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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

Suez wins $40M contract in novel procurement process

Suez wins $40M contract in novel procurement process

Council told Inside Waste the contract will ensure national best practices are implemented at the Hogan’s Pocket landfill and Paget Transfer Station, including the bulk waste haulage between the two locations.

Key aspects of the new contract arrangements include:

  • A new “next generation” industry-leading high productivity haulage fleet aimed at maximising legal payloads and equipped with intelligent transport systems to maximise productivity, efficiency and safety;
  • An optimised leachate management system including bespoke additional onsite containment infrastructure;
  • The latest machine control technology and incentivised operational targets to maximise void space and increase the life of the landfill asset;
  • A significant reduction in the use of virgin quarry products through the use of innovative landfill cover and performance management systems; and

Incorporation of national and international best practices through implementation of a “world class” environmental management system. Read more

Farewell 2016, hello 2017

Farewell 2016, hello 2017

As the year comes to a close, Inside Waste turned to the sector’s experts – the heads of the major waste and resource recovery associations in Australia – and asked them to reflect on the year gone by as well as share their expectations for 2017.

We posed three questions to Waste Contractors & Recyclers Association of NSW executive director Tony Khoury, Australian Council of Recycling CEO Grant Musgrove, Waste, Recycling Industry Association (Qld) CEO Rick Ralph, Waste Industry Alliance (Vic) head Tim Piper, Australian Organics Recycling Association executive officer Peter McLean, and Australian Landfill Owners Association CEO Max Spedding – we also approached Waste Management Association of Australia CEO Gayle Sloan but she was unable to respond at press time. However, in an interview with Inside Waste earlier this month, Sloan highlighted some of WMAA’s key goals for 2017. More here – and here’s what they have to say. Read more

Turning challenges into opportunities

Turning challenges into opportunities

Covering some 34,000 square metres, the region has a population of about 16,000 people with East Arnhem Regional Council serving a total of over 9000 people distributed through nine communities. Over the last 10 years, population has increased at a rate slightly above the national average in percentage terms. And with a growing population comes increased waste generation.

Nine communities – Angurugu, Galinwin’ku, Gapuwiyak, Gunyangara, Milingimbi, Milyakburra, Ramingining, Umbakumba, and Yirrkala – currently reside in East Arnhem Land, with five of these communities located on islands. Read more

Legal Eagle: NSW e-waste definition critically out of date

Legal Eagle: NSW e-waste definition critically out of date

The lack of definition is only the beginning. There are no regulations in NSW for the disposal, treatment and eventual fate of e-waste, meaning that it is likely to end up at the bottom of a landfill. This is highly undesirable since e-waste has both hazardous and valuable components which present challenges for dealing with e-waste and opportunities to further recycle. Read more

Peninsula sports reserve's solar-powered pressure sewer trial a success

Peninsula sports reserve’s solar-powered pressure sewer trial a success

The Peninsula ECO project involves the connection of more than 16,500 properties on the Mornington Peninsula to an intelligent pressure sewer network that is able to cope with the region’s peak season usage, while also tackling the issue of failing septic tanks that can cause pollution of ground water and waterways.

With Morning Peninsula Shire Council facing repairs to an ageing septic tank system serving the reserve’s busy club rooms, SEW saw an opportunity to showcase its solar powered pressure sewer technology, which uses solar PV panels as the source of energy for the pressure sewer pump and OneBox controller. Read more