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Three-bin systems - the new waste reform front

Three-bin systems – the new waste reform front

The key reasons preventing councils from implementing a three-bin kerbside service are uncertainty with respect to: cost to council; cost per household; waste diversion; and demonstrable environmental benefits. But these questions can be answered via quantifiable and repeatable economic analysis.

Recently, Bass Coast Shire Council (BCSC) in Victoria engaged MRA with similar concerns over the introduction of a kerbside organics service. MRA performed a full feasibility study, including a quadruple bottom line assessment, to quantify all aspects of the implementation of a FOGO service. Read more

US P2P energy sharing company sets up shop in Australia

US P2P energy sharing company sets up shop in Australia

LO3 Energy set up their office in Byron Bay as part of plans for a global rollout of demonstration microgrid sites based on the company’s proven P2P trading platform, which will be headed up by former Australian environmental finance professional Belinda Kinkead.

According to Kinkead, while the LO3 is certainly not the only company looking to develop P2P energy trading in Australia, it does arrive here with the advantage of having already delivered proof of concept in America. Read more

Is this the end of the Proximity Principle? Probably not.

Is this the end of the Proximity Principle? Probably not.

Last month, the EPA released draft construction and demolition waste reforms, which included the removal of the Proximity Principle that would impact other waste streams as well.

NSW EPA executive director, waste and resource recovery Steve Beaman, who spoke at a Waste Contractors and Recyclers Association of NSW (WCRA) breakfast briefing on November 8 on the C&D reforms, told attendees that the plan to remove the Proximity Principle was largely because people were “mucking around with it” and it became a challenge for the EPA. Read more

Australia Post set to trial EVs for delivery fleet network

Australia Post set to trial EVs for delivery fleet network

Plans for the EV trial follow the Australia Post’s $41 million before-tax profit this year, which was driven largely by strong growth in the parcels business and reduced losses in letters.

According to Australia Post head of network optimisation, letters & mail network Mitch Buxton, they decided to investigate the use of EVs due to the rise of online shopping and digital communication changing the types of products customers send through their network for delivery. Read more

Keep Wipes Out of the Pipes campaign gains international recognition

Keep Wipes Out of the Pipes campaign gains international recognition

Senior media and PR advisor at Sydney Water, Peter Hadfield, accepted the award in Singapore, and also made a presentation on the campaign at the Asia Pacific Communications Summit.

Inside Waste caught up with Hadfield when he returned to the country to get his thoughts on the recognition, how the campaign has gone thus far, what’s next, and what we’ve got to look forward to in this space.

Inside Waste: How important has it been getting the message out about the issues that we face associated with wet wipes being flushed? Read more

Improving profit margins in the face of global challenges

Improving profit margins in the face of global challenges

Inside Waste (IW) spoke to World First currency specialist Joe Donnachie to find out more about the platform, particularly how it is able to offer savings that the big four banks may not.

IW: How is World First meeting some of the unique challenges and demands of the sector? Donnachie: Price and time constraints are extremely tight for companies in the waste industry, so the 24-hour service World First provides is fundamental: clients can log into their tailored online trading platform at any time to place trades for overseas orders. Sudden moves in AUD/USD (or other currency pairs) can also make a huge difference to profit margins, therefore our currency specialists are dedicated to watching these movements and personally keeping clients updated. Read more

Legal Eagle: Will the proposed C&D reforms level the playing field?

Legal Eagle: Will the proposed C&D reforms level the playing field?

The purpose of the consultation paper is to consult industry on the proposed changes to the Protection of the Environment Operations (Waste) Regulation 2014 (NSW) (Waste Regulation). As many would be aware, the introduction of this legislation in 2014 was meant to “provide a level playing field for waste operators” but it is widely thought that this was not achieved.

The proposed amendments are promoted as being required to address the ongoing concerns in the construction and demolition waste sector and to meet the objectives of the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 (NSW) (POEO Act). Whilst the EPA has branded the proposed changes as being for the construction and demolition waste sector, it is apparent that, if legislated, the changes will extend to the operations of many more industry waste sectors. Read more

Bulletproof your business against climate change

Bulletproof your business against climate change

With the climate warming before our eyes, it’s clear that climate change is happening – with annual global greenhouse emissions continuing to rise, or at best starting to stabilise.

It’s going to get significantly worse before it gets better, given the long time (many hundreds of years in some cases) that greenhouse gases linger in the atmosphere. Read more

Is Australia ready for EfW?

Is Australia ready for EfW?

Manning, who chaired day one of the Waste Management Association of Australia’s (WMAA) national energy from waste conference on October 25 and 26, will be speaking at the Bioenergy Australia Conference in Brisbane this month on the potential for EfW in Australia.

She said her message to the delegates at the forthcoming conference will reiterate the consistent themes, topics and messages relayed at WMAA’s event. Read more

Scientists discover new catalyst to turn CO2 into ethanol

Scientists discover new catalyst to turn CO2 into ethanol

The researchers were originally attempting to make a material called grapheme but failed because they did not have the correct equipment.

Instead, they created another new hybrid material consisting of tiny spikes of carbon and copper spears on a surface of silicon, only a few atoms thick.

According to ORNL’s Adam Rondinone, lead researcher on the project, the new catalyst was discovered somewhat by accident when they were trying to study the first step of a proposed reaction, and instead realised that the catalyst was doing the entire reaction on its own. Read more