VISA Global Logistics joins MEGATRANS2018

Award-winning Australian international logistics company and freight forwarder, VISA Global Logistics, is joining inaugural supply chain event, MEGATRANS2018, to showcase its service offerings.

VISA Global Logistics CEO, Simon Hardwidge, said that MEGATRANS2018 is not just about equipment suppliers, it embraces the entire freight and logistics chain.

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“As a global enterprise with dealings with importers, exporters, retailers and manufacturers, VISA Global Logistics is seizing an important opportunity to represent at MEGATRANS2018 to demonstrate how we add value to our clients,” said Hardwidge.

“As one of Australia’s largest privately-owned international freight forwarding companies, we have an extensive global network that continues to grow.

“Last year alone, the company acquired offices in India, Spain and the Netherlands while opening new facilities in Italy. In order to remain competitive, and to look to the future, it is vital for businesses in the freight and logistics space to push innovation and share ideas,” he said.

VISA Global Logistics was awarded the Freight Forwarder of the Year Award at the 2017 Australian Shipping & Maritime Industry Awards.

MEGATRANS2018 aims to bring together leaders and stakeholders in the wider Australian and international supply chain, including those in the transport, logistics, warehousing solutions, materials handling and infrastructure sectors.

For more information on exhibiting at MEGATRANS2018, contact Anastasia Razdiakonova: P 03 9690 8766 E anastasia.razdiakonova@primecreative.com.au

APCO: Supporting industry progress

Working towards packaging sustainability is a journey that is different for every organisation. For some, it begins with legislative compliance. For others, it is a commitment to a strategic approach to sustainable management and performance that delivers organisational and financial gains.

Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation’s (APCO) Sustainability Pyramid is a framework that captures variations in the levels of development in commitment, structure and performance.

The APCO has helped a large number of its members progress through the four stages of the pyramid (denial, compliance, efficiency and strategic), and has provided tools to measure members’ continual improvement along their packaging sustainability journey.

This includes the new Packaging Sustainability Framework and Annual Reporting Tool for APCO Members.

Launched in November 2017, it shifts the focus from compliance to business sustainability and shared values.

An updated set of criteria for reporting provides members with multiple pathways to packaging sustainability that recognise the need for a flexible and holistic approach. The framework takes a whole-of-lifecycle approach, with a view to optimise resource use and encourage design for recovery for all members. It enables continuous improvement in sustainability processes and outcomes, while acknowledging the different levels of knowledge, capacity and progress within individual organisations.

This presentation will outline:

  • The unique APCO shared responsibility model and value proposition.
  • The Sustainability Pyramid and its levels of management and performance.
  • The research that was undertaken to design the Packaging Sustainability Framework, based on global standards and best practices.
  • How the APCO supports members’ individual and collective progress and development through a thought leadership, knowledge sharing and recognition programs.

This presentation will feature at this year’s Australian Institute of Packaging National Conference and Waste2018 conference at Coffs Harbour. Details below:

SA plan for future of waste management

The SA Government has revealed a 30-year plan for the future of the waste and resource recovery industry in the state, estimating almost 5000 jobs could emerge in the future.

The Waste Resource and Recovery Infrastructure Plan outlines a pathway for the industry and will attempt to guide SA with metropolitan and regional profiles. It aims to pave the way for the state to exceed its 81.5 per cent diversion from landfill figure.

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It also aims to increase the amount of waste diverted from landfill and analyse the unique needs, opportunities and challenges facing communities.

New infrastructure is also planned to be developed, including transport and processing equipment, bins, covered compost facilities, monitoring technology, training, market development, and integrated waste data systems.

Projections for future trends within the plan include both a 10 and 30-year scenario. According to the 30-year estimate, the plan could deliver an additional $660.5 million in gross state product and about 4969 full-time-equivalent jobs.

Currently, the waste and resource recovery industry has an annual turnover of $1 billion, contributes $500 million to the GSP, and employs 5000 people across the state.

SA Sustainability, Environment and Conservation Minister Ian Hunter said the SA Government is looking to further build their already successful and growing industry.

“This plan provides a vision where waste is managed as a resource through re-use and recycling, energy recovery is limited to non-recyclable materials and landfill is virtually eliminated,” he said.

“The transition to a more sustainable circular economy requires innovation along with investment and development of new infrastructure and technology to enhance resource efficiency and create business opportunities both locally and overseas.”

“I encourage the public and private sectors to continue to lead the way to a more sustainable future for our State through continued investment in this important sector of our economy.”

You can read the Waste and Resource Recovery Infrastructure Plan here. 

 

New CEO for Australia and New Zealand Recycling Platform

Australia and New Zealand Recycling Platform (ANZRP) has appointed a new chief executive officer.

Warren Overton has replaced outgoing CEO Carmel Dollisson. Mr Overton brings more than 20 years’ experience in sustainability, including executive roles in business, industry associations and government. Most recently, he served as Director, Business and Built Environment at Sustainability Victoria. Before then he was Co-Founder and Managing Director of Viridis, a national sustainability consulting business operating in four states.

“The board is very pleased to have Warren joining ANZRP. His exceptional track record in sustainability places us in a very good position to build on the strong foundations that Carmel and her team have built since ANZRP’s inception,” said ANZRP Chairman Mark Mackay.

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Carmel Dollisson announced her intention to step down from the CEO role late 2017, in order to take a well-earned break before undertaking some new challenges.

Under Ms Dollisson’s leadership, ANZRP has grown from its modest beginnings in 2011 to become the largest Co-regulatory Arrangement under the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme, established by the Federal Government under the Product Stewardship Act 2011 as an industry-funded scheme for the safe and responsible recycling of e-waste.

The board sees one of Mr Overton’s main priorities as leading ANZRP through the final stages and aftermath of the current Regulatory Review of the Product Stewardship Act, and to drive further expansion of the company’s mission to be a leading product stewardship partner, recognised both locally and globally.

“I’m delighted to be joining ANZRP at this vital time in the company’s evolution. Carmel’s exceptional work has put us in a great position to expand our operations to achieve the dual outcomes of lower costs to our member companies and better recycling outcomes for the Australian public,” said Mr Overton said.

“In terms of our core program, it’s very much business as usual, as TechCollect now operates as a well-oiled machine. But there’s a great deal more we’re planning to do through our product stewardship expertise and credentials.”

Ms Dollisson said she is delighted to be leaving ANZRP in good hands.

“This business has been my passion for more than six years, and it’s not going to be easy to leave it behind. I’m reassured by the work the board has undertaken in securing a new CEO, and I look forward to working closely with Warren during the transition period,” she said.

Ms Dollisson will remain with ANZRP until late March to ensure a smooth handover.

The ANZRP Board comprises representatives from member companies Canon, Fuji-Xerox, Dell, HP and Toshiba, together with three independent directors.

Moranbah Resource Recovery Centre finished in Queensland

A major project has been completed in central Queensland to improve the region’s waste disposal network.

The $7.16 million Moranbah Resource Recovery Centre Expansion and Improvement Project was first started in March 2017 and has seen over 28 Olympic swimming pools worth of soil excavated.

FK Gardner & Sons were awarded the construction tender in February 2017 and sourced local contractors to work on the project.

The centre now has a new landfill cell, stormwater and leachate ponds, and a refuse transfer station.

According to the Isaac Council, the transfer station will enable the bulk handling of waste and improve hygiene and safety for the community and landfill employees.

Isaac Regional Council Mayor Anne Baker said the project was vital to meeting demand for waste disposal in the region and improving environmental performance.

“This upgrade is critical in ensuring Moranbah can meet demand for the provision of waste infrastructure to serve the regional community, mining sector and supporting industries,” Mayor Baker said.

“Isaac Regional Council matched the Queensland Government’s $3.58 million funding under the Building our Regions program.”

Queensland Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said Building our Regions was all about making sure communities such as those in the Isaac region benefit from the state’s economic successes.

“The Moranbah Resource Recovery Centre project will improve operational efficiencies and extend the lifespan of the landfill reserve.

“It will meet community and industry waste management requirements and improve the efficiency and recovery of recyclable materials.

“The transfer station became operational on September 25, 2017 and the new landfill cell is expected to accept waste from February 2018.”

Winner of Green Industries SA Women in Waste Award announced

Waste consultant Kat Heinrich has won the annual Green Industries SA Women in Waste Award for her contributions to SA’s waste industry.

Ms Heinrich, a senior consultant for Rawtec, has delivered a range of projects to help with resource efficiency, disaster waste management, state waste accounting and waste infrastructure planning.

The award, established in memory of Pam Keating, includes $5000 to assist with travel, accommodation and conference costs, and mentoring from a senior woman executive in the industry.

SA Environment Minister Ian Hunter said he was delighted to present the award to Ms Heinrich.

“Kat’s new project will address the global issue of food waste by investigating best-practices in Denmark, the United Kingdom, France, Italy and the United States and using this research to drive a step change in food waste reduction and recovery in SA,” Mr Hunter said.

“Congratulations to Kat for her dedication and vision to further SA’s reputation as leader in recycling and resource recovery.”

Ms Heinrich has recently started a blog to share best practices in food waste management from cities globally.

“I am passionate about addressing food waste, which is a significant issue globally, and through this award aim to stimulate a step-wise change in SA,” she said.

“While SA leads the country in waste and resource recovery practices, food waste particularly in the household stream, remains a significant challenge and opportunity for the state.

“Addressing food waste is an important step in transitioning SA to a more circular economy through compost production or other beneficial interventions.”

She said the project will identify potential initiatives that may help SA to take this next step to reduce food waste.