The government of Western Australia is seeking feedback on improving environmental legislation in the state.
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has approved up to $9.41 million in funding for the construction and operation of a facility that will turn biogas from sewage into hydrogen and graphite.
Acciona has been awarded the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract to build an energy from waste (EfW) plant in Western Australia.
The Western Australian Waste Authority has appointed five new members for three-year terms, which Environment Minister Stephen Dawson said reaffirmed the state’s focus on waste management.
Cleanaway has a long MRF history, introducing the first facility to WA almost two decades ago. Its latest multi-million-dollar high tech plant is a step forward in infrastructure and technology and the company has said it can and will deliver some of the highest diversion rates in Australia. And has it? Read more
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
“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
The City’s waste management cost per resident was found to be less than the state and national average. Resident living in the City of Swan were shown to dump almost 14% less rubbish than the average council in WA.
Mayor David Lucas says the City of Swan’s achievements were possible due to the fact that the city, along with all the other members of the East Metropolitan Regional Council (EMRC), takes waste and recycling very seriously. Read more
In the October issue of Inside Waste, Lee Bell from the National Toxics Network Australia, argued that EfW or waste incineration plants emit high levels of toxins. Questions have also been raised about the potential for EfW to cannibalise recycling, despite proponents insisting that only residual waste destined for landfill will be processed. So, amid the chatter, who’s right and who’s wrong?
In NSW, an inquiry into EfW technologies was established in April with the next hearing scheduled in November. Many, including EfW technology solutions supplier Hitachi Zosen Innova Australia’s managing director Dr Marc Stammbach, have made submissions to Parliament. Read more
Speaking to Inside Waste about what will be Australia’s first WtE plant, Phoenix Energy managing director Peter Dyson said the construction timeline has been set for 36 months and he is confident that all will go smoothly.
“At this stage, the contractors do not have any concerns about orders as they have sorted out the main ticket items,” Dyson said. Read more