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Kwinana WtE update: tech provider picked; construction to commence

Speaking to Inside Waste about what will be Australia’s first WtE plant, Phoenix Energy managing director Peter Dyson said the construction timeline has been set for 36 months and he is confident that all will go smoothly.

“At this stage, the contractors do not have any concerns about orders as they have sorted out the main ticket items,” Dyson said.

The plant is expected to be completed in 2021 and Dyson noted that commissioning will begin six months ahead of that in 2020.

For now, Phoenix Energy is signing off on all relevant construction and financing contracts, which will have to be completed by the end of March. Read more

Global investors drive to push carbon intensive firms on climate action

Through the five-year Climate Action 100+ initiative, launched during the French government’s One Planet climate summit, a total of 225 institutional investors controlling more than US$26.6 trillion (AUS$36.8 trillion) will drive swifter corporate action “to improve governance on climate change, act to curb emissions and strengthen climate-related financial disclosures”.

Borne out of the shared concern amongst long-term investors to support the Paris Agreement and to confront the concentration of carbon risk in their portfolios, as climate change has been found to be the most potent threats to financial returns over the coming years. Read more

Industry leaders shine with Green Star ratings in 2017

Romilly Madew, GBCA chief executive, said that each year, they are bowled over by the industry’s leadership in this space.

“Each year, we crunch the numbers to identify the annual leaders who have led the industry by challenging business norms, testing new ideas, and pushing the boundaries of best practice,” Madew said.

“The area of Green Star certified space has almost doubled in the past two years, up 93% from the end of 2015.” Read more

App nation – powering waste diversion

Inside Waste spoke to the people behind four waste apps accessible Australia-wide to hear about their progress and plans for 2018.

ShareWaste

It was a Facebook experiment that led to the creation of ShareWaste, a website and app which connects those who don’t have the time, space or composting know-how, with those that have backyard chickens, worm farms, or compost and bokashi bins – plus room for more waste. Read more

How can WA get way ahead?

The WA Waste Strategy is under review and the Waste Authority released its Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy consultation paper in October, inviting feedback and submissions until March 1, 2018. Therefore, this is a timely opportunity to outline the actions, that in my humble opinion, I consider are needed and see if the Waste Authority agrees.

In 2007, WA’s recycling rate was 23% and lagged behind SA, Victoria, NSW and Queensland. By 2016, the WA recycling rate had increased to 49% and while still at the back of the pack, the gap has narrowed considerably. Therefore, WA has made some good gains however, achieving a rate of 50% is ‘easy’, while 50%-65% is tricky and then every extra percentage point after that requires considerable thought and effort. Read more

Processing highly contaminated post-consumer plastic? No problem.

The Austrian company manufactures a range of machines, from stationary and mobile shredders to complete systems for plastics recycling and the production of SRF/RDF fuels. In Australia, Lindner distributes its machinery through Koga Recyclingtech.

Last week, Linder’s area sales manager, Alexander Zinn, visited Australia to meet with current and potential clients and Inside Waste took the opportunity to catch up with him. Read more

Halve Waste – delivering real diversion from landfill

The Halve Waste Initiative has recently been awarded the best organics recovery program in NSW and the best local government initiative in sustainability.

Back in 2010, the AWMC was receiving almost 185,000 tonnes of waste and burying 125,000 tonnes. The landfill was filling rapidly and Albury City Council was concerned it would need to find a new landfill site. Instead, the City decided that reducing landfill volume via recycling was the most cost-effective way to manage waste. Thus, the Halve Waste program was born. Read more

Plastic Neutral certification pilot set to begin in Vanuatu

Adapted from Dave Hakken’s Precious Plastic modular machine, the mobile Shruder was specifically designed for remote areas and islets to shred and remould discarded plastics, removing them from the waste stream and environment.

Hartman created the machine after almost 30 years of working in the environmental sector and seeing firsthand the impacts of plastic pollution on our environment and in communities. Read more

Australia set to export wind & solar energy to South East Asia

WA is set to take advantage of its significant solar and wind resources to help solve several key energy and sustainable development issues currently facing the Asian country, while also contributing significantly to Australia’s clean energy future and energy security through reducing reliance on imported fossil fuels.

The project is called the Asian Renewable Energy Hub (AREH) and is a team effort between renewable energy project developers CWP Energy Asia, InterContinental Energy, and wind energy manufacturer Vestas. Read more

Injecting value: are we getting enough from our medical waste?

Consider, in comparison, the kind of waste receptacles you might expect to see in the typical Australian workplace. One bin for mixed recycling, another for paper and cardboard, and a third for landfill would be pretty typical. A collection point for e-waste, soft plastics or even organics wouldn’t surprise. Depending on the industry, some high-volume problem wastes also might find a home – batteries, printer cartridges, chemical containers, coffee grounds or pods.

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