Publications & Information: Glass

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Glass is one of the most persistent materials in the environment and can be recycled many times over.

  • National Environment Protection Measure Used Packaging »

    Report to National Environment Protection Committee on used packaging for 2012

  • Shop Smart

    By making slight changes to your shopping behaviour you can make big diffferences to your budget and the waste that is generated

  • Skyworks

    Skyworks is a major event but creates a large amount of waste

  • WA Government Annual Report 2011 for the Australian Packaging Covenant »

    The Australian Packaging Covenant Annual Report 2010-2011outlines how the WA Government is meeting its obligations as a State Government signatory to the Australian Packaging Covenant.

  • Landfill Levy Regulation Administration Policy - 2009 »

    This policy document provides a summary of the procedures and requirements for the assessment and calculation of the landfill levy payable on all waste received at licensed landfills in the metropolitan region, and all waste collected in the metropolitan region which is received at licensed landfills outside the metropolitan area.

  • Are you recycling yet? A waste minimisation strategy for small businesses in the Swan Region »

    The Swan Chamber of Commerce, the Swan Catchment Council and the City of Swan have come together to progress a waste minimisation strategy for the Swan region through the successful application for a Waste Management and Recycling Fund grant of $10, 000 from the Waste Management Board of WA. (June 2008)

  • Market Development Study Used Glass for Western Australia Waste Management Board - August 2006 »

    Owens Illinois (OI), formerly known as ACI Glass Containers, is the world’s largest producer of bottles and is responsible for manufacturing more than 90% of Australia’s domestic glass bottles. OI closed its Perth-based manufacturing facility in 2003 after over 50 years of operation, due to increasing commercial pressure from international imports, and relocated all production to South Australia. This decision, whilst made on economic grounds, has led to the current dilemma regarding what to do with the glass sold and recovered in Western Australia (WA), given the lack of local alternative markets. With high interstate transport costs, the movement of materials interstate can only be seen as an interim measure. Nationally, Australia is currently recovering 35% or 278,000 tonnes of used glass containers. It is estimated, based on national sales, that WA generates between 80,000– 90,000 tonnes per year of container glass and is currently recovering for recycling approximately 20,000 tonnes, or 23%. In order to meet the National Packaging Covenant target for glass recovery of between 50–60% by the year 2010 additional 125,000 tonnes per annum are required. For glass to remain competitive in its traditional markets against other packaging forms, that is, plastics and aluminium, manufacturers undertook research and development into the light-weighting of containers – today a beer stubby is 27% lighter than the same bottle 20 years ago.

  • Submission to Productivity Commission Enquiry into Waste Generation and Resource Efficiency- 2006 »

    There are a number of characteristics of Western Australian geography and economy that impact on waste management and resource recovery in this State.