Time for action: getting industry out of the corner

Speaking to industry players including NSW EPA director waste and resource recovery Steve Beaman, ACOR CEO Grant Musgrove, WCRA executive director Tony Khoury, Polytrade Rydalmere manager Nathan Ung, Bingo Industries CEO Daniel Tartak and Dial A Dump chief executive Ian Malouf, Four Corners’ “Trashed” showed viewers scenes of waste management practices, saying these would “seriously threaten the community’s …
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Closing the loop of Magnetic Island

Speaking to Inside Waste after winning the Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA) Transfer Stations Excellence Awards at the 2017 Australian Landfill & Transfer Stations Innovation and Excellence Awards in March, Matt McCarthy, manager of Townsville City Council’s Waste Services, said the facility has been a long time coming and a lot of planning and work was …
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Ban the bag and cash for trash: new waste reduction and recycling laws in Queensland

In recent years, bans on lightweight plastic bags have been implemented in South Australia, the Northern Territory, the Australian Capital Territory and Tasmania, while South Australia, New South Wales and Western Australia all have container deposit schemes. Queensland Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection Steven Miles introduced the Waste Reduction and Recycling Amendment Bill 2017 into the …
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Waste Opportunist: Closing the plasticulture loop in QLD (part 2)

Waste Opportunist: Closing the plasticulture loop in QLD (part 2)

Queensland’s existing ag-plastic collections DrumMUSTER 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. Chemical users pay a 4-cent per litre or …
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Waste Opportunist: Closing the plasticulture loop in QLD (part 1)

Waste Opportunist: Closing the plasticulture loop in QLD (part 1)

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 …
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Waste Opportunist: The salt of the earth

Waste Opportunist: The salt of the earth

In January 2015, Queensland began exporting Coal Seam Gas (CSG, otherwise known as coal bed methane) to Asian markets. The volumes with these exports are expected to realise 1400BCF in 2017 alone, and combined with gas (including off-shore conventional gas) developments in Western Australia and the Northern Territories, are expected to ensure Australia’s elevation to …
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Future-proofing Mackay's operations

Future-proofing Mackay’s operations

In December, Inside Waste spoke to Council about the seven-month evaluation period and procurement process two years in the making that would ensure best practices are implemented at the Hogan’s Pocket landfill and Paget Transfer station, including bulk waste haulage between the two locations (see Related Articles). At the time, Inside Waste provided an overview of the procurement process …
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Ageing kerbside collections

Ageing kerbside collections

The stats The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) surveys information from people with disability, carers and older people to determine not only how ageing impacts a person’s life, but how the combination of age and other factors affect the quality of life a person experiences (see the Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers [SDAC]). Within …
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Suez wins $40M contract in novel procurement process

Suez wins $40M contract in novel procurement process

Council told Inside Waste the contract will ensure national best practices are implemented at the Hogan’s Pocket landfill and Paget Transfer Station, including the bulk waste haulage between the two locations. Key aspects of the new contract arrangements include: A new “next generation” industry-leading high productivity haulage fleet aimed at maximising legal payloads and equipped with intelligent …
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Biogas: The ugly duckling of renewable energy

Biogas: The ugly duckling of renewable energy

While the golden children of the renewables sector – wind and solar, will likely take the early glory and admiration of the public, many questions remain as to which other technologies will fill the void. While it’s widely known that wind turbines don’t produce power with no wind, and solar panels don’t produce power without …
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