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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 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Lessons from London

Posted by Peter, on July 23, 2008

In Sydney last night, Allan Jones, Chief Development Officer of the London Climate Change Agency, described some of the initiatives which have made London a leader in reducing carbon emissions and dependence on coal and nuclear power stations. The key to the strategy is the use of cogeneration and trigeneration power plants. These are small […]  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 »

Aussie Researchers Produce Crude Oil from Waste

Posted by Peter, on February 5, 2008

The CSIRO and Monash University have developed a chemical process that converts cheap, green waste into stable crude oil. “We’ve been able to create a concentrated bio-crude which is much more stable than that achieved elsewhere in the world”, said Dr Steven Loffler of CSIRO Forest Biosciences. The process makes it practical to produce the […]  Continue reading »

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