Waste management

ALTERNATIVE LABELS
Waste management planning


Report

Capitalising on the lithium-ion waste resource challenge in South Australia

The electric vehicle (EV) revolution promises a future of low-emissions transportation and is essential if Australia is to meet its climate obligations. However, it is creating challenges too. This report explores how lithium-ion battery waste can be recycled and transformed into valuable commodities and argues...
Working paper

Monitoring trade in plastic waste and scrap

This report aims to identify and assess trends in trade patterns of plastic waste and scrap in the context of recent policy developments.
Report

Measuring the circular economy: an Australian perspective

This report highlights the need for Australia to implement a circular economy framework that will guide measurement for government at all levels. It also provides a baseline understanding of the current state of circular economy measurement in Australia and guidance on what is required to...
Discussion paper

Taking responsibility for our waste

Outlining options for both regulation of the waste sector and those working in it, and regulation of the products and materials currently disposed of through waste and recycling systems, this document presents the government's proposed vision and aspirations for a low-waste Aotearoa New Zealand.
Discussion paper

Sector state of play: resource recovery and waste

This paper seeks to document the state of play in the resource recovery and waste sector in New Zealand with a focus on the infrastructure used to manage New Zealand’s waste. This includes landfills, material recovery facilities and processing facilities.
Report

From rubbish to resources: building a circular economy

Australians generate 2.7 tonnes of waste - per person, per year. Approximately, 40% of this waste ends up in landfill. This report addresses this dilemma in some way, recommending that the rubbish we create must be effectively, efficiently and sustainably dealt with.
Report

Towards a waste free future

This report examines how technology can transform the waste and resource-recovery sector in Australia, and support the transition towards a thriving circular economy.
Report

Organic waste recovery strategy report

Swan Hill Rural City Council engaged Rawtec to assist in the development of an Organics Waste Recovery Strategy. Rawtec undertook desktop research and consulted a range of stakeholders within the Swan Hill region to better understand the current volumes of organic waste, how it is...
Report

Recommendations for standardisation of kerbside collections in Aotearoa

Domestic kerbside collections in Aotearoa New Zealand vary significantly across the country. Inconsistencies lead to confusion among the public, incentivise waste to landfill, and can increase contamination in recycling. This report discusses ways to standardise domestic kerbside collections to increase consistency, reduce confusion for householders...
Strategy

Plastic revolution to reality

This report recognises that the federal, state and territory governments have, or are in the process of, setting admirable goals to reduce plastic waste. This report aims to contribute to this process by providing recommendations on the most problematic plastics leaking into the environment to...
Report

End-of-life management of solar PV panels

This project provides insights into the current policy environment and practices, identifies barriers and challenges associated with managing solar PV waste, and provides a robust evidence base regarding the current and future solar waste trajectories in the Northern Territory.
Conference paper

Reducing handoffs between sequential trades: a simulation

Without proactive management from the general contractor, handoffs can result in the generation of waste, such as idle time between production activities, transport waste originating from an excessive number of mobilizations and demobilizations, and errors and omissions from miscommunication between trades. This paper discusses the...
Conference paper

Chain of wastes: the moderating role of making-do

This study presents an application of the Functional Resonance Analysis Method (FRAM) for the modelling of a chain of wastes.
Report

Putting waste to work: developing a role for energy from waste

Australian governments have a major opportunity to avoid a looming waste crisis and embrace energy recovery as a way of managing our waste and creating baseload power in the process. This report outlines a series of key recommendations required to support the roll out of...
Policy

Compliance and enforcement: draft policy

This draft policy covers the Victorian EPA’s compliance and enforcement approaches for supporting and directing compliance as well as the EPA’s principles and criteria for decision-making, including the consideration of risk, and behaviour and motivations for compliance.
Journal article

Fostering process innovations in construction through industry–university consortium

This study aims to describe the development of an industry–university (IU) relationship which has enabled the conduct of practically and scientifically relevant research. Using empirical data, this study describes how to create a win-win IU innovation relationship that enables the implementation of process innovations into...
Briefing paper

Towards sustainable packaging materials

This briefing from the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership provides recommendations for businesses and government to help address the issue of eliminating plastic waste. The publication examines how companies from natural water and soft drinks sector can adopt a considered approach in their future packaging...
Discussion paper

Cleaning up our act: the future for waste and resource recovery in NSW - issues paper

The NSW government is developing the 20-year waste strategy, which will set the future direction of the state’s waste and resource recovery system. This issues paper identifies the challenges the waste system faces and proposes a vision for the future NSW circular economy.
Report

Advice on recycling and resource recovery infrastructure – April 2020

Victorians are passionate about recycling but some have lost confidence in the system, with around a quarter of people we polled thinking the contents of their recycling bins ends up in landfill. This report identifies Victoria’s specific infrastructure needs in the waste management sector.
Discussion paper

Cleaning up our act: redirecting the future of plastic in NSW - discussion paper

This discussion paper lays the ground work for making NSW a national and global leader in the management of plastics. It sets targets to reduce the amount of plastic generated, increase recycling rates, reduce plastic pollution and make NSW a global leader in plastic research...