The ‘recycling crisis’ may be here to stay – Australia

February 20th, 2019 by

Over the weekend, Victoria’s Environment Protection Authority issued notices for a major recycling company to stop receiving waste at two of its sites. While the full consequences of these notices are yet to be realised, in the short term this means at least one council will have to dump kerbside recycling in landfill. However, the […]

Breaking down bioplastics myths, realities

February 8th, 2019 by

Source Article Ask any 10 people what bioplastics are, and the odds are that nine will get it wrong. In the past, misunderstandings and misconceptions about bioplastics have tended to color the perception of these materials in the market, and these prejudices are still evident even today. Feedstock, supply and processability concerns, coupled with a […]

Here’s what happens to our plastic recycling when it goes offshore – Australia

January 31st, 2019 by

Source:  The Conversation Last year many Australians were surprised to learn that around half of our plastic waste collected for recycling is exported, and up to 70% was going to China. So much of the world’s plastic was being sent to China that China imposed strict conditions on further imports. The decision sent ripples around […]

Why BioGone does not use compostable materials

January 25th, 2019 by

Source After finishing off your morning coffee, you stop by the trash and recycling bins to dispose of your plastic cup. That’s when you see the words “compostable plastic” printed on the side of the cup. Standing there, you can’t help but wonder, “Which bin do I drop this in?” Unfortunately, the answer isn’t so simple. […]

NZ’s role in the Malaysian plastics dumping ground – New Zealand

October 5th, 2018 by

Our plastic is becoming Malaysia’s problem – Nita Blake-Persen investigates what really happens to the waste we’re shipping overseas to be recycled. Source: NZ’s role in the Malaysian plastics dumping ground | RNZ As night falls in Malaysia, plumes of toxic smoke begin to waft across the across the town of Jenjarom. Nearby residents wake to the smell […]

NZ’s role in the Malaysian plastics dumping ground | RNZ

October 5th, 2018 by

Our plastic is becoming Malaysia’s problem – Nita Blake-Persen investigates what really happens to the waste we’re shipping overseas to be recycled. Source: NZ’s role in the Malaysian plastics dumping ground | RNZ

Meet the researchers designing the death of plastic – USA

August 12th, 2018 by

Source: Meet the researchers designing the death of plastic While still very much in the laboratory stage, even these scientists acknowledge that there are two big stumbling blocks here. What is the plastic going to break down to when it degrades so fast?  Do we want all these degradation materials blowing and flowing around the […]

Not all “biodegradable” plastics are created equal – know what the labels mean

July 3rd, 2018 by

Not all “biodegradable” plastics are created equal – know what the labels mean By Dr Ross Headifen, supporter and educator in issues concerning the proliferation of plastic waste and how to reduce it. When 5 billion shopping bags are used in Australia each year with only 3% being recycled and 75% going to landfill, the […]