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Waste Opportunist: Training professional drivers in Australia's waste management and recycling sector

Waste Opportunist: Training professional drivers in Australia’s waste management and recycling sector

Professional drivers play a critical role in the waste and recycling industry. Environmental and efficiency factors, which have led the need to improve methods of waste collection and recycling, have seen the emergence of new technologies, greater specialisation, and continued growth in the industry. The waste recycling driver’s role reflects these changes with more specialised vehicle equipment types, increased use of technology such as on board cameras, joystick operations and in-cab data terminals, and greater need to identify, handle and segregate waste for specific recycling processes. Waste industry drivers operate vehicles that range in size from utes and vans, through heavy rigid, and up to single articulated and B-double trucks and trailers. These operations are conducted by a wide range of both small and large businesses, as well as local councils who may engage their own workforce or have contractor arrangements.   Read more

A busy year for Victoria

A busy year for Victoria

A year on, Inside Waste was curious about the progress, if any, and changes that the minister had made, particularly around its proposed e-waste to landfill ban, waste to energy – interest seems to be ramping up in the state – and planning and integration.

We posed a number of questions to D’Ambrosio and here’s what her spokesperson had to say. Read more

Biome becomes first Australian retailer to be awarded B Corp certification

Biome becomes first Australian retailer to be awarded B Corp certification

B Corp certification recognises purpose-driven businesses that run with the highest level of transparency and accountability, and are committed to improving social and environmental conditions for all.

B Corps are driven by the value they add to the wider community and not-for-profits which operate at a higher social and environmental level, while considering and being responsible for the impacts of their business.  Read more

Competition issues in purchasing

Competition issues in purchasing

It is well understood that competition is the process by which rival businesses strive to maximise their profits by developing and offering desirable goods and services to consumers on the most favourable terms. The CCA enhances the welfare of Australians through the promotion of competition and fair trading and provision for consumer protection.

The issue that is considered here is whether, when two organisations in the local government sector seek to jointly purchase a service to maximise their buying power, is that anti-competitive? Read more

Legal Eagle: State significant development applications for the waste Industry explained

Legal Eagle: State significant development applications for the waste Industry explained

A proposed development is classified as State Significant Development (SSD) if it is listed in Schedule 1 of the State Environmental Planning Policy (State and Regional Development) 2011 (SRD SEPP), or if it is declared to be SSD by order of the Minister for Planning. Examples of SSD under the SRD SEPP include:

  • development for the purpose of resource recovery or recycling facilities that handle more than 100,000 tonnes per year of waste;
  • development for the purpose of remediation of land that is category 1 remediation work on significantly contaminated land if it is required to be carried out under relevant legislation; and
  • development that has a capital investment value of more than $30 million for the purposes of manufacture of paper or cardboard, paper recycling, etc.

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Examining the role of bioenergy in modern power systems

Examining the role of bioenergy in modern power systems

This month, a UN-backed report noted that record levels of renewable energy capacity were added globally in 2016 at an investment level that was 23% lower than 2015, i.e. it is getting cheaper to install and roll out clean energy technology (more here).

Chief scientist Alan Finkel is also conducting a review that looks at energy security although the preliminary report discusses variable renewable energy with zero coverage of bioenergy. Read more

CEFC support for new climate bonds signals growth in renewables investment

CEFC support for new climate bonds signals growth in renewables investment

FlexiGroup has issued a climate bond with an underlying asset base of residential rooftop solar, with the CEFC making a cornerstone commitment of $20 million to the $50 million tranche, which was certified by the global Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI).

More recently, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia has successfully issued its first climate bond – a $650 million transaction linked to a broad portfolio of clean energy assets, with the CEFC being a cornerstone investor in the bond with a $100 million commitment. Read more

Leading the sector into the digital era

Leading the sector into the digital era

Inside Waste caught up with the AMCS team – CEO Jimmy Martin, sales manager Australia and New Zealand Gerard Kissane, and former ASP CEO Terry Daley who will stay on for 18 months to consult on marketing and sales – to find out what the company has in store for Australia.

Who is AMCS?

Headquartered in Limerick, Ireland, AMCS offers an end-to-end suite of software and vehicle technology to the waste and resource recovery sector. Its 350-man team works across the globe, with offices in the UK, central Europe, the US, Australia, and New Zealand. Read more