September 2018

Dressta TD-20M LA crawler dozer

Dressta TD-20M LA crawler dozers were made for all methods of waste disposal, tearing through ground cover and compacting over refuse. 

A variety of special attachments, including perforated side doors and track shoes with clean-out holes, ensure the machine is tailored to the landfilling industry, with the result protecting against contamination while ensuring an optimal performance. 

Semi-u or full-u blades equipped with a waste rack work to provide a smooth compaction, while the rack prevents unwanted materials, such as rods and wires, from entering the radiator area. In addition, centre clean-out holes in track shoes reduce the packing of materials between the sprocket and track chain bushings, which can cause accelerated wear of the track components. Striker bars also prevent debris from riding up the track and damaging fenders. 

The operator cab was designed with safety and comfort as key traits, while working to boost productivity. It can also be equipped with screens of the windows and cab lights to protect against damage. Large cab windows and a sloped hood provide an excellent view of the mounted equipment and an all-round viewing area. An audible and visual warning system also ensures safety is front of mind. 

Gradual turns are supported by a two-speed geared steering module, while keeping full power to both tracks, in addition to conventional clutch-brake performance for tight or pivot turns.

Cat 826K Landfill Compactor

The Cat 826K Landfill Compactor was designed for maximum safety and comfort, easy serviceability and a variety of applications. 

The new compactor boasts numerous production improvements, including three new wheel and tip configurations available to meet a particular application. This comprises a paddle tip for high performance and less fuel burn with more traction and weight, a plus tip for increased side slop stability and a combination tip of paddle and plus to maximise performance and fuel economy with side slope stability. An automatic engine and electrical system shutdown works to conserve more fuel, in addition to a lock-up torque converter. 

In terms of reliability, the compactor uses the fuel-efficient Cat C15 engine with ACERT Technology which works to offer a consistent performance, long life and low emissions. Engine regeneration for Tier4 Final is automatic and does not interrupt the machine’s work cycle. 

To maximise operator safety, a throttle lock maintains the engine speed which aims to reduce fatigue. Visibility has also been enhanced with an optional rearview camera, in addition to the VIMS 3G machine monitoring system, which helps to keep operators informed on machine conditions and operations. 

The compactor’s serviceability is supported by an electronics bay located inside the cab, which offers easy access in a controlled environment. 

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Waste reduction winners of the NSW Sustainable Cities Awards

Winners of the Keep Australia Beautiful NSW Sustainable Cities Awards have been announced and include the NSW container deposit scheme and a hospital recycling program.

The NSW EPA sponsored and presented two awards for waste management and litter reduction.

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Winning initiatives include Auburn Hospital’s Think before you bin it project to improve recycling and reduce hospital waste and the City of Canterbury Bankstown’s We Like Greenacre Litter Free, which resulted in a 54 per cent reduction in litter in Greenacre over three years.

The Vinnies Container Deposit scheme won the inaugural Return and Earn Litter Prevention Award, as the organisation have collected millions of containers at their automated depot and over the counter return points in NSW.

The Return and Earn school’s category went to Glenmore Park High School, which mobilised its school community to collect litter to fundraise for a minibus for the Special Needs Unit.

NSW EPA Acting Chair and CEO Anissa Levy said these projects along with other winners demonstrate the power of acting locally to reduce waste and litter in communities.

“All of the winners demonstrate extraordinary leadership in waste and litter reduction initiatives in our communities, and I commend them all on their efforts,” Ms Levy said.

Ms Levy said the NSW Government is committed to reducing waste and litter in the environment.

“We have dedicated $802 million over nine years to 2021 as part of the Waste Less Recycle More initiative – the largest waste and recycling funding program in Australia,” she said.

“We have also introduced the state’s largest litter reduction initiative, the Return and Earn container deposit scheme, to help achieve the Premier’s target of a 40 per cent reduction in litter volume by 2020.

“More than 814 million containers have been returned to return points across NSW in just over ten months, and drink container litter volume has already dropped by a third since November last year.”

Perth anaerobic digestion project wins bioenergy award

A project that converts food waste to energy has won an award at the Bioenergy Innovation Awards dinner in Queensland.

Four bioenergy projects and the Premier of Queensland Annastacia Palaszczuk were awarded top honours at the awards night, which showcases Australia’s bio-based alternatives for heat, power, and liquid fuels.

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Perth based Biogas Renewables has commissioned a plant that will take between 35,000 and 50,000 tonnes of food waste per year and is capable of producing between 2.4 to 2.6 megawatts of energy.

The company was awarded the Large Scale Bioenergy Innovation Award for the project, with Bioenergy Australia CEO Shahana McKenzie saying the application of anaerobic digestion is a major advancement of the Australian market.

Biotechnology company Microbiogen was awarded a commendation for its development and launch of a superior biocatalyst for the global bio-ethanol industry.

Ms Palaszczuk was awarded the Government Leadership Award for the Queensland Government’s 10-year Roadmap and Action Plan to support the growth of the state’s bio-economy. The plan identifies 15 current projects which represents a potential investment of around 41.4 billion and the creation of 2500 new jobs in rural and regional communities.

“The integrated approach is paving the way for Australia to develop a sustainable, export-oriented industrial biotechnology and bioproducts sector by 2026,” Ms McKenzie said.

“The plan shows a pathway which recognises Queensland’s mix of natural resources, skilled workforces, world-class research and development and supporting supply chain industries.”

The research Leadership Award was presented to the Australian Biomass for Bioenergy Assessment platform, which is a collaboration of states, industry and universities to enable better links between biomass suppliers and end users.

Victorian Pyrenees Shire Council won the Community Leadership Award for its large-scale project which focused on converting straw and straw pellets to energy.

Ms McKenzie said the awards are recognition for the breadth and scope of the bioenergy work being undertaken across Australia.

“Bioenergy is the subject of considerable interest and investment world-wide, due to its enormous potential to reduce carbon emissions and drive a more sustainable energy future,” she said.

Full list of winners:

BIOENERGY INNOVATION AWARD – LARGE SCALE
Winner: Biogass Renewables Pty Ltd, the Richgro Anaerobic Digestion Project
Commendation: Microbiogen Pty Ltd, the Development and Launch of World’s First Superior Biocatalyst for Global Bio-Ethanol Industry

BIOENERGY INNOVATION AWARD – SMALL SCALE
Winner: Dragon NRG Pty Ltd, the Meredith Dairy Bioenergy Project Commendation: ReNu Energy Limited, Goulburn Bioenergy Project

BIOENERGY COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP AWARD
Winner: Pyrenees Shire, the Pyrenees Straw Project
Commendation: CLEAN Cowra, Goulburn Bioenergy Project, CLEAN Cowra BioEnergy Hub Commendation: Mt Alexander Sustainability Group, Integrated Community Bioenergy from Waste project

BIOENERGY CORPORATE LEADERSHIP AWARD
Commendation: MSM Milling, MSM Milling Biomass Fuel Switch Project

AWARD – BIOENERGY RESEARCH LEADERSHIP AWARD
Winner: Australian Biomass for Bioenergy Assessment
Commendation: Queensland University of Technology Industrial Biotechnology, Bioproducts and Biorefining Team, Achieving bio-economy impact through industry focused research

BIOENERGY GOVERNMENT LEADERSHIP AWARD
Winner: Premier of Queensland, the Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk MP