De.mem expands into Australia with acquisition of Akwa-Worx

De.mem expands into Australia with acquisition of Akwa-Worx

De-mem designs, builds, owns and operates de-centralised, customisable and high-quality wastewater treatment systems for its clients. Established in 2002, Akwa-Worx is a water and wastewater treatment original equipment manufacturing (OEM) business focused on the design and construction of packaged systems for the Australasian market, with customers that include a number of leading corporations from the Australian mining sector.

The acquisition further establishes De.mem as a strong player in the market for de-centralised water treatment in the Asia-Pacific region and provides a number of strategic growth opportunities. Read more

Steward of change: stewardship for safety and environment

Steward of change: stewardship for safety and environment

Consumer appetite for stewardship schemes that meet a clear need and are also equitable in their coverage nationwide, is strong and ever-increasing, but not always uncomplicated and adequately funded. Some are mature and meet community expectations, while others are nascent and in development. Recent history has also shown us that not all product stewardship schemes are straightforward to design, fund and implement. Read more

Battery ban off the table after industry roundtable "consensus"

Battery ban off the table after industry roundtable “consensus”

Standards Australia said it had gathered together a group of senior industry and government leaders to get the introduction of residential on-site battery storage standards back on track, at what is a crucial time of growth for the industry.

“There was unanimous agreement in the room of the need to both encourage the uptake of new technology and manage community safety expectations,” said Bronwyn Evans, Standards Australia CEO.

“The clear path forward set today will see us working hard and working together to get the relevant standards in place as soon as we can.”  Read more

Q&A: introducing Bioenergy Australia's new CEO

Q&A: introducing Bioenergy Australia’s new CEO

Inside Waste (IW): What drew you to applying for the role of Bioenergy CEO?

McKenzie: My background has been working for organisations that I feel can make a strong contribution to Australia and the direction I feel the country should be going in. I was incredibly attracted to this role in terms of the potential of what bioenergy could be doing in Australia – obviously we aren’t anywhere near achieving what we could be achieving if you compare us to European countries and other areas. For me it was really about being able to be a part of this energy transformation in Australia and making sure that bioenergy isn’t missing in that conversation. Read more

Bioenergy: a circular economy approach

Bioenergy: a circular economy approach

So why the circular approach?

It is worth exploring what the circular economy is and why Australia needs to shift to circular patterns of design and consumption. According to the MacArthur Foundation, the circular economy is based on a few simple principles: design out waste; build resilience through diversity; rely on energy from renewable energy sources; think in ‘systems’; and utilise waste streams as inputs. Read more

Sydney Water's biosolids generating energy and helping NSW farmers

Sydney Water’s biosolids generating energy and helping NSW farmers

The process of digestion used to generate biosolids produces electricity to help power Sydney Water’s treatment plants. In 2015-16 Sydney Water produced around 21% of its total energy requirements through the treatment of biosolids. In 2016-17 around 60GWh of renewable energy came from biosolids treatment. Sydney Water also exported around 4GWh to the electricity grid over the year.

Through this process, Sydney Water is producing onsite energy to power the equivalent of over 11,000 homes each year, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by over 70,000 tonnes a year. Read more

Closed Loop close in on Vic award nominations

Closed Loop close in on Vic award nominations

The Grand Hyatt Melbourne has been nominated for the Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards in the large business category for becoming the first five-star hotel in the state to install a Closed Loop CLO300 system to remove food waste from the general waste stream.

Closed Loop’s sister company, The Farmer’s Place (a small working farm, cafe and farmers’ market), is also a finalist in the Premier’s Sustainability Awards in the small and medium enterprises category. The output of their CLO30 unit is used to grow the vegetables which are served at the cafe; any food waste from cafe meals is fed back into the system, demonstrating continual closed loop action in practice. Read more

Cold recycling with foamed bitumen - a pioneering formula

Cold recycling with foamed bitumen – a pioneering formula

Roads that are subjected to continuous and heavy traffic often show signs of damage that extend down to the road base. To eliminate this damage, the entire road needs structural rehabilitation. Full re-use of the milled material as well as its cost-effective treatment make cold recycling with foamed bitumen – a process pioneered and decisively shaped by Wirtgen over the past 30 years – environmentally friendly and economical. Read more

Unique splicing solutions offer greater availability

Unique splicing solutions offer greater availability

Minet Lacing Technology (MLT) has in the past, predominantly serviced the mining sector but it sees “great potential” in the waste and resource recovery space and wants to offer operators greater availability when it comes to the repair of their conveyor belts.

At present, MLT Asia Pacific boasts a number of major end users, from Visy to Sims Metal Recycling, and it is easy to see why these companies have turned to MLT Asia Pacific. Read more

Gold Coast's water services implement TaKaDu to boost network efficiency

Gold Coast’s water services implement TaKaDu to boost network efficiency

TaKaDu is being integrated as part of a strategic move by Gold Coast to invest in its water distribution network, including increasing the number of district metered areas (DMA) and the introduction of a new SCADA system. Gold Coast is the third utility in Queensland deploying TaKaDu.

TaKaDu offers a proven IoT solution for the water industry that helps to optimise operational efficiency and improves water management across the board. They offer the most comprehensive integrated event management platform, which is based on big data analytics and sophisticated algorithms. Read more