Paradigm shift makes waste managers out of water utility

Paradigm shift makes waste managers out of water utility

The facility was strategically constructed next to their Aurora sewage treatment and recycled water treatment plants, as well as local food manufacturers and a wholesale market. It is designed to divert 33,000 tonnes of waste per year from landfill as well as power both Aurora treatments plants. Any surplus energy will be contributed to the grid.

The project emerged at the tail-end of the millennium drought in 2011 as recycled water was becoming a part of Yarra Valley Water’s services, presenting a significant increase in energy costs. Commenting on the business case, manager waste to energy services Damien Basset said electricity generation was critical. This involved taking assets off the grid as feeding directly into the grid did not stack up economically. Read more

Tracking NSW's infrastructure needs

Tracking NSW’s infrastructure needs

Between 2002- 03 and 2010-11, the volume of waste that was recycled rose from 5.3 million tonnes to 10.8 million tonnes. Significant investment in new recycling infrastructure has played a big part in this jump and over the years, independent infrastructure needs analyses commissioned by the NSW EPA has helped inform the development of Waste Less Recycle More (WLRM) I and the approval of the second initiative.

In July, NSW EPA manager waste and recycling infrastructure, Robbie Beale, presented the findings of the regulator’s latest waste and resource recovery infrastructure needs analysis conducted by KMH at the Waste Management Association of Australia’s NSW Branch mid-year industry update seminar. Read more

Perth WtE facility one step closer

Perth WtE facility one step closer

The proposed project at the East Rockingham site will use HZI’s proprietary moving grate combustion technology which has been installed in more than 500 projects worldwide.

New Energy business development manager, Miles Mason, told Inside Waste the joint venture with HZI, formed in October last year, was a logical step after its own gasification technology didn’t meet council requirements. Read more

Steward of change: stewardship for safety and environment

Steward of change: stewardship for safety and environment

Consumer appetite for stewardship schemes that meet a clear need and are also equitable in their coverage nationwide, is strong and ever-increasing, but not always uncomplicated and adequately funded. Some are mature and meet community expectations, while others are nascent and in development. Recent history has also shown us that not all product stewardship schemes are straightforward to design, fund and implement. Read more

Closed Loop close in on Vic award nominations

Closed Loop close in on Vic award nominations

The Grand Hyatt Melbourne has been nominated for the Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards in the large business category for becoming the first five-star hotel in the state to install a Closed Loop CLO300 system to remove food waste from the general waste stream.

Closed Loop’s sister company, The Farmer’s Place (a small working farm, cafe and farmers’ market), is also a finalist in the Premier’s Sustainability Awards in the small and medium enterprises category. The output of their CLO30 unit is used to grow the vegetables which are served at the cafe; any food waste from cafe meals is fed back into the system, demonstrating continual closed loop action in practice. Read more

Unique splicing solutions offer greater availability

Unique splicing solutions offer greater availability

Minet Lacing Technology (MLT) has in the past, predominantly serviced the mining sector but it sees “great potential” in the waste and resource recovery space and wants to offer operators greater availability when it comes to the repair of their conveyor belts.

At present, MLT Asia Pacific boasts a number of major end users, from Visy to Sims Metal Recycling, and it is easy to see why these companies have turned to MLT Asia Pacific. Read more

Back to basics until "Fourth Industrial Revolution"

Back to basics until “Fourth Industrial Revolution”

Accepting their award at a small gathering in the Sydney APCO office, HP sustainability manager Lynn Loh attributed hard work and going back to basics to their win.

“There are always marketing spins around sustainability that you can adopt, but really going back to the basics is just a lot of hard work. We go back to our core focus areas to design packaging solutions that use less material, optimise shipping densities, and contain more recycled and recyclable content,” Loh told Inside Waste. Read more

Creating a profitable circular economy

Creating a profitable circular economy

We may, for the most part, have a successful kerbside collection system but French company 3Wayste has a vision to simplify household waste sorting and has a plant in France that is capable of sorting and recycling municipal solid waste from a single collection while ensuring 90% diversion from landfill. Currently this system complements a two-bin system, recyclables and waste.

In July, the 3Wayste team flew from their bases in France and Canada to meet with the Australian sector about their patented 3Wayste system, saying the conditions here were ripe. Read more

Best practice landfill management

Best practice landfill management

To answer these questions, Inside Waste turned to Select Civil, an established landfill services provider that operates a number of sites across Australia, including Cleanaway’s Melbourne Regional Landfill and SUEZ’s Hallam Road site, both in Victoria.

In order to meet the demands of these large landfills, Select Civil operates a fleet of waste handling bulldozers, waste compactors, articulated dump trucks as well as a range of track loaders, trucks and excavators. However, in addition to its fleet, the company has also not shied away from using technology, specifically Cat’s computer aided earthmoving systems (CAES) to ensure best practice operations and to meet its clients’ demands. And according to Cat, Select Civil has been the “best implementer” in the region. Read more

Mapping the world's waste

Mapping the world’s waste

And Australia’s very own Kat Heinrich, senior consultant at SA-based Rawtec, is heading up the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) Young Professionals Group, which is currently mapping the world’s biggest waste challenges, a project that will be launched at the 2017 ISWA World Congress in Baltimore in September.

Heinrich gave Inside Waste a sneak peek into the project, saying the team has so far received 1200 responses from waste experts and professionals across 91 countries to identify the world’s biggest waste challenges. Read more