Everyone agrees that plastic pollution has to go! And that's not all that needs to change. Waste Not should become a national mantra.
Apart from creating a clean, healthy society for all of us to share, recycling could also fuel a circular economy creating sustainable prosperity for future Australians. So what's the hold-up?
For almost 2 decades TEC pushed for recycling infrastructure for all Australian states until we finally got Container Deposit Legislation. Working with our sister organisation the Boomerang Alliance we are campaigning hard for action on plastic pollution and other consumer waste issues to solve the recycling crisis.
But it needs a coordinated effort by all of us - individuals and industry - with the full support of government, to make it work effectively. Where is the plastic tax, the regulatory control of plastic imports, and the incentivised alternative bio-plastics and packaging solutions? Our environment ministers need to get cracking. Banning single-use plastic bags (with NSW now the only state lagging) is a start but with millions of tonnes of rubbish dumping into our oceans - the largest and least expendable ecosystem on the planet - the situation now calls for global coordinated targeted action.
A sustainable society knows how to eliminate waste and maximise resource efficiency. If we want to survive, we have no other choice. Australia should be a world leader!
What We Do
- TEC is the convenor of the Boomerang Alliance of almost 50 groups around Australia campaigning to end plastic pollution.
- TEC has created successful campaigns to instigate new recycling business models. We have forced industry to take responsibility for product stewardship. And we have worked hard to minimise waste to landfill.
- Before the War On Waste we made Waste Not, TEC's Award Winning short documentary film about the beauty of recycling and the future of our planet. It has been translated into 4 languages and screened in over 30 countries. The film and curriculum matched study resources have been used all over Australia by corporations, schools, universities and TAFE's. Watch the Waste Not Trailer
- Mash It Up! the sequel educational documentary project to Waste Not, is inspiring high school students and teachers to create multi-media awareness campaigns by entering our Mash It Up! Trashion Couture competition. It's fun and it's changing staff and student culture in playgrounds and classrooms. For more info here.
- TEC's new AUSMAP citizen project is creating hubs all over Australia for the tracking and analysis of microplastic pollution in our rivers and coastlines.
CHANGE IS HAPPENING:
The End of Plastic Pollution - trillions of pieces of plastic are moving through the planet's critical aquatic ecosystems. In Australia alone, an estimated 600 billion pieces of plastic currently infest our waters, and kill marine life. As micro-plastics move up the food chain, and onto our dinner plates, a ‘major health crisis’ is unfolding. Our solutions are based on getting that plastic out of the loop including by introducing national refund schemes for drink bottles and cans (CDS), and insisting on a ban on single -use plastic bags (endorsed by the bipartisan 2016 Senate Inquiry). We also host and manage the hugely popular work of Australia's peak zero waste NGO, the Boomerang Alliance of 47 groups.
The world first Beyond Plastic Pollution conference was a huge success - and we are already planning for more Beyond Plastic events: a massive synergistic networking opportunity for everyone who wants to end plastic pollution and create a thriving pollution-free economy. Stay in touch through the Boomerang Alliance's conference website, which has been loaded with all the presentations from this year's panels and speakers.
TEC's Ocean Action Pod is popping up in shopping centres, schools, beach communities and council events all over NSW with visually engaging and creative awareness programs for children and families. The POD now has an online shop for those wishing to purchase our unique and playful educational resources.Food waste - enormous amounts are dumped which can still be consumed or made into compost or green energy. We initiated Food Stall Savers to help events and markets become truly waste wise.
What you can do:
- Help us Ban The Bag - our next big push!
- Ask the NSW Environment Minister to act on marine plastic pollution
- Ask the Victorian Environment Minister to act on marine plastic pollution
- Ask the WA Environment Minister to act on marine plastic pollution
- Book the Ocean Action Pod for your school or community group.
- Visit the Waste Not educational website
- Visit the Beyond Plastic Pollution conference website