Staff Writer

Screw it, let’s do it

Speaking to Inside Waste after winning the Waste Management Association of Australia Innovation Award for automation at the facility at the 2017 Australian Landfill and Transfer Stations conference in March, Council’s manager – waste services, Troy Uren, said the decision to build the facility wasn’t based on a desire to be innovative. Instead, they were focused on their customers and how to better deliver services to the community as well as the operational aspects of running a facility.

Tapping into more than 20 years of waste management operations experience, including as a consultant who saw many mistakes made across the country, Uren decided that Council needed to bite the bullet and build a facility that avoided the mistakes made in the past. A key factor was to focus on the operational issues, rather than only focusing on engineering issues when designing a site, and construct a transfer station that could remain standing and efficient for decades to come. Read more

Ban the bag and cash for trash: new waste reduction and recycling laws in Queensland

In recent years, bans on lightweight plastic bags have been implemented in South Australia, the Northern Territory, the Australian Capital Territory and Tasmania, while South Australia, New South Wales and Western Australia all have container deposit schemes.

Queensland Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection Steven Miles introduced the Waste Reduction and Recycling Amendment Bill 2017 into the Legislative Assembly on June 14, 2017, citing Queensland as having one of the lowest recycling rates in Australia. Read more

Case study: Max Bright adopts latest CAT 3D grade technology

Based in Lilydale, Victoria, Max Bright is now in its second generation, with Glenn Bright managing the business and brother Mark staying on the machines as a senior dozer operator.

The business has been an early adopter of new technology, and was the first in Australia to purchase a Cat D6T Tier 4 final dozer with GRADE with 3D integrated grade control. Read more

Batteries paving the path to a cleaner and greener future

Batteries paving the path to a cleaner and greener future

The report showed 87% of power generated in Australia comes from fossil fuels while just 13% is generated from renewables.

While there has been a greater effort to integrate renewables into the grid, there is huge potential to make both renewables and fossil fuel powered systems significantly more efficient.

To reduce the strain on the grid during peak power use periods – in the early evening and in the morning before standard work hours – utilities have started to explore the idea of energy storage in batteries as a means to balance the grid. Read more

Investing in sustainable energy - the case for power to gas

Investing in sustainable energy – the case for power to gas

Just cast your eye to Victoria where not only has the state government launched a $2 million program to support the development of EfW technologies, some regional councils are investigating the viability of EfW including the City of Bendigo, while the Central Victorian Greenhouse Alliance and Hepburn Shire Council are in the midst of an EfW trial, and a business plan has been developed to expand this trial to 70 EfW, micropower stations across six regional shires. Then there’s Dial A Dump Industries’ proposal to build the $700 million The Next Generation facility in Eastern Creek, 35km west of Sydney. Read more

ReNu Energy & SCA Property partner for major solar development

ReNu Energy & SCA Property partner for major solar development

Shopping centres are major users of energy, with large indoor centres requiring a substantial amount of energy for heating and cooling, lighting systems, displays, point of sales systems, cinema projectors, cooking equipment and countless other appliances.

The agreement will reduce the energy costs and improve the green credentials of the shopping centres that are located in regional areas of New South Wales and South Australia. Read more

Keeping NSW litter-free

Keeping NSW litter-free

In July, KNSWB will be hosting its Litter Congress at the Kirribilli Club in Lavender Bay and Inside Waste (IW) caught up Keep Australia Beautiful chair Val Southam to find out more about what the organisation is doing to tackle the litter issue, and what the congress hopes to achieve.

IW: Do you think NSW will meet the government’s 40% reduction in litter target by 2020 and how? Read more

TWU: it's not about wage rates, it's about job security

TWU: it’s not about wage rates, it’s about job security

Following industrial action earlier this year, the TWU and the Central Coast Council have engaged in negotiations in a bid to protect local drivers and offer long-term employment certainty during the transition to the new contract, which has been slated to commence in February next year. The result is a number of entitlements and employment terms included in the tender documents aimed at protecting local workers (more here). Read more