Exploring the gold mine that is the Northern Territory

Exploring the gold mine that is the Northern Territory

And now, it appears that the government is taking steps to ensure that it works closely with industry to address the issues in the territory.

It has, for one, underwritten the broad costs of Waste, Recycling Industry Association NT’s (WRINT) Northern Territory Waste Management and Resource Recovery Conference that will be held in March and two ministers, including Minister for Environment Lauren Moss will be attending the event, which WRINT CEO Rick Ralph says is evidence that the current government is putting its money where its mouth is. Read more

Waste Opportunist: The coffee catch (c)up

Waste Opportunist: The coffee catch (c)up

In response, the UK has seen an industry-led ‘Paper Cup Manifesto’, promising to deliver single-use cups that take into account end-of-life recycling options, creation of specific collection schemes, and more discussion on how to prevent these cups ending up as litter. Whilst this is admirable, in my experience most industry-led initiatives usually only arise out of a fear of being regulated. Even pledging a minimum recycled content in a new breed of fully recyclable single use coffee cups or developing a new litter strategy to address this particular scourge seems to be missing the point. Or is it just me? Read more

50 going on 100

50 going on 100

In 1966, when scrap dealer Max Sell told Ross Parker, a young electrician working in a steel foundry, that he wanted to hang up his boots and head into retirement, Parker had a plan.

First, he decided to buy Sell’s trucks for £2000 – equivalent to some AU$50,000 today – but proposed that Sell stick around for six months to teach him the ropes.

Together, Sell and Parker and their two trucks travelled across Sydney buying scrap, with Sell introducing Parker as his son-in-law given back in the day, the scrap business was a rather personal one. Read more

Talking shop with Stan Krpan

Talking shop with Stan Krpan

Krpan has spent five years at the helm of SV and is now ready to charge forward in his new term as CEO.

Inside Waste spoke to Krpan to find out what’s in store for SV and the sector as a whole.

IW:  2015-16 was a big year with the release of a number of documents, policies, and the like. What can the sector expect from SV in 2017? Read more

Tracking EMRC's WtE journey

Tracking EMRC’s WtE journey

However, EMRC’s director of waste services Stephen Fitzpatrick hopes that the lessons learnt in the process might help others who have the same aspirations to enter the wood waste to energy space.

Fitzpatrick fronted a crowd of delegates in Sydney at the WMAA Energy from Waste national conference in October 2016, speaking about the technological and regulatory considerations EMRC had to go through during the development of the Hazelmere plant.

In March, the plant received environmental approval from the WA EPA. Read more

Ageing kerbside collections

Ageing kerbside collections

The stats

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) surveys information from people with disability, carers and older people to determine not only how ageing impacts a person’s life, but how the combination of age and other factors affect the quality of life a person experiences (see the Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers [SDAC]). Within this survey, older people are defined as those aged 65 years or over. Read more

Closing the wheelie bin loop

Closing the wheelie bin loop

Astron Plastics Group has been recycling plastic for more than 30 years, with facilities in Melbourne, Brisbane, and Sydney. While it also recycles damaged wheelie bins, this has so far been done on an ad hoc basis and the service has not been widely promoted to the industry. Astron now wants to change that, largely due to a growing demand from bin manufacturers for recycled plastic resin.

At the moment, Astron recycles some 1000 tonnes of bins a year but its aim is to bump that up to 3000 tonnes. Read more

Dealing with post collection contamination

Dealing with post collection contamination

Jeffries receives more than 150,000 tonnes of organics annually and processes the material into quality compost, soil, and mulch that are then supplied to resellers across metropolitan Adelaide and horticultural customers throughout South Australia.

Managing director Martin Jeffries, who spoke at the Waste Management Association of Australia’s (WMAA) Waste South Australia 2016 conference at the end of September, told Inside Waste knowledge around the effectiveness of using compost has improved and it is in large part due to the industry “pushing hard” on marketing the benefits both business and industry-wide. Read more

Suez wins $40M contract in novel procurement process

Suez wins $40M contract in novel procurement process

Council told Inside Waste the contract will ensure national best practices are implemented at the Hogan’s Pocket landfill and Paget Transfer Station, including the bulk waste haulage between the two locations.

Key aspects of the new contract arrangements include:

  • A new “next generation” industry-leading high productivity haulage fleet aimed at maximising legal payloads and equipped with intelligent transport systems to maximise productivity, efficiency and safety;
  • An optimised leachate management system including bespoke additional onsite containment infrastructure;
  • The latest machine control technology and incentivised operational targets to maximise void space and increase the life of the landfill asset;
  • A significant reduction in the use of virgin quarry products through the use of innovative landfill cover and performance management systems; and

Incorporation of national and international best practices through implementation of a “world class” environmental management system. Read more

Farewell 2016, hello 2017

Farewell 2016, hello 2017

As the year comes to a close, Inside Waste turned to the sector’s experts – the heads of the major waste and resource recovery associations in Australia – and asked them to reflect on the year gone by as well as share their expectations for 2017.

We posed three questions to Waste Contractors & Recyclers Association of NSW executive director Tony Khoury, Australian Council of Recycling CEO Grant Musgrove, Waste, Recycling Industry Association (Qld) CEO Rick Ralph, Waste Industry Alliance (Vic) head Tim Piper, Australian Organics Recycling Association executive officer Peter McLean, and Australian Landfill Owners Association CEO Max Spedding – we also approached Waste Management Association of Australia CEO Gayle Sloan but she was unable to respond at press time. However, in an interview with Inside Waste earlier this month, Sloan highlighted some of WMAA’s key goals for 2017. More here – and here’s what they have to say. Read more