Following industrial action earlier this year, the TWU and the Central Coast Council have engaged in negotiations in a bid to protect local drivers and offer long-term employment certainty during the transition to the new contract, which has been slated to commence in February next year. The result is a number of entitlements and employment terms included in the tender documents aimed at protecting local workers (more here). Read more
The APC released a statement on June 9 on their website to officially announce Hyde’s departure from the organisation.
“Trish Hyde, APC’s CEO has left the company to pursue personal interests,” the APC said in their official statement.
“APC and the APC Board extends its gratitude to Trish for her dedicated leadership of the APC and wishes her the very best.” Read more
Queensland’s existing ag-plastic collections
DrumMUSTER commenced in 1998 and is an Australian-wide program for the collection and recycling of eligible (with logo) non-returnable chemical containers above one litre/kilogram and up to 205 litre/kilogram in declared content in the packaging of crop production and animal health products. Read more
Tourist and heritage railway groups who are currently using second hand timber sleepers to keep their tracks running are driving demand for an alternative sleeper material, as these groups can’t keep up with the maintenance of timber sleepers that currently only have a lifespan of five to 15 years.
Victorian manufacturer of composite recycled plastic products – Integrated Recycling – is involved with the recycled plastic sleeper project and is currently using their facility in Mildura to prove that plastic sleepers will be able to properly support trains. Read more
And on April 26, 2007, seven companies along with waste veteran Rick Ralph, came together to set up the Waste Recycling Industry Association of Queensland (WRIQ).
10 years on and WRIQ has made great leaps and bounds in and for the sector. In the June/July issue of Inside Waste, now ready for download, we sat down with WRIQ CEO Rick Ralph to reflect on the decade and celebrate the efforts of the association. Read more
The project will see the installation of 1253 individual 435w panels over the next three months on all available roof space of the hospital and maintenance shed, with a total system size of 545kW, and a cost of more than $1 million.
Friendly Society Private Hospital’s business development manager Stuart Bonnett, said that the increasing cost of electricity was one of the main drivers behind this initiative. Read more
Of the many plastics used in Queensland’s agriculture, approximately one-third can be readily recycled, for example, clean plastics such as trickle tapes and plastic packaging. However, plastic products such as mulches and silage wrap are often contaminated with soil and residual plant vegetation, with this contamination accounting for up to 70% by weight. Besides creating storage and transportation complications, the contamination results in higher collection and processing costs, making the end-of-life plastics unattractive to recyclers. Read more
Independent market research conducted by IPSOS for MobileMuster highlights that more people than ever before are reusing their mobiles. The research revealed that one in 10 are selling or trading in their old mobiles and one in six are giving them to family or friends.
One of the most popular ways to reuse old mobiles that still work is to sell them or pass them on to friends and family, and both outcomes mean that the life of the device is extended. Read more
A co-founder of the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA), Atkinson has built her career around the economics of urban sustainability, and was once the global head of sustainability for Lendlease.
With the theme of this year’s Oration being Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and cities, Atkinson drew upon her experience in the field as a sustainability strategist to highlight the climate positive actions occurring across cities in Australia and around the globe. Read more
Kanaar, who was responsible for the mobilisation and operation of the Banksmeadow Transfer Terminal development, told delegates that the main challenges were around getting the development operational, and going through the process to mobilise, operate and manage the facility. Read more