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Concerns raised over Central Coast tender

Concerns raised over Central Coast tender

Central Coast Council’s 10-year contract with Remondis will come to an end in January next year and Council told Inside Waste it had invited tenders but was unable to comment on ongoing the tender process. It did however, point to a media statement released in March, which said: “On 24 March 2017 the Transport Workers Union (TWU) and the Central Coast Council participated in confidential mediation, at the request of the Minister for Local Government, the Hon Gabrielle Upton MP.  Read more

Strength in numbers

Strength in numbers

Thus, in October that year, Maitland City Council turned to its neighbours – Cessnock and Singleton – to discuss the viability of implementing a regional contract for the collection and processing of organics. It was quickly determined that a regional contract was indeed the only financially sustainable option for the three councils to deliver a kerbside organics collection and processing service to their communities. Read more

Sustainable Insights: 'Social licence' critical to business success

Sustainable Insights: ‘Social licence’ critical to business success

Melbourne is now Australia’s fastest-growing city. With more than 107,000 new residents coming here in 2016, processing and disposing of waste presents environmental and human challenges, but also opportunities for government, business and industry.

Investment by the waste, resource recovery and manufacturing industries with some Victorian government help is supporting growth in the sector and generating jobs as projects are planned constructed and made operational. Read more

Honeywell launch new cloud-based service for better building efficiency

Honeywell launch new cloud-based service for better building efficiency

Honeywell’s new service draws from the collecting power of the Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, mobile applications and Honeywell’s service engineers.

Combining advanced automation and data analytics, Outcome Based Service enables Honeywell service engineers to assess and scrutinise building assets around the clock, allowing them to identify anomalies and misconfigurations earlier than traditional maintenance to help save time and money.  Read more

Sydney Water conducting research on food waste to energy

Sydney Water conducting research on food waste to energy

To explain the process, food waste will be blended with sewage and the mixture is then converted into methane gas through a process called anaerobic co-digestion.

The obtained methane is then used as fuel to heat an anaerobic digester and to produce electricity to power the plant, with the entire process occurring in a contained system to eliminate any odours. Read more

Waste 2017: Achieving better outcomes in new builds

Waste 2017: Achieving better outcomes in new builds

NSW EPA senior project officer Marcelle Psaila, who spoke at the conference, said the regulator has been working to achieve better outcomes in waste management planning, detailing some of its efforts particularly in new builds.

The NSW scene

NSW’s population is growing and it’s forecasted to hit 9.9 million by 2036 with the Sydney Metropolitan Area expected to grow from 4.6 million people to 6.4 million by that same year. Read more

HP Australia leads the country in print cartridge recycling

HP Australia leads the country in print cartridge recycling

A founding member of the program which started in 2003, C4PA is an innovative recycling program that provides Australians with a free, easy-to-use and environmentally-accredited way to recycle print cartridges with a zero waste to landfill commitment.

According to HP South Pacific director for printing systems Ben Vivoda, C4PA is a terrific program, which they are very proud to continue to be a partner of.  Read more

Waste 2017: How to successful deliver an energy from waste project

Waste 2017: How to successful deliver an energy from waste project

Manning says that first and foremost we simply need to look abroad and learn from the experiences of our international neighbours to see what worked and what didn’t – the good, the bad, and the ugly.

So looking globally, what are the main drivers that are promoting waste to energy projects?

“Globally, environmental concerns is one of the key things, particularly this is seen in emerging nations,” Manning said.  Read more

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