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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

Trish Hyde ends her tenure as APC CEO

Trish Hyde ends her tenure as APC CEO

The APC released a statement on June 9 on their website to officially announce Hyde’s departure from the organisation.

“Trish Hyde, APC’s CEO has left the company to pursue personal interests,” the APC said in their official statement.

“APC and the APC Board extends its gratitude to Trish for her dedicated leadership of the APC and wishes her the very best.”  Read more

Waste Opportunist: Closing the plasticulture loop in QLD (part 2)

Waste Opportunist: Closing the plasticulture loop in QLD (part 2)

Queensland’s existing ag-plastic collections

DrumMUSTER

DrumMUSTER commenced in 1998 and is an Australian-wide program for the collection and recycling of eligible (with logo) non-returnable chemical containers above one litre/kilogram and up to 205 litre/kilogram in declared content in the packaging of crop production and animal health products. Read more

Could recycled plastic be a viable alternative for timber railway sleepers?

Could recycled plastic be a viable alternative for timber railway sleepers?

Tourist and heritage railway groups who are currently using second hand timber sleepers to keep their tracks running are driving demand for an alternative sleeper material, as these groups can’t keep up with the maintenance of timber sleepers that currently only have a lifespan of five to 15 years.

Victorian manufacturer of composite recycled plastic products – Integrated Recycling – is involved with the recycled plastic sleeper project and is currently using their facility in Mildura to prove that plastic sleepers will be able to properly support trains. Read more

Inside Waste (June/July): Celebrating a decade in Queensland

Inside Waste (June/July): Celebrating a decade in Queensland

And on April 26, 2007, seven companies along with waste veteran Rick Ralph, came together to set up the Waste Recycling Industry Association of Queensland (WRIQ).

10 years on and WRIQ has made great leaps and bounds in and for the sector. In the June/July issue of Inside Waste, now ready for download, we sat down with WRIQ CEO Rick Ralph to reflect on the decade and celebrate the efforts of the association. Read more

Australia's largest hospital solar array installed in Bundaberg

Australia’s largest hospital solar array installed in Bundaberg

The project will see the installation of 1253 individual 435w panels over the next three months on all available roof space of the hospital and maintenance shed, with a total system size of 545kW, and a cost of more than $1 million.

Friendly Society Private Hospital’s business development manager Stuart Bonnett, said that the increasing cost of electricity was one of the main drivers behind this initiative. Read more

Waste Opportunist: Closing the plasticulture loop in QLD (part 1)

Waste Opportunist: Closing the plasticulture loop in QLD (part 1)

Of the many plastics used in Queensland’s agriculture, approximately one-third can be readily recycled, for example, clean plastics such as trickle tapes and plastic packaging. However, plastic products such as mulches and silage wrap are often contaminated with soil and residual plant vegetation, with this contamination accounting for up to 70% by weight. Besides creating storage and transportation complications, the contamination results in higher collection and processing costs, making the end-of-life plastics unattractive to recyclers. Read more