Legal Eagle: environmental liability between principal contractors and subcontractors

Legal Eagle: environmental liability between principal contractors and subcontractors

Bettergrow, a waste management facility in Vineyard, NSW, specialising in processing drilling slurries, biosolids, garden organics, food waste, and grease trap waste, received two loads of asbestos contaminated drillers mud in March 2016, which had originated from the refurbishment of an electricity substation owned by Transgrid in Beaconsfield, Sydney.

Bettergrow was not licensed under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 (NSW) to accept asbestos contaminated waste. Read more

Raising a toast to an industry pioneer

Raising a toast to an industry pioneer

And in that same year, the much loved and respected Waste Contractors and Recyclers Association of NSW (WCRA) was founded.

Remembering the early days

Three years had passed since World War II came to an end and as WCRA member ‘Wick’ Hanlon recounted 20 years on at an association convention in 1968: “[1948] was the time when most of us shed our uniforms after preventing the Japanese from stealing our lands, our homes, our heritage. The trade unions were becoming more active in their demands for better pay and conditions and it was necessary for us as employers to have a voice in such things.” Read more

Metal recyclers losing revenue because of new legislation: WCRA

Metal recyclers losing revenue because of new legislation: WCRA

On March 1, the regulatory model approved by the state government in September 2016, began and amongst the regulatory measures were a requirement for businesses dealing in scrap metal to be registered with the Commissioner of Police, an obligation for scrap metal dealers to keep and maintain records of transactions, and the need to report suspicious transactions to police (the full list of regulatory measures can be found here). Read more

Legal Eagle: Parliamentary Inquiry - EfW technology

Legal Eagle: Parliamentary Inquiry – EfW technology

Further to this, matters including illegal dumping and the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) were additionally discussed in the inquiry and final report.

Illegal dumping

Illegal dumping has been described by the NSW EPA as ‘the disposal of waste larger than litter on land or in water without the appropriate environment protection licence or planning approvals’. Some of the penalties for illegal dumping include on-the-spot fines, fines and additional daily penalties, ranging from $15,000 to $1,000,000 dependent on whether the offender is an individual or corporation. Read more

Lightning in a bottle

Lightning in a bottle

In fact, the numbers point to a fairly popular program, what with 150 million drink containers already refunded at time of press and daily volumes averaging well over two million a day, a figure that is reportedly on the rise. And while there was concern over the lack of information on where collection sites would be located two weeks before the December 1 roll-out, today, more than 500 points, which include reverse vending machines (RVMs), over-the-counter collection points, and automated depots, have been set up by network operator, joint venture TOMRA Cleanaway. Read more

Legalities of improper waste disposal and treatment

Setting new standards

The success of these councils’ landfill diversion efforts is in large part due to Halve Waste, a public awareness and education program launched in 2010 and delivered with assistance by MRA Consulting Group to engage the whole community in efforts to reduce waste and increase recycling. Albury City Council (ACC) has taken the lead in the project as its Waste Management Centre (AWMC) is the central facility for waste disposal for the six participating councils. Read more

DADI: EfW report rejection "hardly surprising", but vows to fight on

DADI: EfW report rejection “hardly surprising”, but vows to fight on

The NSW parliamentary inquiry report into EfW technology recommended that his proposed Eastern Creek project, The Next Generation [TNG], not be approved. It also recommended updated assessment of EfW proposals, based on EU guidelines.

However, Malouf told Inside Waste that “we were pleased to see that the Inquiry seems to have accepted all of the recommendations we made about the planning process… [and] the availability of waste data”, as well as “the interstate disposal of waste”. Read more

The resilient landfill

The resilient landfill

At 47.3°C, a bit of slip, slop, slap was more than warranted. But Penrith didn’t sizzle alone. Wilcannia and Richmond, both in NSW, also flirted with 47°C that same day. Queensland had its equal second-warmest January ever. And the mean maximum temperature across Victoria was 3.17°C above average.

This year is already shaping up to be hotter than 2017, which was our third-warmest – and that’s despite the onset of a La Niña pattern at the start of summer. By this point, however, we should all be accustomed to the new normal of constant record-breaking heat. Read more

The sweet spot

The sweet spot

Up until last year, SPS founder Wayne Jupp was also the managing director of SRS Roads, a road construction, pavement maintenance services provider, and it was in 1996 that Jupp purchased his first suction broom, driven by the lack of adequate sweeping contractors at the time. The next logical move was to set up SPS to contract street sweeping services back to SRS Roads (later acquired by COLAS). Read more