Mind the gap

Mind the gap

When he eventually left his last role at East Gippsland Shire in December 2016, Venkatraman, who considers human capital to be the most important asset of any organisation, was keen to use AWMS as a vehicle to drive training and development of operational staff, specifically those who worked on landfills. He told Inside Waste that having been …
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Life after DAF

Life after DAF

In mid-February, the Bioenergy Association and Bioenergy Australia jointly hosted a webinar where ADI Systems Asia Pacific’s Alzbeta Bouskova explored alternative disposal solutions for DAF sludge. ADI is a specialist in wastewater treatment and waste to energy systems, with offices in New Zealand, Canada, and Brazil. Bouskova told attendees that DAF is by far, ahead …
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Another notch in Wastech's belt

Another notch in Wastech’s belt

25 years on, Paul and Neil Bone have built a $30 million company specialising in custom engineered and manufactured solutions, complemented by a number of high quality brands, distributing waste and recycling equipment across Australia and New Zealand. The number of employees has also risen from five – the two Bones and three factory staff …
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Killing two birds with one stone through EcoPrinting

Killing two birds with one stone through EcoPrinting

It’s a problem faced daily by those in remote communities, low socio-economic status areas and disaster zones. One of the problems of poor utilities is that they tend to compound – water infrastructure can be hard to maintain without the roads, energy and communications networks to back it up. But a team at Deakin University …
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Dear minister, there's $100M right there for the taking

Dear minister, there’s $100M right there for the taking

At the end of January, new NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian unveiled her reshuffled cabinet which included a swapping of roles between former Environment Minister Mark Speakman and Attorney-General Gabrielle Upton. Upton has not only taken over the environment portfolio but is also the Local Government Minister – an interesting appointment given both are important and …
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Less talk, more action needed from govts: VWMA CEO

Less talk, more action needed from govts: VWMA CEO

In January this year, reports emerged that Visy would cease accepting some recyclable materials from February 9. The ABC reported that kerbside recycling collections run by Wheelie Waste on behalf of at least 10 Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Western Victoria would no longer find a home at Visy after this date. Allegedly, Visy is relying on …
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EfW - a sustainable solution?

EfW – a sustainable solution?

In the October issue of Inside Waste, Lee Bell from the National Toxics Network Australia, argued that EfW or waste incineration plants emit high levels of toxins. Questions have also been raised about the potential for EfW to cannibalise recycling, despite proponents insisting that only residual waste destined for landfill will be processed. So, amid the …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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