The Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy initiative aims to move away from the current ‘take-make-dispose’ plastics economy towards one based on circular economy principles. The vision for such a system is that plastics are kept in the economy and out of the environment. Read more
Speaking to Inside Waste after winning the Waste Management Association of Australia Innovation Award for automation at the facility at the 2017 Australian Landfill and Transfer Stations conference in March, Council’s manager – waste services, Troy Uren, said the decision to build the facility wasn’t based on a desire to be innovative. Instead, they were focused on their customers and how to better deliver services to the community as well as the operational aspects of running a facility.
Tapping into more than 20 years of waste management operations experience, including as a consultant who saw many mistakes made across the country, Uren decided that Council needed to bite the bullet and build a facility that avoided the mistakes made in the past. A key factor was to focus on the operational issues, rather than only focusing on engineering issues when designing a site, and construct a transfer station that could remain standing and efficient for decades to come. Read more