Councils call for central rubbish tsar

By Julian Bajkowski Councils in Western Australia have called on the state government create a new statutory garbo-in-chief to deal with ballooning amounts of waste being created as a byproduct of Perth’s population as the city tries to stay on track to meet tough targets for recycling and the diversion of waste from landfill. The […]

Carbon tax calculated for councils

By Paul Hemsley The federal government will assist local councils to calculate their emissions and costs associated with the price of waste disposal. Council landfills that produce more than 25000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions per annum will be liable, where Carbon Price Mechanism (CPM) costs will need to be factored. The Australian Local […]

ACT first to divert TVs from landfill

The ACT Government is set to become the first jurisdiction in Australia to ban televisions from landfill, Chief Minister Jon Stanhope has announced. From April 27, televisions will be banned from landfill and recycled for a fee, ranging from $15 to $40, at the Mitchell and Mugga Lane resource management centres. The ban is expected divert 200 tonnes of […]

Regional Victoria moves towards zero waste

By Angela Dorizas Communities in regional Victoria will move towards zero waste through a $2.1 million State Government program. Announced by Environment and Climate Change Minister Gavin Jennings yesterday, the Regional Towards Zero Waste Support Program forms part of the State Government’s broader strategy to minimise waste to landfill. Mr Jennings said the program will […]

Local government slams landfill levy increase

By Angela Dorizas The West Australian Government’s decision to increase landfill levies will lead to illegal dumping of waste in parks and reserves, the WA Local Government Association (WALGA) has warned. The 300 per cent increase in landfill levy charge, announced in the State Budget, will force metropolitan councils to increase rates by $26 per household. […]

Council partnership converts waste to energy

Parramatta City, Holroyd and Bankstown councils in NSW have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for a regional tender to turn household waste into energy. The alternative waste technology will convert methane, the gas produced by decomposing waste and a significant contributor to greenhouse gases, into green energy and feed it back into the electricity grid. The […]


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