How recycling is actually sorted, and why Australia is quite bad at it

By Jeff Seadon, Auckland University of Technology Recycling in Australia used to be fairly simple. Our older readers may remember bottle drives, paper and cardboard collections, and the trip to the scrap metal merchant to sell metals. This is called, in recycling parlance, sorting the “streams”. It creates very clean recycling that requires little sorting…

Green light for new tyre recycling plant

Tyre recycler Green Distillation Technologies, which has developed world-first technology that transforms old tyres into oil, carbon and steel, is pressing ahead with plans for its second plant. The company has received approval for a plant proposed for Toowoomba from the Queensland Department of Environment and Science, adding to their existing facility at Warren, NSW..…

Li-ion battery recycling boost from investment

Lithium metal technology company Lithium Australia (ASX: LIT) is to invest in Melbourne li-ion battery recycling business, Envirostream, with plans to expand its capacity. The company has invested $600,000 to take 18.9 per cent of Envirostream which operates Australia’s only plant that shreds used batteries. The process produces a powder containing the critical metal components…