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Climate change and big business   Leave a comment

Sustainable Business Australia has released the Australian CEO Guide to Climate Action providing insights and advice on how to integrate climate action initiatives into business planning and strategy. The report can be found here strategy.

30.07.2014 – Updated waste tyre regulations and recycling   Leave a comment

Better management of waste tyres and increased appropriate tyre recycling is a priority agenda item for Government, industry and environment groups with a raft of new measures being implemented.

The New South Wales and Victorian Governments have both flagged a tightening on sites that receive and stockpile waste tyres. The Boomerang Alliance and the Australian Tyre Recyclers Association are continuing their push to raise recycling standards and increase operators’ transparency and accountability.

On Friday 25 July the NSW EPA and Boomerang Alliance hosted a summit to hear the regulators proposed response to this long running environmental, economic and community problem.

The NSW EPA informed the audience that, among other measures, it will tighten site licensing requirements. Whereas previously sites storing 50 tonnes or more of waste tyres needed a licence, in the future it will be required for sites storing 5 tonnes or more. See the draft regulations here

In May 2014 the Victorian Government announced tighter rules for the storage of waste tyres including new fire control measures. The rules increase compliance requirements for sites storing more than 40 tonnes of waste tyres. See the interim policy at

The NSW summit was told there is well in excess of 30 million end-of-life or waste tyres disposed of in Australia every year and that with vehicle registrations increasing at about 2% a year it will be a growing problem.



Posted July 30, 2014 by equilibrium in Uncategorized

23.07.2014 – New recycling target   Leave a comment

Australia’s National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme (NTCRS) enters a new phase with a mandated 90% material recovery target coming into force from July 1.

To facilitate reporting and accountability, the Australian Government Department of Environment has introduced a new methodology to clarify how material recovery will be measured and reported against the NTCRS.

The Department, with support from Equilibrium, has developed a methodology based on chain-of-custody tracking that traces materials from initial recycling through to downstream processes into useable materials and also provides guidance to track materials sent to landfill in a particular year.

The methodology acknowledges that arrangements and their recycling service providers may use a range of different systems for recycling and material recovery and materials may be handled by more than one recycler before being processed, but collection arrangements must still be able to track and report on the full recycling process undertaken even where multiple recyclers are involved.


Posted July 23, 2014 by equilibrium in Uncategorized

11.10.2013 – Back to Earth   Leave a comment

The Victorian Government has launched the Back to Earth Initiative to improve resource recovery of organics. Back to Earth Initiative encourages appropriate use of Council green waste bins and the recycling of green waste to reduce the amount currently sent to landfill.

The initiative has been developed by the Metropolitan Waste Management Group (MWMG) in conjunction with eleven councils in Melbourne’s north and west: Banyule, Brimbank, Darebin, Hobsons Bay, Hume, Maribyrnong, Melton, Moonee Valley, Moreland, Nillumbik and Wyndham. It complements new organics processing facilities that will serve communities in the participating councils. MWMG is the Victorian Government body responsible for managing municipal solid waste across metropolitan Melbourne.

On Thursday (10 October 2013) Veolia opened its new organics processing facility at Bulla in Melbourne’s north which will process green waste from the participating Councils. The facility was built as part of the Northern and Western Organics Processing Contract and is the first step in creating a new wave of sustainable resource recovery facilities to service metropolitan Melbourne.

The Northern and Western Organics Processing Contract unlocks around $30 million of industry investment in infrastructure, and around $200 million in local government operating expenditure over the 15 year contract. It will generate dozens of ongoing employment opportunities and up to a hundred jobs during the construction.

Posted October 11, 2013 by equilibrium in Uncategorized

26.6.2013 – Busting energy saving claims. What you should be doing to save energy!   Leave a comment

Claims relating to energy saving products may not always be easily achievable. With energy costs continuously increasing the energy efficiency product market is becoming more and more crowded with suppliers and the one thing they all have in common is that they promise to start saving you money straight away.

Sure there may be some truth to the claims generally but do they really know your business and the way your store equipment and operations depend on each other.

Reproduced from the Independent Retailer (June 2013). To read the full article follow this link.

9.5.2013 – Sustainable Australia Report released   Leave a comment

The Sustainable Australia Report 2013 from the National Sustainability Council was released today presenting a framework for guiding progress that also balances competing interests. However the report itself may present a risk in achieving that goal. See the report here  

The report seeks to establish a framework better defining sustainability and putting forward key indicators across social and human capital, natural capital and economic capital. It is largely presented as a benchmark report to be refined and reported against over time, and with the Sustainable AUstralia Report due in 2015.

Its 266 pages will take time to fully digest and that is a risk. As with some State-of-the-Environment reports, when such documents are too complex and large to be accessible and contain timely data, they can be overwhelming.   

Posted May 9, 2013 by equilibrium in Uncategorized

7.5.2013 – ABC Online and The Drum   Leave a comment

Equilibrium’s work assisting local and State Government to more fully understand the potential benefits and costs of container deposits has been included as part of an article published on ABC Online and The Drum. See and

The article by Equilibrium’s Nick Harford seeks to expand awareness of the complexity of the issue and the degrees of potentially positive and negative impacts that are best understood to achieve optimal environmental and financial outcomes. 

Posted May 7, 2013 by equilibrium in Uncategorized