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“Zero Waste is a goal that is both pragmatic and visionary, to guide people to emulate sustainable natural cycles, where all discarded materials are resources for others to use. Zero Waste means designing and managing products and processes to reduce the volume and toxicity of waste and materials, conserve and recover all resources, and not burn or bury them. Implementing Zero Waste will eliminate all discharges to land, water, or air that may be a threat to planetary, human, animal or plant health. ”
Definition of Zero Waste as adopted by the Zero Waste International Alliance
The National Toxics Network calls on the Australian Government to open up their Waste Export Ban policy for greater stakeholder and community engagement. The Prime Ministers decision to ban Australian waste exports comes with significant local, national and...read more
The Basel Ban Amendment, adopted by the Parties to the Basel Convention on the Control of the Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal in 1995, has finally today become international law. This amendment to the Basel Convention, now ratified by 98...read more
The Cleanaway Materials Recovery Facility in South Guildford, Western Australia – the largest in the southern hemisphere - has today caught fire and burnt through potentially 1 million tonnes of waste materials, including mixed plastic and cardboard wastes. The WA...read more
The Australian Public Health Association (APHA) has published a world first, full systemic review, of health impacts related to waste incineration technologies. The report finds that both workers and the public are adversely affected by waste incinerator...read more
A new major report from Europe warns that Nordic countries need to drop the waste to energy incineration industry in favour of recycling, zero waste policy and a circular economy agenda. The executive summary: "The clearest area of required change will be a...read more
The Prime Minister’s announcement and COAG support for a ban on waste exports should be cautiously welcomed and is long overdue following the embarrassing revelations of Australian illegal waste dumping in South East Asia. Read more here.read more
Projects and Information
The Next Generation NSW Pty Ltd have submitted to the NSW EPA for assessment a Mass Combustion MSW incinerator claimed to be the largest in the southern hemisphere. More than 70% of those who made submissions to the NSW EPA did not support the project. Strong community opposition existed, including local government health authorities who have warned that the project risks years of concerted environmental protection policy to reduce the impacts of air pollution in the urban centers.
The NSW parliamentary inquiry report in energy from waste technology recommended that Dial A Dump Industries’ The Next Generation EfW plant not be approved. Now, this sentiment has been echoed by the NSW Department of Planning.
International Zero Waste expert, Professor Paul Connett provides the blueprint for communities and decision makers around the world on how to establish sustainable zero waste city models and why this issue has never been important now than ever. With a foreword by Jeremy Irons, this book is a must read for all zero waste enthusiast as well as local, state and national governments charged with the management of our waste. https://www.chelseagreen.com/the-zero-waste-solution