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

Support for C&D reforms; calls for better enforcement

Support for C&D reforms; calls for better enforcement

In October, the EPA released a suite of reforms in a bid to improve the quality and quantity of reusable C&D waste materials in the state, including the removal of the Proximity Principle, implementation of minimum inspection, sorting, recovering and handling standards, proper processing of C&D waste, and increased penalties for the unsafe transport of waste.

Consultation closed on November 17 and both the Waste Management Association of Australia (WMMA) as well as the Waste Contractors & Recyclers Association of NSW (WCRA) have submitted their recommendations and it appears that they are on the same page. Read more

The Bower goes from strength to strength

The Bower goes from strength to strength

Established in 1997, The Bower Reuse & Repair Centre began when a group of Sydney residents got together with aspirations to establish a reuse centre for household items.

They secured funding to build a warehouse – Sydney’s first straw bale construction – and over the years, The Bower has become an environmental charity and cooperative committed to stopping usable items from going to landfill.

In the past two years alone, The Bower has diverted around 291,108 tonnes of household furniture and goods away from landfill for reuse with their collection services workshops in Marrickville and Parramatta. Read more

The factors that lead to better compaction

The factors that lead to better compaction

Speaking candidly to Inside Waste, Cat industry specialist Ayden Piri noted that Australia and New Zealand citizens generate some 3kg of waste per person per day, which equates to more than 30 million tonnes of waste every year.

“This large volume of waste has forced nations to build almost 400 landfills in these countries. The cost to build a landfill in the region varies from AU$5 million to AU$8 million per million cubic metre (100x100x100 meters space) so it’s quite costly to build a new landfill,” Piri said. Read more

So you want energy from waste?

So you want energy from waste?

Under its legislation, the CEFC has access to $2 billion a year for five years and it is currently in its fourth year. To date, the CEFC has accessed $8 billion, of which it has invested about $2 billion. And among its target client sectors sits waste, bioenergy, and agriculture.

“Our funding is not use it or lose it. We’re not under pressure to do deals that aren’t ready to be done. But at the same time, part of our role is to accelerate the markets. The point there is that we’re not capital constraint, we’re project constraint,” Henry Anning, director – CEFC Corporate and Project Finance told delegates who attended the conference. Read more

Is this the end of the Proximity Principle? Probably not.

Is this the end of the Proximity Principle? Probably not.

Last month, the EPA released draft construction and demolition waste reforms, which included the removal of the Proximity Principle that would impact other waste streams as well.

NSW EPA executive director, waste and resource recovery Steve Beaman, who spoke at a Waste Contractors and Recyclers Association of NSW (WCRA) breakfast briefing on November 8 on the C&D reforms, told attendees that the plan to remove the Proximity Principle was largely because people were “mucking around with it” and it became a challenge for the EPA. Read more

Is Australia ready for EfW?

Is Australia ready for EfW?

Manning, who chaired day one of the Waste Management Association of Australia’s (WMAA) national energy from waste conference on October 25 and 26, will be speaking at the Bioenergy Australia Conference in Brisbane this month on the potential for EfW in Australia.

She said her message to the delegates at the forthcoming conference will reiterate the consistent themes, topics and messages relayed at WMAA’s event. Read more