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Managing fly ash from EfW plants

Managing fly ash from EfW plants

Speaking at the Waste Management Association of Australia’s national energy from waste conference in October last year, Reece detailed how geological repositories could be used to manage fly ash and pointed to a rock salt mine in Winsford in England’s north west as a positive example.

Tellus is also in the process of developing two repositories in Australia, one in WA and the other in the NT for the long-term containment of hazardous waste. Read more

Tracking EMRC's WtE journey

Tracking EMRC’s WtE journey

However, EMRC’s director of waste services Stephen Fitzpatrick hopes that the lessons learnt in the process might help others who have the same aspirations to enter the wood waste to energy space.

Fitzpatrick fronted a crowd of delegates in Sydney at the WMAA Energy from Waste national conference in October 2016, speaking about the technological and regulatory considerations EMRC had to go through during the development of the Hazelmere plant.

In March, the plant received environmental approval from the WA EPA. Read more

Sustainable goods could represent $1T market opportunity

Sustainable goods could represent $1T market opportunity

The study suggests that brands that move to promote the sustainability credentials of their products more clearly can tap into the $1 trillion dollar market opportunity, which will be catalysed by a growth in awareness amongst consumers.

The study, performed by Europanel and Flamingo, surveyed 20,000 adults and asked how sustainability concerns affected their shopping decisions and product use. Read more

Ageing kerbside collections

Ageing kerbside collections

The stats

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) surveys information from people with disability, carers and older people to determine not only how ageing impacts a person’s life, but how the combination of age and other factors affect the quality of life a person experiences (see the Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers [SDAC]). Within this survey, older people are defined as those aged 65 years or over. Read more

Closing the wheelie bin loop

Closing the wheelie bin loop

Astron Plastics Group has been recycling plastic for more than 30 years, with facilities in Melbourne, Brisbane, and Sydney. While it also recycles damaged wheelie bins, this has so far been done on an ad hoc basis and the service has not been widely promoted to the industry. Astron now wants to change that, largely due to a growing demand from bin manufacturers for recycled plastic resin.

At the moment, Astron recycles some 1000 tonnes of bins a year but its aim is to bump that up to 3000 tonnes. Read more

Dealing with post collection contamination

Dealing with post collection contamination

Jeffries receives more than 150,000 tonnes of organics annually and processes the material into quality compost, soil, and mulch that are then supplied to resellers across metropolitan Adelaide and horticultural customers throughout South Australia.

Managing director Martin Jeffries, who spoke at the Waste Management Association of Australia’s (WMAA) Waste South Australia 2016 conference at the end of September, told Inside Waste knowledge around the effectiveness of using compost has improved and it is in large part due to the industry “pushing hard” on marketing the benefits both business and industry-wide. Read more

Q&A: APC's new strategic plan a "game changer"

Q&A: APC’s new strategic plan a “game changer”

The Strategic Plan identifies priorities that align with the aims and goals of the Covenant over a five-year period, and will commence on January 1 2017.

Inside Waste News’ Jan Arreza caught up with Australian Packaging Covenant CEO Trish Hyde to talk about the significant update to the APC and what we can expect from this space moving forward.

Inside Waste: What are the significant updates of the APC and the new industry-led five-year strategic plan? Read more

202020 Vision recognised for work in improving urban green space

202020 Vision recognised for work in improving urban green space

According to Nursery and Garden Industry Australia (NGIA) CEO and 202020 Vision member Peter Vaughan, this collaboration goes beyond just one person or organisation – it’s the biggest urban greening collaboration in all of Australia and it’s great to see the hard work of so many people being recognised.

“It is so important to have a combination of organisations and individuals working together, as you can’t enact positive change unless you’ve listened to as many voices as possible,” Vaughan said. Read more

A solar Christmas comes early for the Ronald McDonald House

A solar Christmas comes early for the Ronald McDonald House

The installation is a collaborative effort between Dynamic Solar, Trina Solar, Tigo Energy, and Solar Justice.

According to partner at Dynamic Solar Leah Tinson, the installation of the solar system will allow Ronald McDonald House to redirect where they are spending their dollars into sometime more useful.

“Ronald McDonald House services a huge percentage of NSW children who are unwell – particularly in the area of mental health issues, in which they service something like 86% of NSW,” Tinson said.  Read more