Managing a landfill past its expected lifespans can result in some unexpected costs. Eric Mead, of HDR Inc, explains how councils and private sector companies can better plan for the future.
A product stewardship program in Australia has prevented hundreds of tonnes of polyvinyl chloride plastics from going to landfill. Sophi Macmillan, of the Vinyl Council of Australia, explains how it gained traction.
As Australia’s largest and only mercury recycler, CMA Ecocycle works with clients to reduce hazardous lighting waste going to landfill.
Toxfree is the only company in Australia operating internationally recognised technology to safely handle next generation e-waste containing mercury, the company says. The waste service provider explains the key to its success.
Applying a few simple strategies can allow recyclers to significantly reduce their waste on site, says Paul Smith, Product Development Manager for KPI-JCI and Astec Mobile Screens.
Environmental regulations mean that many of Australia’s old-style tips are not up to scratch. Shekar Atla, of the Baw Baw Shire Council, explains the lessons he learnt from rehabilitating the council’s landfill.
The Hazelmere Resource Recovery Park has planned to save the waste industry thousands of dollars through its recycling operations – with a strategy to take it to the next level.
Living in a regional area poses challenges when managing waste, but with those challenges also come opportunity, according to JustWaste consultant Isabel Axio.
As residual waste growth continues to outstrip available landfill capacity, alternative waste management solutions such as waste from energy are becoming increasingly attractive for both governments and industry.
Mike Ritchie from Sydney-based consulting firm MRA reflects on the importance of solid groundwork in the political realm to facilitate real change in waste management.
Our waste problems are urgent. Waste is pouring out of the economy at a compound average growth rate of 6.3 per cent, and waste volumes double every 12 years. To tackle the issue, most Australian States and Territories have set ambitious recycling targets for 2020/21.
For Municipal Solid Waste (MSW), the diversion target is generally 65 to 70 per cent, except in the ACT where it’s 85 per cent. For commercial & industrial (C&I) waste, the target is higher still – typically ranging from 70 to 80 per cent. Except, again, for the ACT, where it’s 85 per cent. The highest targets, meanwhile,
are reserved for construction and demolition (C&D) waste, with most state targets ranging from 75 to 85 per cent.
These are big numbers, and it’s still a long way to go until we reach them – particularly for MSW, where new data shows that diversion rates need to increase by about 50 per cent to stay on track. But there is no alternative: The work we need to do is important and structural, even though it can be unexciting. It’s work that is unlikely to capture the public’s imagination in the same way as single use battery, coffee cups, CDs or light bulbs might be able to.