Time for NSW government to address long-distance transport of waste

Time for NSW government to address long-distance transport of waste

Hosted by the Waste Contractors and Recyclers Association of NSW (WCRA), those in attendance included representatives from major players in the sector, such as JJ Richards, Dial A Dump Industries, Remondis, and SUEZ.

Convenor, NewsMediaWorks’ executive director of environment, Dr Tony Wilkins, opened the forum stating that the industry is seeking to work with government to find solutions to the interstate waste transportation issue. Disappointingly, while the NSW EPA was in attendance, no one from the NSW government – Office of Environment and Heritage or other – attended the forum. Read more

Is a waste collection ship the solution to Pacific's waste issues?

Is a waste collection ship the solution to Pacific’s waste issues?

However, the island nations’ small populations across a wide geographical divide throughout the Pacific Ocean presents particularly unique challenges. In this context, what is the most appropriate waste management infrastructure? Where should it be located? And where should the waste’s final destination be?

These are the questions the Pacific Regional Infrastructure Facility (PRIF) has been grappling with and has engaged consultant Anne Prince to investigate. Read more

A show of leadership and determination

A show of leadership and determination

Kim Glassborow, partner at G&B Lawyers, which sponsored the event, told Inside Waste that “the brilliant and inspiring leadership of women in the waste industry” were showcased at the breakfast and that close to 100 members were in attendance, all keen to hear from The Hon Penny Sharpe (MLC), Shadow Minister for the Environment, Tracy Chalk, waste and resource recovery manager at Penrith City Council, and Sarah Mandelson CEO of Serendipity Ice Cream.

“It was a truly impressive lineup of speakers who shared stories of determination and clear leadership, which are highly relevant values for women in the waste industry today,” Glassborow said. Read more

Lights out for recycling at Christmas?

Lights out for recycling at Christmas?

But this year is shaping up to be a little different. Christmas tree lights get a lot of turnover, because once a few bulbs go out, they’re cheap enough to dispose of and replace rather than fix. Traditionally, they’ve been one of those single-item streams, collected at drop-off points by businesses or charities, that get sent in bulk to a specialised processor.

And as with many things in this industry, those specialised processors are often located in China. With the recent crackdown on waste imports with contamination rates above 0.5%, following on from 2013’s Green Fence and 2017’s National Sword initiatives, the post-use chains of many such items are in question (as, to be fair, is much of the industry). Read more

Kwinana WtE update: tech provider picked; construction to commence

Kwinana WtE update: tech provider picked; construction to commence

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

Kwinana WtE update: tech provider picked; construction to commence

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.

The plant is expected to be completed in 2021 and Dyson noted that commissioning will begin six months ahead of that in 2020.

For now, Phoenix Energy is signing off on all relevant construction and financing contracts, which will have to be completed by the end of March. Read more

App nation – powering waste diversion

Inside Waste spoke to the people behind four waste apps accessible Australia-wide to hear about their progress and plans for 2018.

ShareWaste

It was a Facebook experiment that led to the creation of ShareWaste, a website and app which connects those who don’t have the time, space or composting know-how, with those that have backyard chickens, worm farms, or compost and bokashi bins – plus room for more waste. Read more

Injecting value: are we getting enough from our medical waste?

Consider, in comparison, the kind of waste receptacles you might expect to see in the typical Australian workplace. One bin for mixed recycling, another for paper and cardboard, and a third for landfill would be pretty typical. A collection point for e-waste, soft plastics or even organics wouldn’t surprise. Depending on the industry, some high-volume problem wastes also might find a home – batteries, printer cartridges, chemical containers, coffee grounds or pods.

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Where we're at with the NSW CDS

Where we’re at with the NSW CDS

While the map is now up – there were concerns a week ago about the lack of details –  there are still some questions on who will or should profit from the scheme.
Who should profit? 

Questions have been raised about which entity should be eligible to earn the refund values, MRFs or C&I waste collectors, as this is not factored into the MRF protocol. Read more

NSW needs fresh e-waste definition

NSW needs fresh e-waste definition

In December 2016, in Glassborow’s Inside Waste Legal Eagle column, she raised the problems caused by a lack of a statutory definition of e-waste. Since the article was published, there has still been no progress on the regulation of this unique waste stream.

Khoury has recently also spoken out, requesting that the NSW EPA provide a clear definition of e-waste as e-waste should be defined as a Special Waste within the NSW Waste Classification Guidelines. Read more