Resources

The Waste, Recycling and Carbon space is constantly evolving. In order to provide our clients with the best advice, MRA is constantly reading, reviewing and analyzing a range of domestic and international information to pick up on key trends and events.

Posts on The Tipping Point are informed by this ongoing process, but every now and then we discover content or information which either sets a new industry benchmark or deserves recognition. Our Resources library below provides a catalogue of this content that we believe deserves to be shared!

We look forward to expanding the library in the coming months, so if you have an idea or would like to contribute, please email info@mraconsulting.com.au.


Mike Ritchie – Today Tonight 02/06/16
Mike Ritchie of MRA Consulting Group outlines the plastics recycling reality in Australia as part of Today Tonight’s piece on unnecessary food packaging waste.

 

Talking Point: Tassie waste system worst in the nation
Originally published on May 31 2016 by Peter Boyer, The Mercury

Like clockwork, each week we line our streets with bins of stuff we don’t want, and each week the stuff is whisked away, out of sight, out of mind. In functioning ecosystems one species’ waste is another’s nourishment, but nature can’t readily absorb what’s in our bins. So it tends to accumulate where it’s dumped, a practice we call landfill. Landfill isn’t the most polluting thing we do to the planet – that honour must go to pumping greenhouse gases into the air – but it is the most visible sign of a chuck-and-forget mindset that’s a huge obstacle to sustainability. Continue reading


When should we worry about climate change?
Originally published on May 18 2016 by Peter Hannam – Environment Editor, The Sydney Morning Herald

News that Tasmania’s Cape Grim weather site had recorded its first baseline reading of 400 parts per million of carbon dioxide sparked some debate over the meaning of the milestone. As we noted ahead of the declaration of the first recording of 400ppm in the southern hemisphere, the primary greenhouse gas increase carried not much more global warming significance than, say, 399 or 401 ppm. But as with other markers – such as Australia’s foreign debt passing a $1 trillion – the 400 ppm tally helps focus our attention. Continue reading


Mike Ritchie – Waste 2016 Keynote Address 04/05/16
20 years of waste in review


Roslyn Florie-George – Waste 2016 Presentation 05/05/16
It costs HOW much? The cost of litter management to NSW


Dr Ron Wainberg – Waste 2016 Presentation 05/05/16
EfW in Australia – what does it mean for local government


Global warming milestone about to be passed and there’s no going back

Originally published on May 10 2016 by Peter Hannam – Environment Editor, The Sydney Morning Herald

Within the next couple of weeks, a remote part of north-western Tasmania is likely to grab headlines around the world as a major climate change marker is passed. The aptly named Cape Grim monitoring site jointly run by CSIRO and the Bureau of Meteorology will witness the first baseline reading of 400 parts per million (ppm) of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, researchers predict. “Once it’s over [400 ppm], it won’t go back,” said Paul Fraser, dubbed by CSIRO as the Air Man of Cape Grim, and now a retired CSIRO fellow. “It could be within 10 days.” Continue reading


The scientist who first warned of climate change says it’s much worse than we thought
Originally published on March 23 2016 by Amelia Urry – Associate Editor of Science and Technology, Grist

Super StormThe rewards of being right about climate change are bittersweet. James Hansen should know this better than most — he warned of this whole thing before Congress in 1988, when he was director of NASA’s Institute for Space Studies. At the time, the world was experiencing its warmest five-month run since we started recording temperatures 130 years earlier. Hansen said, “It is time to stop waffling so much and say that the evidence is pretty strong that the greenhouse effect is here.” Continue reading


Mike Ritchie – 2UE Radio Interview 20/01/08
Summary of Sydney Advanced Waste Treatment Developments


Mike Ritchie – ABC Radio Interview 13/12/07
Summary of Sydney Advanced Waste Treatment Developments


Mike Ritchie – 2GB Radio Interview 23/09/07
Summary of Sydney Advanced Waste Treatment Developments


Mike Ritchie – 2SM Radio Interview 23/09/07
Summary of Sydney Advanced Waste Treatment Developments