Planet Ark provide councils packaging recycling label webinars

Planet Ark is increasing its efforts to educate Australians about Australasia Recycling Labels, including councils and educators.

In partnership with the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO), the Australasian Recycling Label has entered into a new phase which will allow more companies to adopt it. Organisations such as Australia Post, Blackmores, Nestlé, Unilever and Woolworths have already pledged their commitment to the label.

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It has been designed to be easy to understand and show what needs to be done with each piece of packaging to dispose of it in the best way.

Because councils play an important part in the recycling process and are the source of the evidence base used by the label, Planet Ark is hosting a series of free webinars in the coming weeks.

Council and waste industry staff members that are interested can sign up by clicking here.

Webinars are planned for the following dates:

  • August 28 – 11am AEST
  • September 4 – 11am AEST
  • September 12 – 1pm AEST
  • September 20 – 1pm AEST

Planning for national solar panel product stewardship underway

Research for a national product stewardship program for photovoltaic systems, which include solar panels, is underway.

Research for a national product stewardship program for photovoltaic systems, which include solar panels, is underway.

Sustainability Victoria has appointed product stewardship consultant Equilibrium to analyse and assess potential options for a national product stewardship to help manage end of life products.

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Photovoltaic (PV) panels and associated products and equipment have been identified as a rapidly growing e-waste stream in the future. For the project, “PV systems” have neem defined to include panels and PV system accessories such as inverter equipment and energy storage systems.

Equilibrium has opened an online survey to gather input and information form manufacturers, installers, project developers, the energy industry, and peak bodies.

The information gathered by the survey along with other evidence gathered will support the assessment of potential options.

Organisations and individuals interested in the project can complete the survey here.

City of Ballarat signs waste to energy agreement with MRCB

A due diligence study can now be undertaken for the construction of a $300 million municipal waste to energy plant in the Ballarat West Employment Zone.

It comes as a result of the City of Ballarat signing a Waste to Energy Heads of Agreement with the Malaysian Resources Corporation Berhad (MRCB).

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The City of Ballarat has been planning for a waste to energy facility for five years, which would divert 60 per cent of the city’s waste into an energy source for industries and reduce the current regional landfill’s environmental impacts.

Currently, 30,000 tonnes of waste are deposited in the landfill each year, with waste disposal costing more than $18 million per year.

It is estimated that the plant would increase the size of Ballarat’s economy by $202 million through building and flow on effects, with about 420 jobs created during construction and 120 ongoing jobs.

MRCB’s technology partner, Babcock and Wilcox Volund, built its first waste to energy plant in 1931 and has gone on to build more in the United States, China, Sweden, Ireland, Denmark, Malaysia and Korea.

City of Ballarat Mayor Cr Samantha McIntosh said the Western region was already a leader in renewable energy production, particularly wind energy, but this announcement would further enhance its standing.

“Signing this Heads of Agreement means we are one significant step closer to a Waste to Energy plant in Ballarat that would be a regional solution to our waste reduction issues while providing an affordable and reliable energy source,” Cr McIntosh said.

“It would also be a driving force in attracting industries and employment to BWEZ by delivering a uniquely competitive advantage.”

“We will also maintain our commitment to minimising waste through continual education about re-use and recycling.”

MRCB’s Group Managing Director Imran Salim arrived from Kuala Lumpur to witness the Heads of Agreement signing by Ravi Krishnan, CEO of MRCB International.

“MRCB is delighted to be in Ballarat and looks forward to working closely with the City of Ballarat and the wider community on providing a world class facility,” Mr Salim said.

New solar powered composter for Canberra community

A new solar powered composter has been unveiled at the Canberra Environment Centre to launch the Canberra Community Composting project.

The composter was purchased by the centre after it received a $24,200 grant from the ACT Government’s Community Zero-Emissions Grants program.

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Food scraps can be dropped off at the Environment Centre to be processed by the new machine, nicknamed The Hungry Composter. The project aims to support members of the community who feel as if they don’t have the time, space or knowledge to compost at home.

The Hungry Composter is able to process 100 litres of mixed waste a day, including paper, cardboard, food scraps and green waste. It is solar power, odourless, continuous-feed system that processes food scraps into ready-to-use compost within 10-14 days.

Community members need to register with the Environment Centre before disposing of their waste for composting.

ACT Government Sustainability Programs Senior Manager, Ros Malouf said it was a fantastic example of a community group working with the ACT government to implement a project which will have significant benefits for both residents and the environment.

“In addition to generating nutrient rich soil, composting is a great way to reduce emissions. Organic material sent to landfill produces methane, a greenhouse gas that is approximately 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide.”

More than $1.1M invested in Victoria’s recycling sector

Three recycling companies are set to share more than $1.1 million from the Victorian Government to fast track upgrade projects.

The Recycling Industry Transition Support fund is designed to boost the sector’s capacity to capture and reprocess plastics, paper and cardboard waste to a commercial grade acceptable to local and international markets.

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Australian Paper Recovery at Dandenong South will receive $475,000 as part of the company’s $1.2 million equipment upgrade, which includes new waste paper sorting and compaction equipment.

Polymer Processors, Braeside will receive a $500,000 grant as part of a $3.2 million upgrade, which will allow the company to purchase new plastic washing equipment and accept a wider range of plastics.

The grant will also support an upgrade of waste water treatment and increase processing capacity of plastics by 800 kilograms per hour.

Tambo Waste in Bairnsdale will receive a $130,000 grant to upgrade its equipment and lift its annual production by 800 tonnes and to enable future expansion by another 5000 tonnes a year.

The project will aim to create jobs, reduce contamination in processed plastic, paper and cardboard, and lift material to a commercially acceptable grade for local and international markets.

The funding is part of a $13 million package to help councils and the recycling sector.

Victorian Environment Minister Lily D’Ambrosio said the government is helping Victoria’s recycling sector adjust to changes in world recycling markets.

“These grants will help reprocess more than 48,000 tonnes of plastic, paper and cardboard each year and create 19 jobs in Melbourne and Gippsland,” she said.

ISSA Cleaning and Hygiene Expo

The ISSA Cleaning and Hygiene Expo takes place on the 29 and 30 August at the International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour Sydney.

The free-to-attend event has expanded, attracting more than 70 local and international exhibitors, with a plan to showcase cutting-edge products and innovative services. The event will also showcase a new Cleaning and Restoration Wing dedicated to the restoration, carpet and upholstery cleaning industries.

  • There is also double the executive education sessions to the last event, with two simultaneous speaker theatres on the show floor offering 28 complimentary sessions. Topics including:
  • Business topics such as the future of selling, tendering tips, occupant wellness hot buttons, human resources/industrial relations liability advice, leveraging business technology and more.
  • Technical topics, including fibre identification, safe chemical handling, preventative maintenance secrets, green cleaning insights and transmission of bacteria in healthcare.
  • Panel discussions taking place between industry stakeholders which will expand the number of professionals for visitors to tap into on topics such as healthcare cleaning needs, company culture and technological trends.

Keynote speaker, John Eales who is hailed as one of the all-time great Rugby Union players will also explain to attendees how they can leverage lessons learnt as one of the game’s most successful captains, along with his business experience, to help attendees find a winning strategy.

The Australasian Waste & Recycling Expo (AWRE) has also co-located with the ISSA Cleaning and Hygiene Expo. ISSA attendees will have access to this exhibition and its complimentary show floor education.

In addition, there will be networking events, workshops, one-on-one consults and more.

Click here to register now for this event.

 

Genox Vision Series Single Shaft shredders

The versatile Genox Vision Series Single Shaft shredders can be used in a range of challenging applications, including plastics, timber/wood, paper and cardboard, copper, aluminium, textiles and foams.

Standard features include a v-cutting rotor design with staggered cutter positioning and heat-treated rotor knives. Long life, adjustable fixed blades ensure cutter clearance can be maintained. Rotor speeds operate at 80 revolutions per minute across the V500, V600 and V800 models, with throughputs ranging between 300 to 5000 kilograms per hour, depending on the machine model, material type, screen size and application.

A classifier screen allows for accurate control over the particle size, in addition to a force-feeding ram with a segmented shredding chamber floor.

A powerful driving system includes shock absorption to reduce stress on drive performance. The rotor is equipped with multiple knives to shred the material against counter knives. In addition, dual speed hydraulics allows for a fast return of the ram to maximise throughputs.

Shredder settings are customisable via an electrical control panel, which features a standalone control cabinet, dual mode operation and intelligent programming to assist during overload scenarios and auto-shutdown.

Equipment from Genox Recycling Technology is available in Australia exclusively through Applied Machinery, with a machine distributed for practically all size reduction and recycling applications.