Waste 2017: the future of waste management and resource recovery

Waste 2017: the future of waste management and resource recovery

Some 550 delegates are spending the next two days in Coffs Harbour for Waste 2017 and welcoming them this morning was Tim Silverwood, co-founder and CEO of Take 3.

Silverwood, who is chairing Wednesday’s session, highlighted in his welcome speech that times and attitudes towards waste management are changing. Read more

Insights from inside the EPA: top five tips for managing your response to an investigation

Insights from inside the EPA: top five tips for managing your response to an investigation

I spent around 10 years advising the NSW EPA on compliance action and running major prosecutions in the waste industry. In that time, I saw some companies that managed the EPA exceptionally well and some that didn’t – often with very different outcomes. Now, when clients come to see me about problems they are having with a government regulator like the EPA, often the approach they have taken has been counterproductive. I’ll let you in on a secret. It often isn’t about what happened but how the relationship is managed after that point. Read more

Canon aims to be greener with new sustainability initiatives

Canon aims to be greener with new sustainability initiatives

Canon believes it is important to clarify the priority of initiatives when setting environmental goals based on correct understanding of the potential impacts they have on its business activities and the environment.

In addition to its own business activities – such as development, production and sales – Canon seeks to understand the overall picture of environmental impacts through all stages of the product lifecycle – from the manufacture of raw materials or parts by suppliers to transport to retailers and use by the end customer. Read more

Levies, market fairness, and planning on the NWRIC's agenda

Levies, market fairness, and planning on the NWRIC’s agenda

Council CEO Max Spedding told Inside Waste the group achieved a general consensus on where policy for the industry should go and it now has a program that will take the council through to October, “when we expect to have everything in place”.

At the inaugural meeting, representatives from Alex Fraser Group, Cleanaway, JJ Richards and Sons, Solo Resource Recovery, Sims Metal Management, Toxfree, SUEZ, Remondis, Resource Co, and Veolia, addressed background issues that will form the council’s broad policy statement. Its original roadmap will now be revised and published shortly. Read more

Waste Opportunist: Training professional drivers in Australia's waste management and recycling sector

Waste Opportunist: Training professional drivers in Australia’s waste management and recycling sector

Professional drivers play a critical role in the waste and recycling industry. Environmental and efficiency factors, which have led the need to improve methods of waste collection and recycling, have seen the emergence of new technologies, greater specialisation, and continued growth in the industry. The waste recycling driver’s role reflects these changes with more specialised vehicle equipment types, increased use of technology such as on board cameras, joystick operations and in-cab data terminals, and greater need to identify, handle and segregate waste for specific recycling processes. Waste industry drivers operate vehicles that range in size from utes and vans, through heavy rigid, and up to single articulated and B-double trucks and trailers. These operations are conducted by a wide range of both small and large businesses, as well as local councils who may engage their own workforce or have contractor arrangements.   Read more

A busy year for Victoria

A busy year for Victoria

A year on, Inside Waste was curious about the progress, if any, and changes that the minister had made, particularly around its proposed e-waste to landfill ban, waste to energy – interest seems to be ramping up in the state – and planning and integration.

We posed a number of questions to D’Ambrosio and here’s what her spokesperson had to say. Read more

Biome becomes first Australian retailer to be awarded B Corp certification

Biome becomes first Australian retailer to be awarded B Corp certification

B Corp certification recognises purpose-driven businesses that run with the highest level of transparency and accountability, and are committed to improving social and environmental conditions for all.

B Corps are driven by the value they add to the wider community and not-for-profits which operate at a higher social and environmental level, while considering and being responsible for the impacts of their business.  Read more

Competition issues in purchasing

Competition issues in purchasing

It is well understood that competition is the process by which rival businesses strive to maximise their profits by developing and offering desirable goods and services to consumers on the most favourable terms. The CCA enhances the welfare of Australians through the promotion of competition and fair trading and provision for consumer protection.

The issue that is considered here is whether, when two organisations in the local government sector seek to jointly purchase a service to maximise their buying power, is that anti-competitive? Read more

Legal Eagle: State significant development applications for the waste Industry explained

Legal Eagle: State significant development applications for the waste Industry explained

A proposed development is classified as State Significant Development (SSD) if it is listed in Schedule 1 of the State Environmental Planning Policy (State and Regional Development) 2011 (SRD SEPP), or if it is declared to be SSD by order of the Minister for Planning. Examples of SSD under the SRD SEPP include:

  • development for the purpose of resource recovery or recycling facilities that handle more than 100,000 tonnes per year of waste;
  • development for the purpose of remediation of land that is category 1 remediation work on significantly contaminated land if it is required to be carried out under relevant legislation; and
  • development that has a capital investment value of more than $30 million for the purposes of manufacture of paper or cardboard, paper recycling, etc.

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