Modern challenges for asbestos removal

The use of asbestos was banned in Australia in 2004 immediately after the industry recognition of the life-threatening dangers associated with the inhalation of asbestos fibers. Medical conditions resulting from exposure to asbestos can take as long as 10 to 20 years to reveal themselves. Despite this ban, Australians still suffer from the consequences of existing buildings containing asbestos.

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Shoalhaven’s waste solution: a viable alternative or a step back on the industry’s efforts?

Facing the danger of reaching landfill capacity within 12 years, Shoalhaven City Council undertook an extensive process of consultation to find an economically and environmentally sound solution to the region’s waste issues. This process led council to Poland-based Bioelektra and its RotoSTERIL technology for utilisation in its new facility.

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Waste-fuelled power plant aims to solve regional Australia’s energy issues

After 11 years of research, the Rainbow Bee Eater (RBE) group have invented a waste-fuelled power plant that uses biomass to create clean burning fuel gas and electricity in a single step, with the aim of solving power generation and reliability issues in regional Australia, without the need for government subsidies or grants to be cost-effective.

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Saving kerbside recycling

It has now been over a year since China introduced its National Sword policy to restrict the importation of kerbside recyclable materials from the rest of the world. The purpose of the policy was to increase the recovery of domestically generated recyclables within China and further boost its own manufacturing. The new rule is a 0.5 per cent contamination rate in Australian exported material. Few Australian Materials Recovery Facilities (MRF) were built for that level of purity.

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