Cleanaway gains Central Coast contract until 2028


Central Coast Council has announced that Cleanaway have secured a 10-year contract to provide its waste management collection services, with the service beginning from 1 February 2018.

Under the 10 year agreement, Cleanaway will be delivering general waste, recycling and green waste collection services as well as six free kerbside bulk waste collection services per year for each residence. Cleanaway will also be rolling out 65,000 new 140 litre bins across the council.

Central Coast Council said they based their decision on Cleanaway’s service capabilities, experience, customer service, technology advances, equipment and local employment. As part of the contract Cleanaway will provide a dedicated operational team and call centre working out of a purpose built facility based on the Central Coast, as well as offering residents the option to book their bulk waste collection via the website or, for the first time, via a phone app.

Michael Sankey, Regional Manager – Sydney Municipal, said Cleanaway will be working closely with Central Coast Council to provide a superior level of customer service and keep employment in the area.

“We’re excited to partner with Central Coast Council and provide a world class collection service to local residents.”

“We’ll be setting up a new facility, implementing operational teams, a call centre and some education resources so it will be a busy six months recruiting and putting the team in place. We’ll also be upholding the rate Council has previously negotiated with the Transport Workers Union for the existing drivers.”

REMONDIS will continue to deliver waste collection services to Central Coast Council until January 31 2018, with Cleanaway beginning operations from February 1.

Queensland Government tackles “dump capital” reputation



Environment Minister and Acting Main Roads Minister Steven Miles has said Queensland must shake the title of Australia’s dump capital tag, calling an urgent meeting with waste management stakeholders.

Last week, Mr Miles revealed a roundtable would be hosted on Monday with the Premier and the waste industry, including key players such as Cleanaway, JJ Richards and Visy.

“We will address the extent of the dumping allegations raised this week and explore solutions,” he said.

A joint agency operation between Queensland’s Transport and Main Roads (TMR), Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP) and the Queensland Police Service (QPS) will begin targeting heavy vehicles from New South Wales dumping waste in Queensland.

The news comes less than a week after a Four Corners report into illegal dumping, which focused heavily on landfill levy avoidance through interstate waste transportation.

“There is considerable community concern about this issue, and I want to reassure the people of Queensland we will not put up with rogue operators.

“We are taking the discussion directly to industry to identify pathways forward and will use our regulatory powers to crack down on illegal transport of waste.”

Mr Miles said the inspections would take place at pertinent locations along the border.

“The special compliance operation – named Operation TORA – will target unlicensed waste management operators including waste vehicle inspections,” Mr Miles said.

“Operation TORA inspections will involve checks of heavy vehicles, and compliance with regulated waste and other transport requirements.

TMR Compliance Officers will undertake compliance checks of heavy vehicles as follows:

  • Fatigue Management (work diaries)
  • Mass and dimension
  • Vehicle Safety Inspections
  • Load restraint

EHP Officers will:

  • Undertake waste checks to determine if loads contain general waste or trackable regulated waste
  • Cross reference against consignment authority for observed loads of trackable regulated waste
  • For loads of regulated trackable waste, compliance checks against Environmental Authority operating conditions for regulated waste transport in Queensland.

Minister Miles said so far, Operation TORA had prompted 207 investigations, resulting in 69 enforcement actions.

“Operation TORA was established in 2015 to crackdown on unlicensed waste management operations in Queensland and address the unfair advantages gained by operating without regulatory oversight and not paying fees,” he said.

“We want to stamp out existing unlicensed waste management operators.”





Smartsensor by Solar Bins Australia uses technology to help waste managers overcome environmental damage, poor user experience, and ever-increasing operational costs.

The company developed a sensor and software management platform that enables waste managers to gain a bird’s-eye view of their waste network, monitor the fullness of their rubbish bins and report clearly and accurately in real-time. The sensor device, which is attached to the inside of a rubbish bin or waste container, transmits data on the fullness of the bins, temperature of the container, the stability of the container and its location. This provides waste collection companies with an eye into each of their containers so they know exactly which bins are ready to be emptied and when.

The system includes a dedicated rubbish bin monitoring app and dashboard to map, monitor and maintain every bin and waste management asset deployed within the user’s region.

Using the power of ultrasonic sensors, 3G, LoRA or Sigfox communication, dynamic dashboards, fullness level alerts, routing and predictive collection, Smartsensor has been created to provide users with deep insights to every rubbish bin deployed in an area, town or city.

NSW bottle companies join forces for state litter reduction scheme


Sydney bottle manufacturer Coca-Cola Amatil has welcomed the New South Wales Government’s decision to appoint Exchange for Change to coordinate the state’s refund Container Deposit Scheme (CDS).

Exchange for Change is an industry joint venture involving Coca-Cola Amatil, Asahi, Carlton and United Breweries, Coopers and Lion.

The companies will produce and distribute three quarters of the scheme, which will be rolled out across the state in December.

According to the NSW Environment Protection Authority, container litter makes up 44 per cent of all litter in the state and costs more than $162 million to manage.

Hailed as the largest litter reduction scheme introduced to NSW, it is predicted to reduce the volume of litter in the state by 40 per cent by 2020.

“Through Exchange for Change, Amatil will continue to work with the industry and NSW Government to ensure the scheme operates efficiently to minimize the impact to customers and consumers, has robust and transparent governance and achieves the targeted environment outcomes,” a Coca-Cola Amatil spokesperson said.

The NSW Government has also announced its decision to appoint TOMRA-Cleanaway as the network’s operator, which will be responsible for establishing and managing a network of collection points across the state, include reverse vending machines.

The cost of the scheme is subject to a number of factors, including the container redemption rate, the mix of redemption between collection points and material recycling facilities, and the mix of packaging type.

Proposals for container deposit schemes in other territories and states are expected to follow during early 2018 in ACT, July 2018 in Queensland, and 2019 in Western Australia.

This article originally appeared in Food & Beverage Industry News.

Acting CEOs for Sustainability Victoria


Sustainability Victoria’s Director of Corporate Services, Carl Muller and Communities and Climate Change Group Director, Stephanie Ziersch will be sharing the role of CEO over the next few months.

Carl will lead the organisation until 1 September followed by Stephanie until the end of October.
He will lead Sustainability Victoria’s business support and strategic direction and has headed a series of transformational programs in the environment sector, including leading a technology-enabled reform of the state’s Environment Protection Authority core regulatory processes.

As a qualified oceanographic engineer, Carl worked on the establishment of the Australian Tsunami warning system at the Bureau of Meteorology.

Stephanie leads SV’s Communities and Climate Change Group which inspires and educates communities, schools, councils and households on taking action on climate change.

She has public sector experience at an international, national and state level.

Her background includes developing Australia’s first climate change legislation.

They’re standing-in for Sustainability Victoria’s CEO, Stan Krpan, who is heading the State Government taskforce investigating the extent of non-compliant cladding on Victorian buildings.Carl and Steph

Sims Metal Management announces CEO departure

Sims Metal Management Limited has announced the departure of its managing director and group chief executive officer Galdino Claro, appointing Alistair Field as his successor.

The international metals recycling company also revealed the departure of its chief financial officer Fred Knechtel, with the appointment of Amit Patel as acting group CFO.In making the announcement, Sims Metal Management chairman Geoff Brunsdon said, “I would like to acknowledge the contribution Galdino has made through his leadership over the past four years to the development and implementation of the transformation strategy. Under his leadership, the company has made substantial progress.”

“With our five-year strategic plan nearing completion, I am excited to have Alistair leading the Company through the next phase of its development with the business being well placed to leverage its strengthened market position. The board and I are very confident in the outlook under Alistair’s leadership.” Mr Brunsdon did not comment on Mr Knechtel’s departure.

Mr Field has been with Sims Metal Management since October 2015, and previously held the position of managing director of the company’s ANZ metals division. According to Sims, Mr Field has more than 25 years of experience in the mining, manufacturing, and logistics industries.

Mr Patel has been with Sims Metal Management since 1997 and has held his current position of group chief accounting officer since 2008. He has nearly 30 years’ experience in finance and accounting.

John Glyde succeeds Mr Field as the new managing director of Sims’ ANZ metals operations. Mr Glyde has been with Sims Metal Management for over 20 years, working in senior leadership roles across the business in both Australia and the US.

Sims announced that Mr Field and Mr Patel will commence their roles with immediate effect. Mr Field will be based in the company’s New York headquarters.

On 25 August, Sims Metal Management plans to report its results for the fiscal year ended 30 June 2017. Based on preliminary unaudited financial information, the company expects underlying earnings before interest and tax (Ebit) to be between AUD180m to AUD185m. In the previous fiscal year, the company’s underlying Ebit stood at AUD58m. Net cash as of 30 June 2017 is expected to be about AUD370m.

Corio Waste Management sets sights on organic waste sorting


Victorian councils Surf Coast Shire Council and Borough of Queenscliffe have awarded their green waste acceptance and processing contract to local firm Corio Waste Management.

Mat Dickens, CEO Corio Waste Management, said the new contracts will allow the firm to build a new organic waste sorting and pre-processing facility in the Geelong suburb of Moolap to accept kerbside and commercial food wastes.

News Corp reported the $500,000 waste facility is expected to be completed in 2018, with the capacity to process up to 35,000 tonnes of green organic material a year.

“We own an alternative waste treatment facility in Shepparton where this material will be transported with our fleet of fuel-efficient Scania G480 trucks. Using tunnel technology, the composting process takes only six to eight weeks. More traditional processes can take up to 20 weeks,” Mr Dickens said.

“Corio Waste Management has long-term contracts from Greater Shepparton City Council, Moira Shire Council, Benalla Rural City Council, Strathbogie Shire Council and Wangaratta Rural City Council to process food and garden organics.

“Looking ahead we plan to tender for the operation of the open windrow facility in Anakie currently being constructed by the Greater Geelong City Council but in the long term we want to build, own and operate alternative waste treatment facilities in this region to process food and garden organics and other higher risk feedstocks, particularly food wastes.”



Nominations open for Waste & Recycling Award


Chemical waste management company Toxfree is encouraging operators in the waste and recycling sector to apply for the Victorian Transport Association’s prestigious Waste & Recycling Award.

The Waste & Recycling Award recognises implementation of a policy or program and/or a technology innovation that improves sustainability.

Toxfree, which was the inaugural winner of last year’s award, initially contested the award, noting it had implemented policies and innovations to safely transport waste.

Peter Anderson, VTA CEO, said it was more important than ever for waste and recycling industry operators to contest this award to showcase the work the sector is doing to ensure recycling is safe and sustainable for the long-term.

“The waste and recycling industry is under the spotlight, especially in Victoria where a government taskforce is looking at systems and procedures in place at key recycling sites after a recent fire,” he said.

“There is no doubt the industry is doing it tough because of less demand for recycled goods, but we know operators are making prudent investments to improve safety and sustainability within their workplaces.

“We know you do great things, and the communities you service need to know about it too.”

Scott Russell, Toxfree General Manager, Industrial Services said the company was proud to receive the award as it reflects their core values of safety, reliability and sustainability.

“For us, the award recognised the policies and innovations we have in place nationally to transport all types of waste, including industrial, hazardous, construction and medical in the safest way possible,” Mr Russell said.

Applicants have until Monday, 14 August to submit entries.

Criteria and entry forms are online at or by contacting the VTA on 03 9646 8590 or email

Winners and finalists will be announced at a presentation celebration in Melbourne on Saturday, September 2.

China says it will ban foreign waste this year


On 18 July, China announced to the World Trade Organization an intention to ban the import of waste products from US, Japan, Australia and other source countries, to take full effect by the end of 2017.

According to data from Reuters, China accounts for 56 per cent of the world’s waste product imports.

The Australian Peak Shippers Association (ASPA) has made the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade aware of this development soon after the filing was made.

In a statement, ASPA said that although the ban does not currently extend to all waste products, it is the most severe move to date under China’s anti-foreign garbage campaign, and it will have an impact on several APSA members, as well as significant consequences for the way Australia treats waste domestically.

APSA has been working closely with DFAT in response to this development, as well as industry bodies including Waste Recycling Industry Queensland. They understand that DFAT will be coordinating a formal submission in response to the filing before 1 September 2017.

See the list of affected products below, which includes solid, liquid and plastic waste.