Just cast your eye to Victoria where not only has the state government launched a $2 million program to support the development of EfW technologies, some regional councils are investigating the viability of EfW including the City of Bendigo, while the Central Victorian Greenhouse Alliance and Hepburn Shire Council are in the midst of an EfW trial, and a business plan has been developed to expand this trial to 70 EfW, micropower stations across six regional shires. Then there’s Dial A Dump Industries’ proposal to build the $700 million The Next Generation facility in Eastern Creek, 35km west of Sydney. Read more
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
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
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
Kanaar, who was responsible for the mobilisation and operation of the Banksmeadow Transfer Terminal development, told delegates that the main challenges were around getting the development operational, and going through the process to mobilise, operate and manage the facility. Read more
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
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
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
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
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