $168 million a year, according to an independent study using data from a secret federal government report.

Microchips, recycling ramped up to cut waste

MATTHEW BENNS LOCAL councils are microchipping bins, reducing bin sizes, putting up fees and cutting collections in a bid to get households to dramatically reduce waste.

Team unveils zero-waste home - well, almost

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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...

Fears Cliefden Caves will be destroyed by Needles Gap dam near Canowindra

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Nicole Hasham It took millions of years for water, seeping at an infinitesimal pace, to fashion the limestone pillars and mazes of the ancient Cliefden Caves.

US 'War on Coal' to learn from 1990's 'War on Tobacco'

President Barack Obama's use of the Environmental Protection Agency to force cuts in power plant emissions has echoes of a major battle two years ago against tobacco.

Wild weather rocks Sydney: One dead, two hit by lightning

Floods

Alexandra Back, Emma Partridge, Peter Hannam Wild weather rocked Sydney on Monday and left one man drowned, two struck by lightning and at least six people trapped in their cars on flooded streets.

Tyre crackdown finds widespread ignorance of waste-handling laws

Tyres

Peter Hannam A crackdown on NSW tyre retailers found half the outlets inspected were unaware of their responsibility to ensure used tyres were handled by legal operators.

Retailers unaware of responsibilities for toxic tyres

Peter Hannam A crackdown on NSW tyre retailers found half of those inspected were unaware of their responsibility to ensure used tyres were handled by legal operators.

Coke uses green group to fight cash for cans

Peter McLean

Sarah Whyte Keep Australia Beautiful, one of Australia's most trusted environment groups, is lobbying governments to oppose a bottle and can recycling scheme, while being funded by Coca-Cola.

Green group split on cash for cans

Sarah Whyte A split has emerged at Keep Australia Beautiful on whether to support the cash-for-cans recycling proposal, despite its national organisation lobbying against it with Coca-Cola.

Drinking recycled effluent 'inevitable' in smarter Australia

Drinking from the toilet.

Jason Dowling It is inevitable that Australians will be drinking recycled effluent in coming decades, the lead author of a scientific report launched on Wednesday says.

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Oil slick danger from tyres in fire

Fire

Peter Hannam An official crackdown has begun on the illegal storage and disposal of tyres in NSW - about a week too late to prevent a huge toxic fire and oil slick in Sydney's south-west.

NSW to lead crackdown on illegal tyre dumping

Tyres

Peter Hannam NSW will lead a crackdown on illegal tyre dumping, as a tyre dump site in Sydney's west - part-owned by business identity Ron Medich - was slapped with a clean-up order.