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Old plastic bags given new lease on life as fence posts

Old plastic bags given new lease on life as fence posts

Future Post was founded this year by farmer Jerome Wenzlick who got the idea while struggling to build a fence on an old rubbish dump site.

  • by Amber-Leigh Woolf

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1.5 million containers collected in first weekend of Queensland recycling scheme
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1.5 million containers collected in first weekend of Queensland recycling scheme

"It’s really easy to use. I think the young generations are demanding it and it makes a lot of sense." Recycling for 10 cents a container gets the thumbs-up in Queensland.

  • by Tony Moore
Prince Charles: I was ignored when I warned of plastic risk
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Prince Charles: I was ignored when I warned of plastic risk

The Prince of Wales said he warned about the dangers of plastic 40 years ago but was dismissed as "out of touch" and "anti-science".

  • by Sarah Knapton
Push to ban straws, water bottles and balloons across Queensland councils
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Push to ban straws, water bottles and balloons across Queensland councils

Plastics could be not so fantastic at council events across Queensland, as a move could see the end of plastic drinking straws.

  • by Felicity Caldwell
'I'm not going to stop': schoolgirl conservationist inspires passionate debate
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'I'm not going to stop': schoolgirl conservationist inspires passionate debate

Fresh from snagging a Young Conservationist of the Year award from Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, student Sophia Skarparis has a message for politicians who hold out against banning single-use plastic bags.

  • by Peter Hannam
European MPs move to ban throw-away plastics
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European MPs move to ban throw-away plastics

The EU has moved to ban widely-used, throw-away plastics such as straws and cotton buds, and put a greater burden on manufacturers.

  • by Alissa de Carbonnel
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Microplastics have been found in humans for the first time. It's a worry
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Microplastics have been found in humans for the first time. It's a worry

Although previous studies have calculated that people could ingest tiny pieces of plastic every year, it has never been proven until now.

  • by Sarah Knapton
WA environment minister talks tough on plastic ban, then votes it down
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WA environment minister talks tough on plastic ban, then votes it down

Environment Minister Stephen Dawson has voted in Parliament against a ban on plastic bags in the fruit and vegetable sections of shops and supermarkets.

  • by Nathan Hondros & Emma Young
When the streets and beaches heaved with litter, Ian Kiernan led the clean-up
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When the streets and beaches heaved with litter, Ian Kiernan led the clean-up

Kiernan used the brute force of his personality - humour, showmanship, larrikinism and eccentricity - to create the largest community-based environmental event in Australia.

  • by Harriet Alexander
Ian Kiernan, Clean Up Australia founder, dies aged 78
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Ian Kiernan, Clean Up Australia founder, dies aged 78

Ian Kiernan, the round-the-world sailor who founded the Clean Up Australia organisation, was diagnosed with cancer in July.

This Californian couple is tackling Australia's plastic waste problem
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This Californian couple is tackling Australia's plastic waste problem

Australians use more than 9.7 billion single-use plastic bags each year. A US couple's innovation could help slash that number.

  • by Blake Foden