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Sydney suburb rewarded for recycling programme

Australia – Lane Cove, a suburb of Australia’s capital Sydney, has received the Innovation Council Award for its so-called RecycleSmart initiative – an online programme that allows residents to sign up for an individual account to monitor their recycling progress.

The programme provides real-time feedback on an individual’s recycling behaviour and offers tips to help avoid recycling mistakes. Since the programme’s launch, Lane Cove Council claims to have diverted around 10% of waste from landfill.

The award ceremony took place on the show floor of the Australasian Waste & Recycling Expo (AWRE), held early October at Sydney Olympic Park’s Dome, where leading local and international suppliers showcased their latest products and technologies. Exhibition director Brett Judd confirmed this year’s event was a big success: ‘We received a record number of individual registrations for AWRE in 2014 and feedback from the show floor from exhibitors was that the quality of the event for genuine business opportunities and lead generation has never been greater,’ he says.

AWRE 2015 will be held at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on August 13-14 next year. According to the event’s organiser, two-thirds of the show floor space has already been booked.

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