Global industrial shredder market projected to decline

The global industrial shredder market is projected to drop from US$840 million (A$1.1 billion) to US$810 million (A$1.06 billion) by 2021, according to London-based research company, Technavio.

The company released its market outlook for 2017-2021, which provides a detailed industry analysis based on products, including iron and steel and aluminum, copper, and non-ferrous metals.

It covers products based in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Africa and the the Asia-Pacific Region.

Despite challenging economic conditions ahead, growing sales of electrical vehicles will be a key growth driver for the segment, the company found. “The adoption of electric vehicles has increased due to advances in technology and government incentives on these vehicles,” explained Lead Analyst, Gaurav Mohindru.

“Western Europe is witnessing an explosive growth of the electric vehicle market, with manufacturers expanding their factory floors to meet the increasing demand.”

Mr Mohindru added many electric vehicle manufacturers are thus heavily investing in expanding and improving their manufacturing capabilities – a development that is expected to boost the demand for shredding machines, thereby driving market growth.

Also driving sales will be the mining and nuclear waste sectors, Technavio found.

The top three emerging trends driving the global industrial shredder machine market according to Technavio heavy industry research analysts are:

  • The growing sales of electric vehicles
  • The evolution of waste management techniques to suit low-grade ores
  • Stringent nuclear reactor regulations following the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in 2011

Council officers receive illegal dumping training

A photo of recycled organics compost product with glass and plastic contaminants at a Treasure Wine Estates vineyard

Council enforcement officers across Victoria participated in training last week to help them tackle littering and illegal dumping in their municipalities and regions.

Led by Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) and Sustainability Victoria, the training aimed to help local government, Parks Victoria and other land managers act against individuals and companies who illegally dump rubbish in local parks, reserves, alleyways and streets.

Under section 45 of the Environment Protection Act 1970 (EP Act), authorised litter enforcement officers have powers to investigate, remedy and sanction individuals and companies who litter.

EPA Chief Executive Officer Nial Finegan said littering and illegal dumping is a significant issue for communities throughout Victoria – impacting the environment as well as the aesthetic enjoyment of public places.

“Littering and the illegal dumping of household items such as mattresses and unwanted e-waste shows a complete disregard for our environment and our community,” Mr Finegan said.

“Local councils and other land managers play a vital role in enforcing litter and illegal dumping laws. Helping council officers understand the tools available and when to use them will help us more effectively enforce the law and deter this behaviour.”

Running over two days, courses covered EP Act offences and penalties, evidence gathering, surveillance and integrated preventative approaches to managing litter. Participating councils include Ararat, Hepburn, Hume, Darebin, Golden Plains, Macedon Ranges, Surf Coast and Whittlesea.

Sustainability Victoria CEO Stan Krpan said illegal dumping had been identified as one of Victoria’s top 5 litter issues through Victoria’s Litter Report Card.

“This is a broad and serious issue which affects all local government areas across Victoria.

“Through a mix of training, effective engagement, education programs and enforcement, local governments will have the necessary tools to act on illegal dumping and littering and create a cleaner environment for their community,” Mr Krpan said.

EPA also has an Illegal Dumping Strikeforce dedicated to reducing the dumping of large scale industrial waste such as construction and demolition materials and waste tyres.

Victorian Government launches waste to energy fund

The Victorian Government has launched a new $2 million program to support the development of waste to energy technologies, including anaerobic digestion and thermal treatment of waste.

The Waste to Energy Infrastructure Fund will boost sustainable energy production using organic and other materials and divert more waste from landfill.

As a major food producing and processing state, Victoria’s commercial and industrial sector produced more than 300,000 tonnes of food waste in 2014-15, but only 22 per cent of that was recycled.

Diverting commercial and industrial food waste from landfills means methane produced during decomposition is not released to the atmosphere where it is a major greenhouse gas.

Methane released to the atmosphere is 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide which traps heat and contributes to climate change.

The Waste to Energy Infrastructure Fund is designed for the waste management sector, councils, water authorities and businesses with proposals for new or upgraded projects that can be commissioned by 31 December 2019.

Expressions of interest close on 3 April 2017. A full application and detailed business case assessment process will follow for eligible project ideas.

Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio said waste to energy projects helped to reduce business costs, generating sustainable energy and reducing pressure on landfill.

“This program supports investment in renewable energy technologies that will help Victoria become a low carbon economy and reach our target of zero net greenhouse gas emissions by 2050,” Ms D’Ambrosio said.

“A variety of industrial and organic waste products can be used in waste to energy projects, however thanks to our agricultural base and food-culture, Victorian farms, food processors and commercial operations are well-placed to benefit from turning waste to energy.”

EnergyAustralia proposes waste conversion energy project in NSW

EnergyAustralia is looking to convert part of its coal-fired Mount Piper Power Station on the New South Wales central tablelands into a purpose-built boiler that would run on waste.

ABC News reported the $60 million project would be the first of its kind in Australia, as non-recyclable materials known as refuse-derived fuel are converted into energy, including plastics, linen and non-recyclable paper.

The power plant reportedly produces 15 per cent of the NSW’s electricity and sources all of its coal from the nearby Springvale Mine.

Mark Collette, energy executive at EnergyAustralia, told ABC News that while the technology was used to generate electricity in the United States and Europe, this project would be a national first.

“It’s a world-class technology. It’s commonplace throughout Europe, and we’re very excited to bring this technology to the central-west,” Mr Collette said.

“The central-west has always focused on new and innovative technologies in the energy arena and we’re continuing that fine tradition with this project.”

Mr Collette said the company would work with recycling management company Re.Group on a feasibility study into the economic viability of the project and its possible impacts.

“We’ll then look at all the things that really matter to us and to residents, so things like the potential environmental impacts, noise, we’ll look at dust, we’ll look at transport,” he said.

“We’ll make sure that we’re comfortable as one of the big residents in the area, that this project works on all those fronts.”

Mr Collette said there was the potential for significant environmental benefits, as materials used in the proposed facility would otherwise go to landfill.

“The refuse-derived fuel and the paper and the other components that it makes up, we actually think of that as a renewable source of energy,” he said.

“It is something that continually gets produced, and then used and produced, because paper is ultimately a renewable resource.

“So when you look at it from that perspective, we’re expecting that it will improve the overall emissions profile of Mount Piper.”

However, environmental group the Colong Foundation told ABC News the proposed project was the wrong step for diversifying sources of power.

Director Keith Muir said he was concerned about the potential impacts of pollution from the site.

“In burning waste, what you’re doing is you’re actually burning a resource, so any sort of strategies that we have for zero-waste gets undermined by this plant,” Mr Muir said.

“There is a big move now in Europe to stop building these sorts of plants and to go towards reusing waste as a resource.

“The air emissions include highly toxic pollutants, and these things are really carcinogenic and you only need tiny amounts in the air to increase cancer risks.”

Mr Muir said the ash from such a plant would also pose a risk to waterways.

“It’ll be emplaced in the Coxs River catchment, part of the drinking water supply [for Sydney],” he said.

“It shouldn’t be in that sort of environment. It should just be ruled out at this feasibility stage.”

The feasibility study, design work and planning applications are expected to take 12 months.

EnergyAustralia said a decision on whether to proceed with the project would be made in 2018, with first power scheduled for 2019.

New Waste and Recycling Industry Association formed

A new waste and recycling industry representative body was formed in Adelaide earlier this month, after a meeting attended by representatives from a range of companies with direct investment in the state’s waste management, recycling and resource recovery industry.

An inaugural management committee of the the Waste and Recycling Industry Association of South Australia (WRISA) has been formed consisting of representatives from Solo Resource Recovery, Peats Soil, Veolia, Mastec, Suez, Scout Recycling, ResourceCo and Bettatrans.

“Through WRISA, the waste management and recycling industry operators in South Australia will have the opportunity as a single voice to promote the industry, and optimise engagement of government, business and the community,” said Peter Wadewitz, president of WRISA and managing director of Peats Soil.

“Our objective is to influence change in the interest of the industry.”

The focus of WRISA will be to engage those with an investment in the industry and to promote solutions to the legislative and regulatory challenges facing the sector.

WRISA said the association’s activities will be ensuring consultation goes right across the local industry, and canvasses the views of all players large and small.





Sydney’s Trisun Green Energy Co secures work in Vietnam

Sydney-based firm Trisun Green Energy Co has secured approval to build a $520-million waste treatment plant outside Ho Chi Minh City in southern Vietnam.

VN Express International reported the Australian company will use plasma gasification technology in the plant to burn 3,000 tons of garbage per day, which equates to more than 40 percent of the city’s volume of waste.

As Vietnam’s largest economic hub, Ho Chi Minh City has treated its waste using burial methods at its landfill sites, with the remainder incinerated and a small portion recycled.

The plant will use runaway heat to generate electricity while the post-incineration material will be used for making building materials.

Ho Chi Minh City will cover the cost to treat each ton of solid household waste, at $20.63 per ton, while the Australian firm will negotiate the price of treating industrial, medical and hazardous waste with their generators.

In October of last year, the city gave Cienco, a state-owned company providing environmental services, the green light to build the first waste treatment plant with the ability to generate generate power.

Data from the Ho Chi Minh City environment department found the city produces about 2.5 million tons of garbage each year, costing it VND1 trillion ($44 million) for waste treatment.

The plant will take about 33 months to be built.

ZenRobotics delivers new waste sorting system

E-waste recycling

Finish robotic technology developer ZenRobotics will deliver a new robotic waste sorting system to Melbourne waste management firm Sunshine Groupe.

Waste Management World reported the three-armed ZenRobotics Recycler units (ZRR3) would be the first of its kind in Australia, which will be fully operational by spring 2017.

Sunshine Group told the publication it had been investing its funds in a bid to become one of Melbourne’s primary waste processors.

“We believe that through changed thinking and innovative technology, wastes can be transformed into valuable resources. We will achieve this by challenging conventional waste practices and by looking for new and innovative technologies to recycle waste,” explained Tom Buxton, Director at Sunshine Groupe.

Sunshine Groupe installed a material recycling facility (MRF) at its Brooklyn landfill and recovery site through a partnership with Sustainability Victoria.

The facility has been used by the Melbourne company to better identify resources from the 120,000 tonnes per annum waste stream to be repurposed and reused for other materials.

Once the waste is sorted, it will be transferred to the robotic material sorting plant.

ZenRobotics explained that the ZRR3 will use precision sensors and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to sort specific material types from the waste stream.

Robots in Waste’s Jim Duncan told Waste Management World the Australian market looks very promising for the technology.

“It is exciting for Robots in Waste to have the Sunshine Groupe project finally close to completion as there are many companies that are aware of this significant development and are watching with interest,” he said.

“Because of the sheer size of our country we will have people flying across the continent to see the ZRR3 in action. Such is the interest in the system.”


Central Australian salt mine to operate as waste facility

A proposed salt mine in Central Australia will also be used as a deep storage facility for archival material and hazardous waste.

Developers Tellus Holdings noted the facility’s potential in a statement, as the draft environmental impact statement [EIS] was released last week.

Managing director Duncan van der Merwe told ABC News the concept was nothing new.

“The voids leftover from mining effectively creates an underground warehouse business,” Mr van der Merwe said.

“This is popular in Europe and North America where the banks and governments store equipment and electronic archives and paper copies.

“It’s just like one of your commercial above-ground storage facilities, but is well suited in a dry environment.”

The proposed Chandler site salt mine is 120km south of Alice Springs.

Mr van der Merwe said waste types, such as those from agriculture, the construction sector, health care, manufacturing as well as chemical, industry, mining and technology could be stored in the rock salt mines.

“Oil, gas and waste from utilities like electricity, water, gas supply [can also be stored],” he said.

The facility would be able to store or permanently isolate up to 400,000 tonnes of waste per annum, the draft indicates.

ABC News reported the company expects to start with 30,000 tonnes for the first year and an average 340,000 tonnes per annum after that.

Mr van der Merwe said underground salt mines were ideal for storing these waste products.

However, he said they will not take nuclear and uranium waste.

“We’re emphatically saying that we will not take uranium waste and nuclear waste. In the event that we even get approached down the road we will decline that.

“We are not interested in using out facility for these services.”

The draft EIS is available for public comment until Friday, March 31, 2017.

Sydney Airport achieves Airport Carbon Accreditation

Sydney Opera House is following a new environmental sustainability plan

Sydney Airport has achieved Airports Council International (ACI) Level 3 Airport Carbon Accreditation by working with airport business partners to manage and reduce carbon emissions.

Airport Carbon Accreditation recognises and accredits the efforts of airports to manage and reduce their carbon emissions, with four levels of certification: Mapping, Reduction, Optimisation and Neutrality.

Sydney Airport Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Kerrie Mather welcomed the accreditation.

“This is a fantastic result that recognises our continued work with airlines, tenants, business partners and airport staff to map and then reduce our overall airport carbon footprint,” Ms Mather said.

“Sydney Airport has already delivered a 25.6% reduction in carbon emissions per passenger since 2010, well ahead of our target date. We’ve also achieved an absolute reduction of 8% – a great result given the growth of our business since 2010.”

To achieve Level 3, Optimisation – Sydney Airport was required to:

  • measure emissions from the landing and take-off cycle, electricity usage, ground transport and staff business travel;
  • provide evidence of stakeholder engagement;
  • meet level one and two accreditation requirements; and
  • show a reduction in its carbon footprint by analysing the carbon emissions data of three consecutive years.

ACI Asia-Pacific Regional Director Patti Chau said the program is the only institutionally-endorsed, carbon management certification standard for airports.

“Sydney Airport’s achievement is no small feat. It is a demonstration of the airport’s commitment in operating the airport in an environmentally sustainable manner together with its business partners, with the willingness to go the extra mile.

In addition to achieving Level 3 Airport Carbon Accreditation, Sydney Airport has implemented a range of environmental initiatives, including:

  • a $5 million investment in environmentally friendly ground transport, including Australia’s first electric airport buses;
  • investing significantly to reduce water usage across the airport including development of a recycled water treatment plant;
  • investing to facilitate cleaner, quieter, next generation aircraft;
  • developing an energy and carbon reduction plan to identify new energy savings, greenhouse gas emission reductions and energy efficiency opportunities;
  • becoming the first Australian airport to release a Sustainability Report in line with GRI G4 reporting requirements;
  • development and implementation of an Environment Strategy and a Sustainability Strategy;
  • partnering with environmental education provider Kids Teaching Kids, mentoring future environmental leaders; and
  • working with Conservation Volunteers Australia to deliver environmentally beneficial outcomes across the local community, including a bush regeneration program at Kamay Botany Bay National Park.

ACI’s Airport Carbon Accreditation is an international and industry recognised certification program designed to assess and recognise airports’ efforts to manage and reduce their carbon emissions.

It is the only industry-specific, performance-based, voluntary and institutionally- endorsed accreditation label designed specifically for airports.

NSW container deposit scheme extended

The green aims of container deposit legislation (CDS)

The implementation date for the New South Wales 10 cent container deposit scheme has been extended by five months following requests from environment groups and industry bodies, the NSW Government says.

The government said the container deposit scheme will now be rolled out from 1 December, 2017, in order to “ensure maximum possible state-wide coverage from day one”.

“Clean Up Australia and the Boomerang Alliance, along with industry stakeholders, have asked for an extension of time to make sure the container deposit scheme is a world leading program, from day one,” NSW Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton said.

“This will be the biggest initiative to tackle litter in the state’s history – stakeholder feedback is vital to get the scheme right.”

The 2015-2016 National Litter Index found that 49 per cent of litter by volume was made up of beverage containers – and 43 per cent of the total volume was containers that will be caught by the NSW container deposit scheme.

Boomerang Alliance Director Jeff Angel said the Alliance fought hard for the container deposit scheme and wanted to ensure it would work efficiently for the community and business to maximise the environmental benefits.

“The Alliance understood that getting the container deposit scheme up and running was a very complicated process. It’s better to delay the implementation by a few months, so the scheme is ready from day one,” Mr Angel said.

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.

The container deposit scheme will give people a financial incentive to do the right thing and recycle drink containers to significantly reduce the estimated 160 million drink containers littered every year.

The Australian Food and Grocery Council Director of Economics and Sustainability Tanya Barden said the beverage industry supported an efficient and effective container deposit scheme in NSW.

“We’re pleased that the NSW Government has listened to industry’s and environmental groups’ views about the complexity of introducing such a scheme. This extension allows the time to put the fundamentals in place so that the scheme can operate smoothly for both consumers and industry,” Ms Barden said.