Inside Waste (Feb): A tight race to the top

Inside Waste (Feb): A tight race to the top

Six years ago, Inside Waste launched the annual review and over that time, it’s been a process of constant refinement.

If you have followed the review since its inception (thank you for your support!), you’ll notice that this year, the survey was only sent to non-consultants, meaning consultancies big or small were not allowed to participate. Firms that slipped through the cracks were removed at the end of the survey. Read more

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 be the world’s leading exporter of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) by 2020.  Read more

Green Box Thinking: Outcomes from the APC think tank

Green Box Thinking: Outcomes from the APC think tank

Say the word green to most people and they think of trees, the environment, the earth, and sustainability.

However, before you reach for a tree to hug, we need to challenge this belief.

Dr Leyla Acaroglu (2016 UNEP Environment Champion of the Earth), speaking at the Australian Packaging Covenant’s (APC) inaugural Packaging Sustainability Think Tank last month, reinforced the true meaning of sustainability. Read more

Leading IoT solutions provider Sierra Wireless will deliver modules for Telstra's upcoming Cat-M1 network using Altair's LTE platform to enable Landis+Gyr's first live smart meter trial on the new network. Telstra's group managing director of networks Mike Wright is excited to be working with their partners to trial the first Cat-M1-enabled smart meter on the new network. "These smart meter trials will mean we can get the benefits of Cat-M1, such as low power consumption and deep coverage out to the market even quicker," Wright said. Telstra is the first to complete network software deployment nationally to enable one of the world's largest Cat-M1 IoT footprints, and has commenced localised Cat-M1 trials in Australia. According to Landis+Gyr's Australia, New Zealand and South East Asian CEO Adrian Clark, the Cat-M1 technology is absolutely critical for the organisation's smart meters. "Sierra Wireless' modules made it easy to migrate from 3G to Cat-M1 technology seamlessly, allowing us to take part in early trials and get to market quickly with solutions that take advantage of Cat-M1 network features," Clark said. "We are really excited by the results and the role this partnership plays in Landis-Gyr's rollout of the next generation of advanced metering infrastructure." The Cat-M1 network has the ability to connect a wide variety of new and existing IoT solutions and services such as wearables, water meters, agri-sensors, smart appliances, asset monitoring, industrial automation, and more. Cat-M1 technology enables lower cost devices greater breadth and depth of coverage, and up to 10 years of battery life for many use cases, while leveraging the secure existing LTE infrastructure. Senior vice president and general manager of embedded solutions at Sierra Wireless, Dan Schieler, believes the Cat-M1 network makes LTE the superior option for connecting IoT solutions nationwide. "With improved coverage and battery life, the Cat-M1 network will benefit existing applications and enable many new ones," Schieler said. "Our HL7749 Cat-M1 module provides another CF3 form factor option for our customers operating their devices on Telstra's network, allowing them to quickly and cost-effectively migrate their connected IoT products or services from 2G, 3G, or 4G to Cat-M1." Utility customers rely on robust coverage to ensure the success of smart metering rollouts, and the Cat-M1 network is perfectly suited for this. When deployed on a 4G network, the solution will continue to be enhanced to significantly extend breadth and depth of coverage, while balancing data speed and latency. Altair's vice president of worldwide marketing and sales Eran Eshed is proud to continue to spearhead wireless IoT semiconductor development with the latest Cat-M1 standards, and looks forward to working with the project partners in this endeavour. "This cooperation with three innovative ecosystem partners enabled the most significant milestone to date on the path to commercial readiness."

Bringing forth the IoT era in Australia

Leading IoT solutions provider Sierra Wireless will deliver modules for Telstra’s upcoming Cat-M1 network using Altair’s LTE platform to enable Landis+Gyr’s first live smart meter trial on the new network.

Telstra’s group managing director of networks Mike Wright is excited to be working with their partners to trial the first Cat-M1-enabled smart meter on the new network. Read more

Legal Eagle: Resource recovery orders and exemptions - how do they work?

Legal Eagle: Resource recovery orders and exemptions – how do they work?

Currently, there are two separate types of documents that set out the strict conditions required to be met before specific types of waste can be used for a particular purpose. These are called resource recovery orders and resource recovery exemptions which are made under clauses 91 to 93 of the Protection of the Environment Operations (Waste) Regulation 2014 (NSW).

Resource recovery orders outline conditions that must be met by generators and processors of waste in order to lawfully supply recycled waste for the purposes of land application, use of the waste as fuel or in connection with a process of thermal treatment. Resource recovery exemptions set out the conditions that must be met by consumers and receivers of recycled waste who wish to apply this waste to land, or use the waste as fuel or in connection with a process of thermal treatment. Read more

ANU study finds 100% renewable energy is Australia's cheapest option

ANU study finds 100% renewable energy is Australia’s cheapest option

Led by ANU’s Andrew Blakers, Bin Lu and Matthew Stocks, the study suggests that with most of Australia’s current fleet of coal generators due to retire before 2030, a mix of solar PV and wind energy that is supported by pumped hydro storage would be the cheapest option for the country moving forward.

According to ANU lead researcher Professor Andrew Blakers, the zero-emissions grid would mainly rely on wind and solar PV technology, with support from pumped hydro storage, and would eliminate Australia’s need for coal and gas-fired power. Read more

In conversation with Dale Gilson

In conversation with Dale Gilson

Inside Waste caught up with Gilson to find out more about the man behind the wheel.

IW: Tell us more about yourself… what were you doing before joining TSA?

Gilson: My working career began by spending 13 years in a third generation small business my family owned. It began as an IBM typewriter dealership (the kind you now see in antique shops) and progressed to sales and service of photocopiers, printers and facsimile machines. This is where I first learnt about customer service which was has been of great benefit to me as I moved in to the not-for-profit sector. Read more

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 as well as key aspects of the new contract arrangements. But these key aspects, specifically haulage and leachate management, are worth digging into. Read more

Mobile Conversations: Can social causes motivate us to recycle more?

Mobile Conversations: Can social causes motivate us to recycle more?

You would think that recycling would be a priority for most of us.

Not only does recycling help recover much needed precious resources that can be reused, but it also helps us declutter – that in itself will make us feel good.

So then why aren’t more Australians recycling? Why are we holding onto old, broken and unwanted gadgets? Read more

Effective monitoring is key to effective wastewater odour control

Effective monitoring is key to effective wastewater odour control

Spreading urban areas are increasingly occupying what until now have been odour buffer zones that separated houses and treatment infrastructure.

As a result, operators are having to allocate more resources to odour monitoring and control.

A key challenge they face is that most environmental management systems focus only on the collection and storage of information. Read more