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Trevor Thornton

Trevor Thornton

Lecturer, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Deakin University

Currently a lecturer in Hazardous Materials Management at Deakin University with prior experience in employment at Victoria's Environment Protection Authority.

I have consulted widely in waste management within Australia and overseas - with recent projects based on identifying recycling contamination and educating for waste management.

Research interests lie in waste management (from many sectors including healthcare, households and commercial/industrial sectors), environment management systems – with an emphasis on the healthcare sector, life cycle assessment, education for waste management (in particular waste minimisation) and municipal waste management. Interests also lie in linking issues such as social aspects, risk assessment and occupational health and safety to waste management particularly in areas where implementing waste management techniques may upset current social structures.

Don't just blame government and business for the recycling crisis – it begins with us

Aug 01, 2019 04:32 am UTC| Insights & Views Business Economy

As the dramatic shutdown of major recycling company SKM this week has illustrated, recycling is not free. Householders in Australia pay council rates for a recycling and garbage service. This fee is largely based on the...

Why you're almost certainly wasting time rinsing your recycling

May 29, 2017 05:35 am UTC| Insights & Views Life

Once a fortnight we diligently wheel our recycling bin to the kerb, and then probably give ourselves a pat on the back while thinking of all the useful products we have helped to create, and the resources and energy we...

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Economy

Seoul allocates 300 billion won for zero-interest loans to COVID-19 impacted firms

The city government of Seoul is offering 300 billion won worth of loans at 0.03-0.53 percent interest rates to small businesses forced to close or restrict services under its social distancing rules. Such businesses...

Airline group says govt intervention needed in saving huge number of jobs

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) expects air traffic to be 66 percent below the level it was in 2019, putting hundreds of thousands of jobs at risk without government intervention. According to IATA...

S. Korea expected to post positive export numbers for September

South Korea is expected to report its first positive export result in September since the coronavirus outbreak, says Industry Minister Sung Yun-mo. The country will release the official monthly export data report on...

Afghanistan inks $160 million solar and wind power deal with US, Turkey, India.

Afghanistan signed a $160 million solar photovoltaic and wind power project deal with the US Agency for International Development (USAID), Turkey, and India that will bolster its grid by 110 megawatts in the next 16...

UAE, Israel eye energy, infrastructure cooperation

The energy ministers of the UAE and Israel explored possible investment opportunities in energy, infrastructure, oil, gas, and renewable energy in a video call on Wednesday. The two countries also focused on advanced...

Politics

World War 3 Shock: US readies nuclear arms amidst ongoing talks of nuclear arms treaty extension with Russia

The nuclear arms treaty that the United States has with Russia is set to expire in 2021, and with the tensions between the two countries, any further escalations could lead to an all-out conflict or world war 3. But fears...

Joe Biden Nomination: UK Labor MP Chris Bryant nominates former VP for Nobel Peace Prize

Joe Biden faces off with Donald Trump in the first of three presidential debates, which could help him maintain his steady lead in the public opinion polls in several swing states. Along with his opponent, Biden has also...

Donald Trump announcement: POTUS reveals plan to distribute 150 million rapid COVID-19 tests

The United States is still struggling with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic with millions infected and over 200,000 Americans dead from the disease. This week, Donald Trump announced his administrations plan of distributing...

Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump could face imprisonment, says former Watergate prosecutor

White House adviser Ivanka Trump was among the names dropped in the New York Times piece that revealed her father Donald Trumps financial records. Nick Akerman, who served as a prosecutor during the Watergate proceedings,...

Science

Asteroid alert: Rock similar to Chelyabinsk meteor to pass by Earth today

There is a very minute chance of an asteroid posing a threat to Earth, especially in recent years. One asteroid is set to make its approach to Earth today but will not pose a threat to the planet. Known as 2020 SV5, the...

NASA: Chandra X-Ray Observatory turns images of Milky Way galaxy into sound

Astronauts and scientists are the only ones who have been able to hear the sounds of space and the universe. Now, everyone can be able to hear what the Milky Way sounds like thanks to NASAs Chandra X-Ray...

Aliens: ROCOSMOS astronaut claims first meeting will intelligent extraterrestrial life forms would be diplomatic

Even as space agencies are looking for signs of life in the form of microbes, there may still lie the possibility of meeting actual extraterrestrials or intelligent beings outside Earth. In case the latter happens, a...

NASA releases image of the universe taken by the Hubble Space Telescope

We have long known that the universe is massive, larger than we could ever imagine. However, it does pose the question as to how big it actually is, and NASA has released a photo capturing the universe we live in in its...

Technology

‘Mortal Kombat 11’ DLC rumored to include Rambo as a new character

There are many ways fans are getting their inside info about their favorite video games, and datamining is just one of them. It is also the source of recent reports that Rambo could be released as one of the next DLC...

Motorola Razr 2020 arrives on Oct. 2 with up to $700 discount on T-Mobile

The Motorola Razr 2020 is almost here, and T-Mobile appears to have one of the best offers that could get its customers up to 50% discount. It is also worth noting that the upcoming smartphone will have a number of specs...

‘Cyberpunk 2077’ last phase of development sends CD Projekt Red in a crunch

CD Projekt Red has maintained that Cyberpunk 2077 will remain in its current release date set in November. With just more than a month left, however, a report emerged claiming the studio has required its developers to work...

iOS 14.2 beta 2 code hints at iPhone 12 boxes not having free EarPods

A recent update on the iOS 14 has reportedly contained codes that seem to correspond with an earlier about the iPhone 12. The codes in question dropped a crucial word and now suggests the new smartphones will be shipped...

‘Mass Effect: Legendary Edition’ is delayed to ‘early 2021’

The Mass Effect trilogy in its remastered state has been on top of the wish list of its avid fans for years. Unfortunately, they will need more patience as the Mass Effect: Legendary Edition is now reportedly scheduled for...
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