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Bio Gro turns to Backhus

Bio Gro turns to Backhus

The company recently purchased a Backhus A50 windrow turner from GCM and Bio Gro managing director Stephen Van Schaik told Inside Waste he was impressed with GCM’s service.

“When we did the initial due diligence on the project, we compared the practice with a number of other players within the market and Daniel [Katsowksky, GCM managing director] went through quite a bit of detail. He listened to our needs and with the new model, specifically the improvements from the old model, made it a good choice for us,” Van Schaik said. Read more

Rehabilitating a legacy landfill

Rehabilitating a legacy landfill

What followed was a six-year journey to rehabilitate the valley fill operation, with GHD and the council working hand-in-hand on the project.

The Trafalgar landfill

Speaking at the Waste Management Association of Australia’s 2017 Australia Landfill and Transfer Stations Conference at the end of March, Baw Baw Shire Council coordinator waste and major projects, Shekar Atla, noted that the former landfill, which accepted a range of waste including asbestos, had faced a number of challenges during its operation, including the lack of a leachate collection system. Read more

Hidden treasure beneath our feet

Hidden treasure beneath our feet

Wherever you go in the world, roadsides are rarely pristine. Various detritus including bits of cardboard, dust, glass, grit, metal, paper, plastic, leaves, wood and other organics often accumulate on highways. For this reason, street sweeping machines are commonplace on Australian streets, but what happens to the material they collect? Normally it is just seen as an irritation with landfill as the most suitable destination. In the past, there’s been little reason to view it any other way. Sorting through the volume and variety of material just hasn’t been worth the time, effort or cost. Read more

Waste 2017: Critical factors for the circular economy in print media

Waste 2017: Critical factors for the circular economy in print media

Wilkins spoke about product stewardship and its production in the industry, what’s been happening around recycling, as well as what he believes is a growing part of the circular economy, which is the initiatives surrounding zero waste.

“Okay, so you’ve done whatever you can as a company both globally and locally, so now you’ve got to ask yourself how you could build on that,” Wilkins said. Read more

Vic budget: wasted opportunity?

Vic budget: wasted opportunity?

Released last week, the budget paper noted that Victoria’s economy is “one of the strongest in Australia” and had experienced a 3.3% growth in 2015-16, which is above the national average of 2.7% over the same period.

In 2017-18, Victoria’s operating surplus is estimated to be $1.2 billion, with surpluses averaging $2.4 billion over the forward estimates, which the government said put the state in a “strong financial position”. Read more

Waste 2017: the future of waste management and resource recovery

Waste 2017: the future of waste management and resource recovery

Some 550 delegates are spending the next two days in Coffs Harbour for Waste 2017 and welcoming them this morning was Tim Silverwood, co-founder and CEO of Take 3.

Silverwood, who is chairing Wednesday’s session, highlighted in his welcome speech that times and attitudes towards waste management are changing. Read more

Insights from inside the EPA: top five tips for managing your response to an investigation

Insights from inside the EPA: top five tips for managing your response to an investigation

I spent around 10 years advising the NSW EPA on compliance action and running major prosecutions in the waste industry. In that time, I saw some companies that managed the EPA exceptionally well and some that didn’t – often with very different outcomes. Now, when clients come to see me about problems they are having with a government regulator like the EPA, often the approach they have taken has been counterproductive. I’ll let you in on a secret. It often isn’t about what happened but how the relationship is managed after that point. Read more

Canon aims to be greener with new sustainability initiatives

Canon aims to be greener with new sustainability initiatives

Canon believes it is important to clarify the priority of initiatives when setting environmental goals based on correct understanding of the potential impacts they have on its business activities and the environment.

In addition to its own business activities – such as development, production and sales – Canon seeks to understand the overall picture of environmental impacts through all stages of the product lifecycle – from the manufacture of raw materials or parts by suppliers to transport to retailers and use by the end customer. Read more

Levies, market fairness, and planning on the NWRIC's agenda

Levies, market fairness, and planning on the NWRIC’s agenda

Council CEO Max Spedding told Inside Waste the group achieved a general consensus on where policy for the industry should go and it now has a program that will take the council through to October, “when we expect to have everything in place”.

At the inaugural meeting, representatives from Alex Fraser Group, Cleanaway, JJ Richards and Sons, Solo Resource Recovery, Sims Metal Management, Toxfree, SUEZ, Remondis, Resource Co, and Veolia, addressed background issues that will form the council’s broad policy statement. Its original roadmap will now be revised and published shortly. Read more