Keeping NSW litter-free

Keeping NSW litter-free

In July, KNSWB will be hosting its Litter Congress at the Kirribilli Club in Lavender Bay and Inside Waste (IW) caught up Keep Australia Beautiful chair Val Southam to find out more about what the organisation is doing to tackle the litter issue, and what the congress hopes to achieve.

IW: Do you think NSW will meet the government’s 40% reduction in litter target by 2020 and how? Read more

TWU: it's not about wage rates, it's about job security

TWU: it’s not about wage rates, it’s about job security

Following industrial action earlier this year, the TWU and the Central Coast Council have engaged in negotiations in a bid to protect local drivers and offer long-term employment certainty during the transition to the new contract, which has been slated to commence in February next year. The result is a number of entitlements and employment terms included in the tender documents aimed at protecting local workers (more here). Read more

Inside Waste (June/July): Celebrating a decade in Queensland

Inside Waste (June/July): Celebrating a decade in Queensland

And on April 26, 2007, seven companies along with waste veteran Rick Ralph, came together to set up the Waste Recycling Industry Association of Queensland (WRIQ).

10 years on and WRIQ has made great leaps and bounds in and for the sector. In the June/July issue of Inside Waste, now ready for download, we sat down with WRIQ CEO Rick Ralph to reflect on the decade and celebrate the efforts of the association. Read more

Concerns raised over Central Coast tender

Concerns raised over Central Coast tender

Central Coast Council’s 10-year contract with Remondis will come to an end in January next year and Council told Inside Waste it had invited tenders but was unable to comment on ongoing the tender process. It did however, point to a media statement released in March, which said: “On 24 March 2017 the Transport Workers Union (TWU) and the Central Coast Council participated in confidential mediation, at the request of the Minister for Local Government, the Hon Gabrielle Upton MP.  Read more

Strength in numbers

Strength in numbers

Thus, in October that year, Maitland City Council turned to its neighbours – Cessnock and Singleton – to discuss the viability of implementing a regional contract for the collection and processing of organics. It was quickly determined that a regional contract was indeed the only financially sustainable option for the three councils to deliver a kerbside organics collection and processing service to their communities. Read more

Waste 2017: Achieving better outcomes in new builds

Waste 2017: Achieving better outcomes in new builds

NSW EPA senior project officer Marcelle Psaila, who spoke at the conference, said the regulator has been working to achieve better outcomes in waste management planning, detailing some of its efforts particularly in new builds.

The NSW scene

NSW’s population is growing and it’s forecasted to hit 9.9 million by 2036 with the Sydney Metropolitan Area expected to grow from 4.6 million people to 6.4 million by that same year. Read more

Vic budget: wasted opportunity?

Vic budget: wasted opportunity?

Released last week, the budget paper noted that Victoria’s economy is “one of the strongest in Australia” and had experienced a 3.3% growth in 2015-16, which is above the national average of 2.7% over the same period.

In 2017-18, Victoria’s operating surplus is estimated to be $1.2 billion, with surpluses averaging $2.4 billion over the forward estimates, which the government said put the state in a “strong financial position”. Read more

Waste 2017: the future of waste management and resource recovery

Waste 2017: the future of waste management and resource recovery

Some 550 delegates are spending the next two days in Coffs Harbour for Waste 2017 and welcoming them this morning was Tim Silverwood, co-founder and CEO of Take 3.

Silverwood, who is chairing Wednesday’s session, highlighted in his welcome speech that times and attitudes towards waste management are changing. Read more

Levies, market fairness, and planning on the NWRIC's agenda

Levies, market fairness, and planning on the NWRIC’s agenda

Council CEO Max Spedding told Inside Waste the group achieved a general consensus on where policy for the industry should go and it now has a program that will take the council through to October, “when we expect to have everything in place”.

At the inaugural meeting, representatives from Alex Fraser Group, Cleanaway, JJ Richards and Sons, Solo Resource Recovery, Sims Metal Management, Toxfree, SUEZ, Remondis, Resource Co, and Veolia, addressed background issues that will form the council’s broad policy statement. Its original roadmap will now be revised and published shortly. Read more