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The global solid waste management market is expected to exceed USD 340 billion (AUD452.8) by 2024, according to a new research report from market research firm Global Market Insights Inc.
According to the report, the solid waste management industry has been growing significantly in terms of remuneration, due in part to increasingly stringent regulatory norms and guidelines.
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The European market is also set to grow exponentially as countries like the UK and Germany adopt new recycling technologies and introduce comprehensive directives to lower air pollution and land usage, according to the report.
It estimates the UK solid waste management industry size will surpass a total processing capacity of over 35 million tonnes by 2024.
The region also has been characterised by the interest in waste to energy (WtE) facilities being set up, the report said. Hitachi Zosen Inova AG has also announded recently to build Turkey’s first WtE plant – planned to be the largest WtE project in Europe with the capacity to process 15 per cent of Istanbul’s solid waste per year.
The report also says that companies like Biffa Group, Hitachi, Veolia, Amec Foster Wheeler, E.L. Harvey & Sons, and Stericycle have been focusing on acquiring upcoming companies to fortify their presence in the industry.
Veolia Water Technologies has been selected to deliver a water treatment plant at the Talison Lithium Mine in WA.
The mine, located in Greenbushes, is the biggest hard rock lithium mine in the world. The Greenbushes Lithium Mine Water Treatment plant will be constructed utilising some of Veolia Water Technologies products.
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Veolia Water Technologies will provide a water treatment plant solution based on ACTIFLO clarification, CeraMem ultrafiltration, high recovery RO and two stage EVALED thermal evaporation. The plant is designed to treat a maximum feed flow of 150 metres cubed and hour to recover the most water as possible.
It aims to double the output from the Greenbushes Operations and satisfy environmental requirements to reduce lithium contained in onsite mine water before it is discharged into environment.
Veolia Water Technologies specialises in water and wastewater treatment solutions to the private and public sector and design, build, operate and maintain wastewater treatment facilities.
Lithium from the mine is used in batteries, busses and passenger vehicles, aerospace allows, wind turbines, glass and ceramics.
Preliminary activities have commenced, and the construction of the water treatment plan is expected to be completed and operational in 2019.
Veolia Australia and New Zealand has acquired ACTQ Septic Services, building on its liquid waste services offering in the Australian Capital Territory.
With an annual turnover of $1.5 million and five full-time employees, ACTQ Septic Services offers grease trap and portable toilet (septic) services across ACT from its Queanbeyan-based facility.
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Danny Conlon, Veolia’s Executive General Manager – Eastern Region, said the decision to purchase ACTQ falls in line with Veolia’s strategic plans to expand its liquid waste solution offering. He said it ensures the company has the capability to meet future market demand, while complementing its existing portfolio of waste management services.
The acquisition was also aligned to meet service requirements for Veolia’s existing customers, such as the Department of Defence. It now enables Veolia to bring previously outsourced services, such as portable toilet hire, in-house.
“We can now offer a broader range of waste and wastewater management services to our ACT and regional NSW customers. The biggest benefit lies in being able to scale our local operations, which will enable better utilisation and reduce disposal costs,” Mr Conlon added.
ACTQ was established in 1994 by Greg McAllister, and the ownership had remained unchanged since this time.
The ACTQ purchase is the fourth waste services business acquisition completed by Veolia in 2017. Earlier this year, Veolia successfully completed acquisitions of Catalyst, Ellwaste and Clean It, bolstering its services and capability across WA, VIC, NSW and QLD, respectively.
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.
This facility will treat the mine water and deliver water to the power station for beneficial reuse. 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.
Veolia has secured a three-year deal with Farm Waste Recovery (FWR), part of the Industry Waste Recovery (IWR) group.
The deal will see Veolia provide collection, transport and recycling services of polypropylene packaging for their closed-loop network across Australia.
Established in 2015, FWR is the flagship program supported by cornerstone businesses, Incitec Pivot Fertilisers and Impact Fertilisers, and helps industries and farmers recycle agricultural packaging and product waste in a sustainable manner.
Leveraging Veolia’s waste collections and management expertise, IWR will work with industry stakeholders to significantly reduce the number of landfilled polypropylene bags, also known as flexible intermediate bulk container (FIBC) bags, many of which cause environmental damage by polluting fields, waterways and roads.
This initiative will allow businesses to pre-purchase the packaging, which then can be used and dropped off at collection sites, to be further transported and processed by Veolia.
Danny Conlon, Executive General Manager of Veolia Australia and New Zealand, said the new partnership demonstrated Veolia’s unwavering commitment to providing sustainable waste management solutions, with a specific focus on environmental excellence.
“We saw an incredible opportunity in partnering with an industry leader that is tackling the challenge of packaging waste head on, in particular an issue as widespread as FIBC waste. IWR has ambitious recovery targets and together, we will deliver an environment-friendly solution to recycle an otherwise wasted resource,” Mr Conlon said.
Mr Conlon added, “Our partnership with IWR is part of a wider, united targeted approach to waste management.
The significant rise in the use of polypropylene bags and its associated waste has prompted IWR to develop a solution that encourages the development of long-term collection and disposal practices.
Stephen Richards, Managing Director of IWR, confirmed FWR operates on a closed-loop supply chain and involves a cross-section of industry operators, like Veolia, as well as farmers, manufacturers and associations, which has led to gaining the support of governments and councils.
“To date, IWR has successfully recovered 1,123,928 kgs of plastic which has been turned it into re-usable plastic and is targeting the recovery of 12,000,000 kgs of plastic by June 2020,” he said.
“Partnering with Veolia will enable national coverage to all of our new and existing customers, and we see this collaboration as a step in the right direction for our group.”
Mr Conlon echoed the sentiment, “Over the next 12 to 24 months, carefully managing the recovery and reuse of FIBCs will be crucial, and we will work very closely with IWR to ensure their targets are met every step of the way.”
Waste and water company Veolia is continuing infrastructure upgrades in Sydney’s North West, as part of a project by Sydney Water which aims to cater to projected population growth and new housing developments.
Veolia recently completed work on Sydney Water’s North West Growth Centre (NWGC) Riverstone Wastewater Package 2, Trenchless Australasia reported in January.
They have previously completed work on a new drinking reservoir, recycled water and wastewater pipelines in Sydney’s North West.
Sydney Water’s North West Growth Centre (NWGC) project aims to service the growing population of Australia’s largest city, and includes the Riverstone and Alex Avenue Precincts.
Package 1, which has now been completed, included the construction of a new drinking reservoir and about 23 km of drinking water, recycled water and wastewater pipelines.
The completed package provided new services in the Riverstone and Alex Avenue Precincts, including a 40 million litre drinking water reservoir, drinking water pipelines for the new precincts and a wastewater pipeline for the Alex Avenue precinct.
Packages 2 and 3A of the NWGC project commenced in early 2013, and included the installation of three wastewater lead-ins in Riverstone.
The next stage of the NWGC project is expected to be completed by mid-2018, and includes new water and wastewater services in Vineyard, Riverstone East, Riverstone West, North Kellyville, Box Hill and various other areas.
A new body working to create a cohesive national vision for Australia’s waste management industry, the National Waste and Recycling Industry Council (NWRIC) has officially formed, following the first meeting of its executive in Sydney on February 13.
NWRIC has received support from Australia’s largest waste management companies – and has begun operations.
The Council will be empowered to begin its work thanks to the support of its national members – Alex Fraser Group, Cleanaway, J. J. Richards and Sons, Solo Resource Recovery, Suez, Toxfree, Remondis, ResourceCo and Veolia.
“The waste and recycling industry needs a national voice to advocate for a fair, sustainable and prosperous industry for all stakeholders,” said Phil Richards, Chairman of the NWRIC’s host association Board.
“Australia’s waste management industry is an essential service, and through the NWRIC, we will be asking the Commonwealth along with State Governments to support our initiatives to take the industry forward.”
The NWRIC will serve waste management enterprises by creating industry led policy. The Council will be led by newly appointed CEO Max Spedding, and supported by Secretariat manager Alex Serpo.
The NWRIC will work in close partnership with jurisdictional affiliates. This partnership will allow the Council to represent and canvas concerns from many of Australia’s 450 small and medium sized waste management enterprises. Together, state affiliates and the national office will coordinate to create, and advocate for, cohesive national policy.
From today, the Council will commence working to create, share and build support for policy positions which will move the industry forward. Initial areas of focus include better planning, a fair market, the national harmonisation of the regulations governing the industry and effective policing of standards.
The Council welcomes media enquiries, dialogue with waste management companies seeking involvement in the NWRIC and feedback from stakeholders.