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Mandurah aiming to further improve on recycling bin contamination rates

Mandurah aiming to further improve on recycling bin contamination rates

The campaign comes as the nation is hit with the Chinese import ban, which has sent local governments around Australia into a logistical nightmare when it comes to waste management as they become overwhelmed with their own rubbish.

The City contracts the delivery of its waste management services to Cleanaway through an Alliance style contract, which according to Mandurah mayor Rhys Williams is an Australian first in local government.  Read more

Incineration in Asia - a viable solution?

Incineration in Asia – a viable solution?

According to the World Bank, municipal solid waste (MSW) generation is going to double by 2025, keeping in mind that OECD countries are still producing the majority of that waste. In Asia, the current average waste generation is approximately 0.9kg/capita/day and is set to increase to 1.5kg/capita/day as the economy develops. The current waste production in Asia stands approximately at 738,000 tons/day and will increase to 1,865,000 tons/day in 2025. The waste disposal in this region will be one of the major challenges in the years to come. Read more

Capturing organic growth

Capturing organic growth

ELB, through its Komptech and Diamond Z brands, distributes a range of turners, drum screens, separators, shredders, star screens as well as horizontal and tub grinders. It is also a long-time supporter of the Australian Organics Recycling Association (AORA).

Against the gorgeous backdrop of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, managing director Christopher Malan caught up with Inside Waste about the growth and opportunities in this space, saying the company’s new name is reflective of the changes that the business has undergone over the last decade, when it first commenced its partnership with Komptech. Read more

Bundaberg assures residents of continued recycling collection

Bundaberg assures residents of continued recycling collection

The China Sword Policy has reduced significantly the return obtained for paper commons by Council’s MRF operator and there is now no market for the lowest grade of plastics that were previously recycled. This totals approximately 220 tonnes of material that will not be able to be recycled at this stage per year.

China’s lower intake of recyclables from foreign countries means there has to be a stronger effort to slash waste.  Read more

Better separation of glass from kerbside will improve Australia's recycling

Better separation of glass from kerbside will improve Australia’s recycling

“In key countries in Europe with high recycling rates and high reprocessing of high-quality materials, they have different ways of handling their kerbside, and for us in Australia, given China has closed its borders permanently to unsorted material, we have to come up with a better system that’s going to deliver the material to their requirements,” Millicer said.

“The biggest contamination in co-mingled collections in Australia, if you talk to any MRF operators, is broken glass. It is absolutely awful for its impact on paper and cardboard in particular, and to some extent to plastic, which end up covered in shards of fine glass. Read more

The broader effects of China's import ban in WA

The broader effects of China’s import ban in WA

“The SMRC’s MRF is continuing to operate in the same capacity as it was prior to the China import ban and it not currently stockpiling or landfilling any recyclable material,” Youe continues.

“However, the SMRC can’t speak for other MRF operators in WA on their current situation. Negative press throughout the media damages the public’s confidence in kerbside recycling and there has been substantial media coverage surrounding the impacts being felt from the China import ban.  Read more

AB InBev going against the grain with its circular economy thinking

AB InBev going against the grain with its circular economy thinking

The sustainable technology was developed in AB InBev’s Global Innovation and Technology Centre (GITeC) in Leuven, and helps advance the company’s new Global Sustainability Goals 2025 initiative, which was recently announced in March this year.

With this technology, the brewer – who owns 500 beer brands around the world including Budweiser, Corona, Stella Artois, Beck’s and Hoegaarden – takes another positive step towards the development of the circular economy that the company has committed to. Read more

Coffs 2018: day two panel recap

Coffs 2018: day two panel recap

The keystone of Waste 2018, day two’s panel discussion on China’s National Sword policy, was much anticipated.

Ably hosted by Mike Ritchie of MRA Consulting, speakers included:

• Brooke Donnelly, CEO of the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO)

• Courtney Bertram, head of the NSW EPA’s new Strategic Waste Programs team

• Dr. James Turnell, waste management program leader at Armidale Regional Council and deputy chair of RENEW NSW

• Stan Krpan, CEO of Sustainability Victoria

• Susy Cenedese, Strategy Manager at Local Government NSW

• Tony Khoury, executive director of the Waste Contractors and Recyclers Association of NSW (WCRA) Read more

Keeping the sector insured

Keeping the sector insured

These fires, like the one at SUEZ’s Chullora Resource Recovery Park in south-west Sydney as well as the incident at SKM’s recycling plant in Coolaroo, Victoria in February, captured the industry’s and community’s attention. And why would they not? Smoke blanketed the area and hours were spent trying to put out the fires.

But it’s more than attention, operational down time, evacuations, material damage and potential injuries – thankfully no one was hurt in the two fires in February – that these fires cause. The increased prevalence of these incidents has made obtaining insurance far more challenging. Read more

Steward of change: making product stewardship circular

Steward of change: making product stewardship circular

The media coverage is challenging the status-quo and forcing a re-set on waste avoidance and resource productivity, and this is never a bad thing. Recycling and waste management policy has hit mainstream media in city and country, and on a regular basis eg. War on Waste and 4Corners’ Trashed.

The China policy impacts serve a positive and illuminating role to help improve local capacity and capability, albeit through a process that has revealed patchy planning, inadequate investment and insufficient effective policy reform. Read more