It’s not well known that 98% of cigarette butts are made from plastic and they are the most littered plastic pollution item breaking up into billions of pieces of microplastics in the ocean. They also contain toxic chemicals.
WA 10cent refunds on drink containers needs more work
1 October 2020
The Western Australian Container deposit scheme, launched today, will need a lot more work to be accessible and maximise recycling, said TEC on releasing a new briefing today. Claims it is the most accessible in Australia are simply wrong.
At a time when the NSW government needs to fully focus on managing the COVID crisis, the National Party’s ‘’split’’ from the Coalition over the koala protection is one the most irrational moves seen in many decades and will do a great disservice to the community, TEC said today.
‘HEALTH REPORT’ CALLS FOR IMPROVEMENTS TO QLD CONTAINER RECYCLING SCHEME
23 July 2020
Queensland’s Container Recycling Scheme (CRS) has come under fire in an independent health report that calls for greater transparency and reporting, an increased number of refund locations and expansion to the types of bottles and cans which can be returned.
The TEC/ACOSS rule change “More sun for everyone“ aims to benefit solar owners and support greater uptake of solar and other distributed energy resources to help accelerate decarbonisation and improve affordability for everyone, reports Mark Byrne, our Energy Advocate.
A new plan to protect Sydney’s Koala colony threatened by development on the western edge of the city was released today calling for a national park, wide wildlife corridors and improved state planning controls.
Lost Shipping Containers – plastic pollution hazard
29 May 2020
The loss of up to 50 shipping containers now polluting the NSW east coast should be treated as a hazardous pollution event with consequent large fines to help with cleanup, Total Environment Centre and the Boomerang Alliance said today.
In this time of COVID-19, Sydneysiders are flocking to our green spaces for exercise and mental relaxation. It can be numbing staying indoors and certainly, is not a healthy lifestyle. Young parents are pushing prams; older couples are strolling; there’s lots of dog walking; teenagers chat as they stride; cyclists discovering bike paths; informal games with the kids; solo walkers plugged into ipods.
Cigarette Butt Litter: big problem needs good bins
11 May 2020
Cigarette butts are unsightly and worse they contain plastic which can pollute our waterways and ocean. Part of the solution is good bins in public spaces. How do the various types perform?
A series of cigarette butt bin information sheets have been developed by an independent reviewer.* They should be used as a general guide only and you should consider how each type of equipment is suitable to your local area and community. This information is current on 1 March 2020.
* David Coleman, Asterisk One