Inside Australia's new waste and recycling council - what it is, what it's not and what's next

Inside Australia’s new waste and recycling council – what it is, what it’s not and what’s next

For now, the council comprises five foundation members – Cleanaway, JJ Richards, Remondis, Suez, and Veolia – and convenor Max Spedding told Inside Waste invitations have been sent to seven other companies to join the council.

Inside Waste has received a copy of the invitation, which amongst other things, stipulates that membership will be open to companies that are a financial member of three or more state-based organisations.

“The reason for that is to try to make sure that council members are not state-focused in their business and understand the difficulties in operating across more than one state,” Spedding explained. Read more

Inside Waste (Dec): Boom time for organics

Inside Waste (Dec): Boom time for organics

In the December issue of Inside Waste, now ready for download, Malan says growth is in large part due to the money that is flowing out of state governments. Just last month, the NSW government announced that it was extending its Waste Less Recycle More initiative which received $465.7 million in phase one. $337 million will now be allocated to the levy-funded initiative to take it to 2018.

“The funds are directly flowing to our customers who are getting plant or equipment,” Malan said.

“That’s good news for us because it effectively cuts the price of our equipment and de-risks the project for our customers. Read more

Disrupting renewable energy for the property sector: Nu-tility

Disrupting renewable energy for the property sector: Nu-tility

Aspiring to effectively become a one-stop-shop for landlords and tenants looking to drive down building costs and operations, the business was started in 2014 by co-founder’s Daniel Barber and Toby Greenane.

The duo combine technologies, products and services – including energy audits, lighting upgrades, energy storage, and solar panel installations – to help clients reduce and manage their energy needs. Read more

Veolia assists Sydney Markets with becoming greener

Veolia assists Sydney Markets with becoming greener

Sydney Markets generates 12,000 tonnes of waste a year, and the increasing cost of waste disposal was a primary motivator in encouraging the markets to look at doing things differently.

Over the past decade, both organisations have been working together to find solutions to everything from the market’s general waste and recycling services, trucks and motorised equipment for waste collection and delivery, cardboard recycling, and daily site clean-ups. Read more

Where to from here, WA?

Where to from here, WA?

Bringing together some 25 people, which included CEOs and chairs of regional councils, Keep Australia Beautiful, and private waste operators, the WIA for the first time, offered the sector’s stakeholders an opportunity to speak to the shadow minister about a dozen or so topics and outline their views on the various waste and resource recovery activities in the state.

“From our perspective, it provided opportunities on both sides. One, it gave the shadow minister the opportunity to discuss directly with the heads of industry what it is he’s considering for the waste industry if he were to become the environment minister,” Tim Piper, director at the Australian Industry (Ai) Group, which established the WIA, told Inside Waste. Read more

Security interests gone in the blink of an external administration. Can you fix it?

Security interests gone in the blink of an external administration. Can you fix it?

The Personal Property and Securities Act 2009 (PPSA) has revolutionised the way security interests in personal property (as opposed to land) are treated in Australia.

Security interests and timeframes for registration

Some examples of security interests in personal property include:

  1. Retention of title clauses;
  2. Charging clauses; and
  3. Leases over goods and equipment with a duration of over 12 months.

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Support for C&D reforms; calls for better enforcement

Support for C&D reforms; calls for better enforcement

In October, the EPA released a suite of reforms in a bid to improve the quality and quantity of reusable C&D waste materials in the state, including the removal of the Proximity Principle, implementation of minimum inspection, sorting, recovering and handling standards, proper processing of C&D waste, and increased penalties for the unsafe transport of waste.

Consultation closed on November 17 and both the Waste Management Association of Australia (WMMA) as well as the Waste Contractors & Recyclers Association of NSW (WCRA) have submitted their recommendations and it appears that they are on the same page. Read more

The Bower goes from strength to strength

The Bower goes from strength to strength

Established in 1997, The Bower Reuse & Repair Centre began when a group of Sydney residents got together with aspirations to establish a reuse centre for household items.

They secured funding to build a warehouse – Sydney’s first straw bale construction – and over the years, The Bower has become an environmental charity and cooperative committed to stopping usable items from going to landfill.

In the past two years alone, The Bower has diverted around 291,108 tonnes of household furniture and goods away from landfill for reuse with their collection services workshops in Marrickville and Parramatta. Read more

OPPO stresses importance of product stewardship

OPPO stresses importance of product stewardship

Smartphone manufacturer OPPO has become the latest organisation to implement a better approach to managing the impacts of their various products and materials by joining up with the mobile telecommunications industry’s official recycling program MobileMuster, which provides a free take-back program for old mobiles and accessories to keep them out of landfill.

According to OPPO chief marketing officer Michael Tran, becoming a member of MobileMuster enables our customers to keep their old devices out of landfill, and instead recycle these products to put re-usable materials back into the supply chain. Read more