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Making Road from Waste Plastic

Posted by Peter, on May 30, 2018

An Australian company has developed a type of asphalt for making roads using waste products including plastic bags, toner cartridges and glass bottles.  Continue reading »

Aussie Developed Polymer Removes Oil from Seawater

Posted by Peter, on May 16, 2018

Researchers led by Flinders University have developed a polymer, made from waste products, which can remove crude oil and diesel from sea water.  Continue reading »

Aussie Scientists Recycle Iron from Used Toner Cartridges

Posted by Peter, on November 16, 2017

Researchers at the University of New South Wales have developed a process for retrieving iron from discarded used toner cartridges.  Continue reading »

Producing Cowra’s Electricty and Heat from Farm Waste

Posted by Peter, on April 24, 2017

A bioenergy project at Cowra, which takes the waste streams from the town and a group of farms and turn them into electricity and heat for local residents while making fertiliser from the residue, could be the first of its kind in Australia.  Continue reading »

Proposed Plastic-to-Diesel Plant for ACT

Posted by Peter, on January 12, 2017

The ACT Government is convening a panel of experts to assess the impact of a proposed first-of-its-kind facility that would turn plastic into petrol and diesel. The plant has been proposed by FOY Group for an industrial site at Hume in Canberra’s south.  Continue reading »

Aussie Surfers Invention Could Help Clean Oceans

Posted by Peter, on January 26, 2016

West Australian surfers, Andrew Turton and Pete Ceglinski, have developed a unique ocean-cleaning technology, called “Seabin”, which has raised more than $300,000 in two months during a crowdfunding campaign.  Continue reading »

Plastics-to-Fuels Plant for NSW Central Coast

Posted by Peter, on May 20, 2015

Foyson Resources Ltd is establishing of a $4 million facility at Berkeley Vale on the New South Wales Central Coast which will eventually convert 200 tonnes of waste plastics a day into diesel and petrol. The company says that the 200 tonnes of plastic will produce less than a tonne of waste material, which is […]  Continue reading »

WA Company Develops Green Waste Solution

Posted by Peter, on February 19, 2013

A Western Australian company, AnaeCo Ltd, has developed a technology which it says is capable of reducing organic household waste destined for landfills by 90%. AnaeCo's "DiCOM™" technology combines two processes to break down common organic household waste – one which uses bacteria requiring oxygen, and one which uses bacteria that can‟t function if oxygen […]  Continue reading »

Plastic Gyres in Oceans Will Grow for 500 Years

Posted by Peter, on January 22, 2013

A team of researchers, led by  Dr Erik Van Sebelle, at the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science say that it will take at least 500 years to stop the growth of five swirling masses of plastic waste in the world's oceans even if we could immediately stop any more plastic […]  Continue reading »

Happy Carbon Day!

Posted by Peter, on July 1, 2012

To mark the introduction of a price on carbon in Australia, and as a reminder of what it's for, we're cross-posting a 2010 video clip from our sister site, GreenBiz Cafe.  Continue reading »

Desalination Using Waste Heat

Posted by Peter, on April 23, 2012

Scientists at Victoria University have shown the viability of a new desalination technology that uses almost no electricity and has the potential to save huge amounts of water. The membrane distillation technology uses waste heat to evaporate waste water through a fine membrane. The evaporated water condenses on the other side of the membrane as […]  Continue reading »

Qantas to Trial Fuel from Waste

Posted by Peter, on January 4, 2011

Qantas has confirmed that it is undertaking a feasibility study into the production of aviation fuel from waste, including food scaps, tree cuttings and packaging. The company expects to complete the feasibility study within a year after which it will be trialled in aircraft. Air New Zealand has already trialled the use of a blend […]  Continue reading »

Government Energy Efficiency Report Released

Posted by Peter, on October 9, 2010

The Prime Minister’s Task Group on Energy Efficiency, commissioned by former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, has been released. The report says that energy efficiency is an untapped resource for cutting greenhouse gas emissions and tha Australia should aim for a 30 per cent reduction in energy intensity by 2020. The report says that Australia has […]  Continue reading »

Ink Cartridge Bike Path

Posted by Peter, on May 27, 2010

Cyclists traveling to one of Central Australia’s popular tourist spots will now be pedaling on a path made from recycled printer cartridges. The Northern Territory Government has spent $130,000 upgrading the Simpsons Gap bike path.      Continue reading »

CSIRO Launches Energy Saving Book

Posted by Peter, on September 12, 2009

CSIRO scientists have launched an energy-saving handbook in which they say that householders can reduce their home and car energy use by as much as 50 per cent by making changes to daily activities. The CSIRO Home Energy Saving Handbook is a practical guide to saving energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions around the home. […]  Continue reading »

Delhi Serious about Banning Plastic Bags – Was Peter Garrett?

Posted by Peter, on February 27, 2009

Officials in Delhi have increased the penalty for the use, storage or sale of plastic bags to a maximum of five years jail. The measure was introduced after a law banning all but the thinnest plastic bags was virtually ignored. Under the new law, shopkeepers or customers using plastic bags can be fined 100,000 rupees […]  Continue reading »

CSIRO Develops Greywater Testing Method

Posted by Peter, on January 18, 2009

The CSIRO’s Water for a Healthy Country Flagship and the Smart Water Fund have announced that they have developed a practical, robust, sustainable method for testing whether greywater treatment technologies meet Australian standards. Currently, there is no standard national testing method; states and territories each have their own legislation for greywater collection, treatment and use. […]  Continue reading »

First Aussie e-Waste Plant Opens

Posted by Peter, on November 20, 2008

Environment Minister, Peter Garrett, has opened Australia’s first automated e-waste recycling plant at Villawood, Sydney. Australians produce and estimated 140,000 tonnes of e-waste, including computers, TVs and mobile phones, each year. The new plant is capable of recycling 20,000 tonnes of that waste per annum. Currently Australians recycle only about 4% of their e-waste compared […]  Continue reading »

First Australian Carbon Storage Facilty Launched

Posted by Peter, on April 2, 2008

The first large-scale underground carbon storage facility in the Southern Hemisphere is being launched today by the Federal resources and Energy Minister, Martin Ferguson. The project, near Warnambool in Southern Victoria will capture and compress 100,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide into liquid form and inject it two kilometres underground in a depleted natural gas reservoir. […]  Continue reading »

Drink with a Clear Conscience

Posted by Peter, on March 6, 2008

Fosters Tasmanian brewery, Cascade, has launched “Cascade Green” – a 100% carbon offset beer. Cascade claims that all aspects of the production and consumption of the beer are being offset. The beer is supplied in the lightest weight, highest recycled content glass bottles available in Australia; the carton is made from 100% recycled cardboard and […]  Continue reading »

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