Bingo Industries to raise $120m for acquisitions

NSW waste and recycling organisation Bingo Industries has announced it is raising $120 million to acquire businesses National Recycling Group and Patons Lane.

The proceeds will also be used to fund organic redevelopment opportunities and repay debt used to fund its Has-a-bin acquisition in September 2017.

Bingo Industries floated on the stock market earlier this year. Approximately 63.2 million new shares are expected to be issued under the entitlement offer, with shareholders also offered one share for every 5.55 held.

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The acquisitions, along with organic redevelopment of existing assets, are expected to support the company’s network capacity expansion across NSW and Victoria from 1.7 million tonnes per year to 3.4 million by 2020.

National Recycling Group (NRG) is the parent company of DATS Environment Services (DATS), Melbourne Recycling Centres and Harpers Bin Hire.

In a statement, Bingo Industries said that the acquisition will further accelerate its recent expansion into Victoria.

When commenting on the acquisition, CEO of Bingo Industries, Daniel Tartak, stated this venture will provide “compelling strategic benefits for Bingo.”

The move has led to the attainment of two new recycling centres in Victoria, and an additional recycling centre in New South Wales. Access to additional resources will be gained through DATS’ 55 trucks and 3,200 bins, in excess to Bingo’s current fleet, bins and waste infrastructure.

Resource Recovery Facilities Audit Taskforce interim report released

Resource recovery facilities across Victoria are being audited following the release of the Victorian Government-commissioned Resource Recovery Facilities Audit Taskforce interim report.

The taskforce was set up in the aftermath of the SKM Recycling plant fire in Coolaroo, targeting key recycling sites that require extra management measures to ensure community safety.

To date, the taskforce has conducted 88 inspections of 73 sites and issued 37 statutory notices. More than 500 sites have been assessed for risk and 170 sites were found to store combustible material and require further investigation, according to a summary of the report.

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The report summary highlights that the audit program identified that the resource recovery sector is generally “poorly prepared” and “ill-equipped” to manage the risk of fire at their facilities.

The interim report found that while no site was as high a fire risk as Coolaroo, a wide range of issues were identified, ranging from minor housekeeping matters to major failings subject to regulatory action.

The Victorian Government will consider each recommendation made by the taskforce, with inspections to continue until June 2018.

To assist the taskforce, the state government has strengthened the state’s Environment Protection Authority (EPA) by establishing an interim Waste Management Policy to improve safety standards at waste and resource recovery facilities.

The taskforce has developed guidelines that provide detailed information for resource recovery facility operators on how best to prevent and reduce the impact of fires.

A summary of the taskforce’s interim report can be found here. 


J.J. Richards & Sons takes over Cairns Regional Council kerbside

J.J. Richards & Sons has commenced its nine-year residential kerbside waste and recycling collection contract with Cairns Regional Council, servicing 71,000 properties in the region.

J.J. Richards & Sons has invested in 20 new waste recovery trucks, which are helping to spread the message to reduce, re-use and recycle. The trucks also note to contact if anyone observes illegal dumping.

New routes and red-lid household waste bins are also features of the new contract.

“This is the first major shake-up of our waste collection for many years and we expect it to bring some positive changes,” Mayor Bob Manning said.

“The new trucks are bigger and more efficient, and every route has been reviewed to make sure they’re providing the best service to residents.”

In 2016-17, almost 60,000 tonnes of domestic waste and recycling were collected from kerbside bins.

“If your green-lid bin needs replacing, you’ll come home to a red-lid one instead. It will serve exactly the same purpose and both coloured bins will receive the same service.”

Recycling bins will continue to have a yellow lid.


Veolia selected to deliver Springvale WTP

Veolia Australia and New Zealand has been chosen by Springvale Joint Venture and EnergyAustralia to deliver the new Springvale Mount Piper Power Station Water Treatment Plant (Springvale WTP).

Veolia will partner with Australian based Infrastructure Capital Group to fund the project, located in New South Wales’ Central West region.

The Mount Piper Power Station provides approximately 15 per cent of NSW’s power, and the Springvale WTP will be built under a build, own, operate and transfer contract.

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It has been commissioned by EnergyAustralia and the Springvale Joint Venture.

The project aims to enhance the quality of mine water discharged, ensure operational compliance in relation to water outflows and enable continued operations of both the mine and the power station.

The project requirements include:

● Transfer of water from the Springvale Mine to EnergyAustralia’s Mount Piper Power Station
● Treatment and reuse of the mine water, which is to be used as the industrial cooling water for the power station as well as ensuring excess water discharge complies with relevant environmental obligations
● Implementing a brine extraction and crystallisation process that can blend with the waste streams from the Mount Piper Power Station, ensuring both the mine and the power station remain in operations.

Following the construction, Veolia will then be responsible for the operations and ongoing maintenance of the pipeline and treatment facility, over a 15-year period.

“Veolia’s expertise in water treatment as well as our strong presence in mining and infrastructure has given both the Springvale Joint Venture and EnergyAustralia the confidence to award this 15-year water infrastructure contract to Veolia, which is so important to NSW’s power supply and provides an environmental outcome that will guarantee the mine’s future,” said Doug Dean, Managing Director of Veolia Australia and New Zealand.

“This contract confirms the added-value solutions and expertise that our group provides to its energy and mining clients, so that their processes can comply with industry and regulatory standards and can improve the efficiency of their operations.”

While preliminary site activities have already commenced, this contract now allows construction of the Springvale Water Treatment Plant to proceed immediately and will be completed by mid 2019.

The contract is projected to generate a number of jobs in the regional area and approximately 400 million AUD in revenue for Veolia over the coming 17 years.

Return and Earn collection points mapped out

Collection points for NSW’s container deposit scheme, Return and Earn, have been mapped out on its website. 

Under the scheme, people in NSW will be able to return most empty beverage containers between 150 ml and three litres to collection points for a 10-cent refund.

There will be more than 200 collection points across NSW when Return and Earn launches on 1 December 2017.

Collection points include reverse vending machines, over-the-counter sites such as cafes, small grocers and news agencies and automated depots for high volumes of returns.

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Refunds can be received as cash, digital payment, in-store credit or a charity donation.

Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton said more collection points will be finalised as the scheme rolls out.

“This is the first step in rolling out more than 500 collection points across NSW,” Ms Upton said.

The new myTOMRA app for smartphones is also slated to allow container refunds to be deposited securely into registered PayPal accounts.

To receive the electronic refund, a person claiming the refund simply needs to scan a barcode from the app under the barcode reader on the front of the reverse vending machines before depositing the containers.

Other refund options include donating the refund to a charity or community group and printing out a refund docket that can be exchanged for cash or redeemed on in-store purchases at the local retail partner.

SA celebrates 40 years since CDS commencement

The South Australian Government has reflected on its achievements as it celebrates 40 years since the start of its container deposit scheme (CDS).

The government noted the overall return rate has reached 80 per cent, as it reported on its successes in mid-November.

Since 2005 when statistics were first collected, more than six billion containers have been returned under the scheme. This equates to about 583 million containers per year that are recovered, recycled and directed away from landfill.

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The container deposit scheme started in South Australia in 1977 to reduce the litter problem created by single use drink containers.

In 2003, the South Australian Government extended the scheme to cover non-carbonated soft drinks, fruit juice and flavoured milk containers.

In 2008, the State Government increased the refund from 5 cents to 10 cents, which led to more participation.

Beverage containers now make up only 2.9 per cent of litter items in South Australia.

Each year South Australians, including sporting clubs, charities and the South Australian Scouts Association benefit from the scheme. Almost $60 million was returned to the community in 2016-17.

The container deposit scheme was declared a Heritage Icon in 2006 by the National Trust of South Australia in recognition of its role in contributing to the state’s cultural identity.

“For more than 35 years, South Australia was the only state or territory in the nation with a container deposit scheme,” said Sustainability, Environment and Conservation Minister Ian Hunter.


SUEZ to provide resource recovery for the Northern Beaches Council

SUEZ has been awarded Sydney’s Northern Beaches Council recycling and resource recovery contract run by Kimbriki.

The new contract will commence on 1 July 2019 and is valued at approximately $199 million over 10 years.

The Northern Beaches Council’s Mixed Solid Waste (red-bin) will firstly be delivered to Belrose Transfer Station and then sent to be processed at the Eastern Creek Advanced Resource Recovery Facility, owned and operated by Global Renewables under an exclusivity waste processing contract with SUEZ. The facility diverts household waste from landfill recovering recyclable materials and turning the organic fraction of the waste into compost.

“Our partnership with Northern Beaches Council will increase the recovery, reuse and recycling of resources and ultimately reduce the volume of waste disposed at landfill,” said Mark Venhoek, CEO of SUEZ Australia and New Zealand.

“We know that Northern Beaches’ residents care about their impact on the environment. We look forward to helping council meet its 70 per cent waste diversion target” Mr Venhoek said.

Kimbriki is a local waste management and resource recovery company owned by the Northern Beaches Council and Mosman Council.

SUEZ provides resource solutions to collect, recover and recycle waste into valuable new products and resources. In Australia, SUEZ collects 2.2 million tonnes of waste every year and diverts more than 1.2 million tonnes of waste from landfill.

7-Eleven and Simply Cups launch cup recycling initiative

A new initiative plans to collect and recycle 70 million takeaway cups annually.

It comes as Australians become increasingly aware of the number of disposable cups that end up in landfills every year.

The partnership between 7-Eleven and Simply Cups will see collection bins for takeaway cups installed in more than 200 7-Eleven stores nationally and 50 other busy locations such as universities and construction sites from March 2018.

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“As Australia’s second largest takeaway coffee destination we felt we had a responsibility to take the lead and find a solution to save cups from going to landfill,” said 7-Eleven CEO Angus McKay.

Currently, more than one billion takeaway cups end up in landfill each year in Australia because there is no effective way for cups to be recycled, due to the polyethylene or liquid lining being a contaminant for regular paper recycling facilities. However, there is now a way to treat plastic lined cups.

“Simply Cups now has access to technology that removes the plastic lining from paper-based cups so that both materials can then be processed in regular paper and plastic recycling facilities,” explains Rob Pascoe, Founder of Closed Loop’s Simply Cups.

“By collecting takeaway cups via a separate waste stream, Simply Cups can guarantee that cups collected through the dedicated 7-Eleven bins will be recycled,” he said.

Coffee waste powers London’s red buses

The average Londoner drinks 2.3 cups of coffee each day, producing more than 200,000 tonnes of waste a year, much of which ends in landfill. Those concerned about the environmental impact can now offset their carbon footprint in two ways by using the capital’s iconic red bus fleet.

A new initiative from British startup Bio-bean, with financial and technical help from energy giant Royal Dutch Shell and fuel blender Argent Energy, is extracting oil from old coffee beans to make biofuel that, from 20 November, is helping fuel London’s double-decker buses.

The project will supply 6,000 litres a year of the fuel, according to a report by the Independent.

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Bio-bean founder Arthur Kay, whose company also makes solid fuel pellets from coffee waste, was quoted as saying partnerships with thousands of coffee shops across the United Kingdom provided the used coffee grounds.

“It’s got a high oil content – 20 per cent oil by weight in the waste coffee grounds – so it’s a really great thing to make biodiesel out of,” he told the Independent.

The waste is converted in the company’s Cambridgeshire factory and the oil blended with diesel fuel to make up 20 per cent of the finished biofuel.

Bio-bean, which was founded in 2013, plans to expand throughout the UK and eventually to continental Europe and the United States.

The company’s website states the UK produces 500,000 tonnes of waste coffee grounds each year, which contain valuable compounds.

The use of the coffee-derived biodiesel in London’s bus fleet can make a significant and sustainable contribution to powering future transport systems, Bio-bean says.

First Return and Earn charity partners for CDS NSW

NSW Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton has announced the first four Return and Earn donation partners to feature on the state’s reverse vending machines.

It comes as NSW plans to introduce its Container Deposit Scheme on 1 December.

People returning eligible containers will be able to donate their refunds to the Cancer Council, St Vincent de Paul, Surf Life Saving NSW and Planet Ark at reverse vending machines from 1 December.

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“Our first four donation partners make incredible contributions to communities across the state – giving people an option to donate their refunds to these four organisations is a great way to open the scheme,” Ms Upton said.

“Charities, community and sporting groups, schools, and other not-for-profit organisations can also register their interest to become a donation partner under the rotation system.”

Interested groups can visit the Return and Earn website to register their interest to become a donation partner.

To donate a refund to a donation partner people will need to insert an eligible drink container into a reverse vending machine and select the ‘donate’ option and choose a group. Where relevant donations of $2 or more are made, customers will be issued with a receipt to claim a tax deduction.

“Local groups can also fundraise from 1 December by collecting eligible drink containers and returning them for a 10 cent refund at Return and Earn collection points,” Ms Upton said.

People can also choose to receive their refund into a registered PayPal account via the myTOMRA app, or receive a printed retail refund voucher to exchange for cash or an in-store credit at a local retail partner.

Containers should be empty, uncrushed, unbroken and have the original label attached to receive the 10 cent refund.

For more information about Return and Earn and how to register to be on a reverse vending machine visit: