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State hoards $500 million for recycling as waste management crisis escalates

State hoards $500 million for recycling as waste management crisis escalates

Despite Victoria's waste management crisis, more than half a billion dollars for recycling is sitting unused.

  • by Benjamin Preiss

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Locations of Brisbane's container-refund depots revealed
South-east Queensland

Locations of Brisbane's container-refund depots revealed

Queensland’s delayed Container Refund Scheme is progressing with plans lodged for Brisbane's refund depot sites where containers can be deposited for 10c each.

  • by Ruth McCosker
Washable toilet paper? Perth's Earth Girl embraces zero waste
City life

Washable toilet paper? Perth's Earth Girl embraces zero waste

She may not be the super-hero we deserve, but Kayla Hooper, AKA Earth Girl, is the one our planet needs.

  • by Kate Hedley
How one woman reduced her waste to a jar a week

How one woman reduced her waste to a jar a week

Tippi Thole is often asked whether she is recycling more than before going Zero Waste. She writes that she's actually recycling "a LOT less".

  • by Victoria Adams Fogg
Starbucks will stop handing out plastic straws by 2020
Retail

Starbucks will stop handing out plastic straws by 2020

The coffee giant hands out 1 billion straws a year.

ACT should find better solutions for burnable trash, expert says
ACT government

ACT should find better solutions for burnable trash, expert says

An academic from the University of New South Wales says the ACT government should prioritise new technologies over other waste recovery plans.

  • by Steven Trask
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Coles backs down on giving out reusable bags for free
Retail

Coles backs down on giving out reusable bags for free

Coles joins competitor Woolworths after irate customers complained. The bags will be provided until Sunday.

  • by Melissa Cunningham
Poll backs call to bring back cash for cans to end recycling crisis

Poll backs call to bring back cash for cans to end recycling crisis

A poll of more than 500 Victorians has found strong support for a return to a container deposit scheme to help fix the state’s recycling crisis.

  • by Adam Carey & Benjamin Preiss
ACT NoWaste demolishes Capital Recycling plant proposal
Canberra

ACT NoWaste demolishes Capital Recycling plant proposal

The ACT government's waste division believes "no significant opportunity will be missed in the event the proposal is not approved".

  • by Katie Burgess
State's troubled recycling system receives $37 million rescue package
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State's troubled recycling system receives $37 million rescue package

Victoria’s recycling system will get a $37 million lifeline, reducing the amount of material that goes to landfill and recycling more waste into products.

  • by Adam Carey
'Bringing reusable bags has been a challenge': Woolworths backflip on plastic bags
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'Bringing reusable bags has been a challenge': Woolworths backflip on plastic bags

Woolworths has capitulated on its plastic bag ban after irate customers refused to pay for plastic bags at the checkout. 

  • by Melissa Cunningham