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The problem of illegal dumping

The problem of illegal dumping

Case study: refining the definition of waste Clients regularly ask MRA why they need a waste licence for an activity which on the face of it might not look like waste processing. Recent Land and Environment Court (LEC) and Court of Criminal Appeal (CCA) decisions have clarified the meaning of “waste” in NSW and it …
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NSW council amalgamations - lessons, trends, considerations

NSW council amalgamations – lessons, trends, considerations

On May 12, two proclamations under the Act commenced and 19 newly amalgamated councils began operations, including Armidale Regional Council, the merger of Armidale Dumaresq and Guyra Shire Councils, Inner West Council, comprising Ashfield, Leichhardt Municipal and, Marrickville Councils, and CanterburyBankstown Council, merging Bankstown City and Canterbury City Councils. 12 merger proposals are pending and …
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Giving insights into what prompts significant change in water management

Giving insights into what prompts significant change in water management

Wastewater infrastructure enables cities to develop economies to grow and communities to thrive, but is also a major source of global greenhouse gas emissions – primarily due to inherent inefficiencies. According to a new research paper by Xylem, Australian provider of water and wastewater solutions, the answers to some of these challenges are already available today, with …
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Top tips for planning recycling communications

Top tips for planning recycling communications

The Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (SSROC) was faced with this challenge after being awarded funding to deliver a set of five region-wide waste campaigns across its population of 1.6 million people, including one focused on improving household kerbside recycling. SSROC planned to commission an agency to develop strong marketing and communications strategies for …
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Insights into GHD's transformational engineering projects in WA

Insights into GHD’s transformational engineering projects in WA

The project diverts water from Bayswater Brook into the reconstructed wetland, which passively treats the water and reduces pollutants flowing into the Swan River. The project is expected to prevent 1.35t of nitrogen, 200kg of phosphorous, and around 40t of sediment and other rubbish from entering the river. Key considerations and advice (technical/technology/processes, etc) provided …
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Building momentum to drive improvement

Building momentum to drive improvement

Come October, Venhoek will celebrate his first anniversary as CEO of Suez in Australia and New Zealand. He told Inside Waste he “really liked” Australia’s ambition and drive, as well as the acknowledgement from clients, stakeholders, and colleagues that the industry could change for the better. Venhoek is an industry veteran, entering the sector in 1992 after …
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Industry "blindsided" by waste tracking charges

Industry “blindsided” by waste tracking charges

The charge is associated with the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection’s Connect service launched last month. Connect includes the ability to track waste online, which Environment Minister Dr Steven Miles said would make it more efficient for operators to lodge regulated waste transport data and track their operations in an easy-to-use online platform. The department …
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