Illawarra Businesses Join EPA Ecology Project

7/10/14, ILLAWARRA MERCURY: Illawarra businesses are starting to look greener following the launch of the NSW Environment Protection Authority’s Industrial Ecology project.
The EPA’s ‘‘Waste Less, Recycle More’’ initiative is funded from the state’s waste levy, and the Illawarra Innovative Industry Network and Illawarra Business Chamber urge businesses to find out more about it.
Last week’s Business Before Hours event hosted by the chamber and Resource Recovery Australia encouraged businesses to investigate new industrial ecology and organics processing with the help of consultants managing the EPA’s South East Industrial Ecology project. 
The consultants say priority areas for waste are organics, timber, paper and cardboard, plastics and textiles. Project manager Lisa Miller said that since July, Resource Recovery Australia had linked up with dozens of businesses in the region as it looked for new uses for old waste. Ms Miller said organics diversion was a strong focus of the project.
‘‘Organics contribute large amounts of methane from landfill into the atmosphere and by diverting them to compost, we can eliminate this impact.’’
Any business that spent money on waste could benefit from the program, which aimed to divert 8000tonnes of waste from landfills in the next 12 months, Ms Miller said.