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Latest Stories

Coffee Go-Ground

Date: 21-Apr-16
Author: Rebecca Gredley
Do you start your day unable to mutter much aside from the word 'coffee'? Australians drink 6 billion cups of coffee a year, so to coincide with a new report about how to deal with coffee ground waste we've put together some times on ways to make your daily hit (or hits) more sustainable.

Working Together To Reduce Food Waste

Date: 20-Apr-16
Author: Ryan Collins
A waste assessment by the NSW EPA's Bin Trim program gave the Rhodes Waterside Shopping Centre a picture of what waste the tenants were generating and what opportunities there were to reduce waste. With centre management, retailers, the council and NSW EPA working together, a massive 25 tonnes of food waste per month is being diverted from landfill.

Fashionable Questions - Who Made Your Clothes and Where Do They End Up?

Date: 18-Apr-16
Author: Rebecca Gredley
Fashion Revolution Week, April 18-24, is a global movement that starts with the question "Who made my clothes?"

Reducing Waste and Costs for Business Happiness

Date: 18-Apr-16
Author: Ryan Collins
The NSW EPA's free Bin Trim program helped The Friendly Grocery in Waitara to reduce its waste costs by one-third, saving the business over $2,000 a year. Check out how it became a greener grocer.

Compacting Waste Costs By 50%

Date: 15-Apr-16
Author: Ryan Collins
Modern Tiles Erina struggled to get all of their waste into a skip bin each week. But a free visit from a NSW EPA Bin Trim Assessor helped them introduce an onsite compactor that has reduced their overall waste costs by 50%. Check out why it's the "modern" thing to do.

What Happens To Your Cartridges?

Date: 14-Apr-16
Author: Ryan Collins
Our collection partner Officeworks have created a new video that shows you what happens to your printer cartridges after you drop them off for recycling. Take a short trip around the circular economy...

Which Planet Ark Ambassador is Flooring 'Em?

Date: 13-Apr-16
Author: Rebecca Gredley
Since early 2015 James Treble, the talented interior designer on Channel Ten's The Living Room, has exuberantly acted as an ambassador for Planet Ark. He's emceed events for our Make it Wood campaign and voiced radio ads for our BusinessRecycling and 12 DOs of Christmas campaigns. This week he launched The James Treble Collection of rugs, ottomans and cushions that focus on style that is sustainable and ethical.

Maleny Wood Expo 20th Anniversary

Date: 11-Apr-16
Author: David Rowlinson
Maleny Wood Expo is designed to promote sustainable use of our beautiful native timbers through the work of local and regional wood artisans. The Expo is now recognised as one of the best wood shows in Australia. Join them for three days of clean country family fun at the beautiful Maleny Showgrounds. The expo is hosted by Barung Landcare, a not-for-profit community group. Any surplus from the event goes towards keeping the Barung Landcare office open for the wider community, on-ground environmental projects, and landholder environment education - all of which results in restoring and enhancing the natural environment of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.

Read our 2015 Annual Review

Date: 08-Apr-16
Author: Freya Paterson
Read our online 2015 Annual Review

Does Timber High-Rise Equal High Risk?

Date: 01-Apr-16
Author: David Rowlinson
Much of our building code has evolved from the Great Fire of London. The fire that wiped out 80 per cent of the city in 1666 led to the London Building Act of 1667 - the first that enabled surveyors to enforce its regulations. It laid down that all houses were to be built in brick or stone, with the number of storeys and width of walls carefully specified. Three-hundred-and-fifty years later, we still see construction above three storeys as risky business. But is it? Tony Arnel, global director of sustainability at Norman Disney & Young, says it's time for a change.

What's the Deal With Business Waste?

Date: 30-Mar-16
Author: Ryan Collins
What motivates businesses to increase their recycling? What are the barriers to better management? What do they see are the benefits? Our new report, titled 'What's The Deal With Business Waste?' answers these questions and examines the attitudes and beliefs of small to medium businesses and the actions they can take.

Four Eyes For Recycling

Date: 23-Mar-16
Author: Rebecca Gredley
You might see clearly with your frames on, but it's not always clear if glasses can be recycled or not. We've found some options so your old frames can have a new life and help those in need to get optimal optics.


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