According to figures from Planet Ark, Sydney’s inner-west residents are ahead of the game when it comes to finding ways to recycle Christmas lunch leftovers and unwanted presents during the holiday season. Out of the $10 billion Australians spend on food every December, more than 35 per cent is thrown away, according to its website statistics. This year, however, there were spikes in online recycling research by residents in inner-west local government areas, as residents looked for ways to recycle Read More
According to Environment Minister Andrew Powell, the cost implications of going bag-free are a larger concern than the environmental implications. Australians use four billion lightweight plastic bags every year, prompting a petition from Queenslanders to ban the bags at retail sale points in the state by the end of 2012. “The government does not want to be in the position of having removed one cost to Queenslanders in the form of the levy only to introduce a new scheme that Read More
Environmental groups on the Central Coast are optimistic about their efforts to battle marine litter. Representatives from a wide variety of environmental organisations came together recently to put on a workshop to help people find ways to fight litter in and around their local waterways. Groups such as Ocean and Coastal Care Initiatives, Central Coast Marine Discovery Centre, Take 3, Gosford Council, Kariong Eco Garden and Central Coast Waterwatch attracted large crowds. The workshops were coordinated by the Hunter-Central Rivers Read More
The recently announced Healthy Harbour program was set up by the state government in Queensland in order to monitor any water-quality issues that may arise from a second shipping channel. The state government has finalised its terms of reference for the Gladstone Ports Corporation to follow as it works on the environmental impact assessment for the duplicate of the Gladstone shipping channel. The project has attracted a lot of criticism, as it will involve side-scale dredging, which causes poor water Read More
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