Dealing with post collection contamination

Dealing with post collection contamination

Jeffries receives more than 150,000 tonnes of organics annually and processes the material into quality compost, soil, and mulch that are then supplied to resellers across metropolitan Adelaide and horticultural customers throughout South Australia.

Managing director Martin Jeffries, who spoke at the Waste Management Association of Australia’s (WMAA) Waste South Australia 2016 conference at the end of September, told Inside Waste knowledge around the effectiveness of using compost has improved and it is in large part due to the industry “pushing hard” on marketing the benefits both business and industry-wide. Read more

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 transport systems to maximise productivity, efficiency and safety;
  • An optimised leachate management system including bespoke additional onsite containment infrastructure;
  • The latest machine control technology and incentivised operational targets to maximise void space and increase the life of the landfill asset;
  • A significant reduction in the use of virgin quarry products through the use of innovative landfill cover and performance management systems; and

Incorporation of national and international best practices through implementation of a “world class” environmental management system. Read more

Farewell 2016, hello 2017

Farewell 2016, hello 2017

As the year comes to a close, Inside Waste turned to the sector’s experts – the heads of the major waste and resource recovery associations in Australia – and asked them to reflect on the year gone by as well as share their expectations for 2017.

We posed three questions to Waste Contractors & Recyclers Association of NSW executive director Tony Khoury, Australian Council of Recycling CEO Grant Musgrove, Waste, Recycling Industry Association (Qld) CEO Rick Ralph, Waste Industry Alliance (Vic) head Tim Piper, Australian Organics Recycling Association executive officer Peter McLean, and Australian Landfill Owners Association CEO Max Spedding – we also approached Waste Management Association of Australia CEO Gayle Sloan but she was unable to respond at press time. However, in an interview with Inside Waste earlier this month, Sloan highlighted some of WMAA’s key goals for 2017. More here – and here’s what they have to say. Read more

Turning challenges into opportunities

Turning challenges into opportunities

Covering some 34,000 square metres, the region has a population of about 16,000 people with East Arnhem Regional Council serving a total of over 9000 people distributed through nine communities. Over the last 10 years, population has increased at a rate slightly above the national average in percentage terms. And with a growing population comes increased waste generation.

Nine communities – Angurugu, Galinwin’ku, Gapuwiyak, Gunyangara, Milingimbi, Milyakburra, Ramingining, Umbakumba, and Yirrkala – currently reside in East Arnhem Land, with five of these communities located on islands. Read more

A step forward for GDT

A step forward for GDT

GDT’s Destructive Distillation process is able to convert end-of-life tyres – a wasted resource and environmental hazard – into high demand valuable raw material by recycling the materials into oil, carbon and steel.

QUT mechanical engineers tested the oil extracted from the old tyres and found that when blended with diesel it would produce a fuel with reduced emissions and no loss of engine performance – more here. Read more

How energy from waste can help the Australian generation mix, emissions intensity and network stability

How energy from waste can help the Australian generation mix, emissions intensity and network stability

Whereas previously annual growth in peak demand (the relevant metric for network investment) could be taken as given, consumption which relies on the grid has largely stalled since 2012 due to a perfect storm of improvements in efficient home appliances and lighting, widespread adoption energy efficiency improvements including insulation in existing housing, and rooftop PV installation, improved heating, cooling and water efficiency in new homes, adoption of in-home demand-side management systems, and economy-wide shifts from manufacturing to service industries. (See Figures 1 & 2) Read more

Inside Australia's new waste and recycling council - what it is, what it's not and what's next

Inside Australia’s new waste and recycling council – what it is, what it’s not and what’s next

For now, the council comprises five foundation members – Cleanaway, JJ Richards, Remondis, Suez, and Veolia – and convenor Max Spedding told Inside Waste invitations have been sent to seven other companies to join the council.

Inside Waste has received a copy of the invitation, which amongst other things, stipulates that membership will be open to companies that are a financial member of three or more state-based organisations.

“The reason for that is to try to make sure that council members are not state-focused in their business and understand the difficulties in operating across more than one state,” Spedding explained. Read more

Inside Waste (Dec): Boom time for organics

Inside Waste (Dec): Boom time for organics

In the December issue of Inside Waste, now ready for download, Malan says growth is in large part due to the money that is flowing out of state governments. Just last month, the NSW government announced that it was extending its Waste Less Recycle More initiative which received $465.7 million in phase one. $337 million will now be allocated to the levy-funded initiative to take it to 2018.

“The funds are directly flowing to our customers who are getting plant or equipment,” Malan said.

“That’s good news for us because it effectively cuts the price of our equipment and de-risks the project for our customers. Read more

Where to from here, WA?

Where to from here, WA?

Bringing together some 25 people, which included CEOs and chairs of regional councils, Keep Australia Beautiful, and private waste operators, the WIA for the first time, offered the sector’s stakeholders an opportunity to speak to the shadow minister about a dozen or so topics and outline their views on the various waste and resource recovery activities in the state.

“From our perspective, it provided opportunities on both sides. One, it gave the shadow minister the opportunity to discuss directly with the heads of industry what it is he’s considering for the waste industry if he were to become the environment minister,” Tim Piper, director at the Australian Industry (Ai) Group, which established the WIA, told Inside Waste. Read more