Volvo Trucks exhibits at Waste Expo Australia

Multinational manufacturing company, Volvo Trucks, has displayed its Euro-VI compliant FE Dual Control waste truck at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre as part of Waste Expo Australia.

“We are extremely proud to display what we feel is the ultimate residential waste truck at the 2017 Waste Expo Australia,“ said Volvo Trucks Australia Vice President, Mitch Peden.

“The combination of Volvo’s proven global platform, dedicated local engineers and close collaboration with major waste management customers has enabled us to produce a superior residential waste truck for the Australian market.

“We treat our customers as business partners, and through this close collaboration we knew they wanted a safer, greener, ergonomically superior truck that would drive value in their business; and that’s exactly what our engineers have delivered,“ he said.

According to Volvo Trucks, the FE Dual Control has a wider windshield, extra side mirrors and windows. Safety features for the standard 6×4 models include collision warning, emergency braking and Electronic Stability Program (ESP).

“Driver comfort and providing a quiet, ergonomic working environment is becoming increasingly important for Australia’s residential waste operators, which is exactly why our engineers made full scale models of the dual-control dash to ensure every button and switch was in exactly the right position,“ said Peden.

National Waste and Recycling Industry Council headlines Waste Expo

Max Spedding, Chief Executive Officer of the newly formed National Waste and Recycling Industry Council, is set to present one of his first public addresses at Waste Expo Australia.

Mr Spedding will address some of the barriers to achieving a circular economy with sustainable recycling, highlighting issues the council’s members are facing in a heavily regulated industry, including disparities with state landfill levies, interstate transportation and the stockpiling of waste.

He will encourage governments to work together, while also calling for state financing arrangements from accumulated landfill levy funds, allowing for better infrastructure to be provided for waste re-use, recovery and recirculation.

Mr Spedding said he hopes the ongoing work of the council will also encourage greater support for new infrastructure, education programs, research and development, and regulatory enforcement.

“Currently, 60,000 tonnes of waste per month travels from Sydney – where levies are the highest in Australia – to Queensland, where no levies exist,” Mr Spedding said.

“This example alone demonstrates the ineffective and uneven landfill levy policies currently in place, and is one of the many reasons why the council is calling on state governments to make much needed changes to policies and regulations.

Mr Spedding said Waste Expo Australia provided an opportunity for the council to demonstrate a united voice for its members, facilitating meaningful and sustainable recycling together.

“We’re here to make changes towards a circular economy, and we’re in a position and at a stage where we can do so to benefit not just our members, but all Australians.”

Waste Expo Australia will feature more than 70 exhibitors.

Visitors at this month’s exhibition and conference will have the opportunity to hear from more than 35 of the sector’s most reputable leaders as part of Waste Summit, a seminar program. The program is the largest free-to-attend waste management conference in Australia, with 30 topical and informative sessions, keynote presentations, practical case studies, lively panel sessions and white paper discussions.

The Waste Summit provides an opportunity for attendees to learn from industry peers and stay informed across areas including policy, legislation, circular economy, waste-to-energy, solid waste management, new technologies and advancements.

Waste Expo Australia will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 October. It will be co-located with All-Energy Australia 2017, the country’s premier clean energy and renewables event, as part of Australian Sustainability Week. To register for Waste Expo Australia, head to their website. 

Max Spedding will present Waste and Recycling in Australia – Where to next, at 10:15am on Wednesday 11 October, at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Egans Asset management: Waste Expo Australia

Future business systems will need to address the causes of our warming planet, according to Peter Mulherin, Research Associate at RMIT University.

Presenting a talk at next week’s Waste Expo Australia, Peter will discuss alternative product stewardship models and opportunities in the office furniture industry. The research associate and entrepreneur will demonstrate opportunities for lifecycle extensions, materials recovery and waste reduction, while exploring mechanisms to provide rich insights to the supply chain. The ideas embody the concept of a circular economy.

With a background in design, manufacturing and construction, Peter will present a talk on his experiences while working for recycling company Egans Asset Management. As Founder of the technology start-up ProductWise, Peter is now expanding his efforts into establishing a database for waste management companies and generators. The database will allow companies to vet products within a common set of standards, rules and regulations and prospects for re-use.

Peter tells Waste Management Review Egans was one of the first applications under the Product Stewardship Act 2011 voluntary provisions.

Prior to the establishment of Egans’ Wise Office Furniture Program, the company was auctioning furniture, fixtures and equipment for the second hand market. But Egans was left with a hefty amount of unsold products, as some were unsellable.

To address the issue, it developed a database to identify whether a furniture product will become a reusable asset or liability at the point of procurement. Through the program, the environmental disposal company tracks all of its assets through the disposal process, enabling it to provide detailed landfill avoidance reports and certificates. It allows businesses to demonstrate environmental outcomes at three phases of the product life, from design and manufacture, use and consumption and end-of-life.

Peter explains that businesses should be able to ascertain whether their purchase has been designed to be maintained and serviced through its lifecycle.

The database aims to place the onus of responsibility back onto waste generators to share the responsibility of recycling and re-use.

“The database allows us to start seeing the impact and the consequence of the decisions we make along the supply chain, we can get instant feedback loops and we can get rapid acceleration of the implication of those decisions,” Peter says.

Ultimately Peter’s vision is for a circular economy where products are designed to be recovered, re-used or re-purposed back into the product lifecycle.

Peter’s talk will take place on Wednesday, October 11 from 11.30am to 12.15pm at Waste Expo Australia at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre. To register as a visitor, head to the event website. 

 

Waste Expo Australia showcases line-up

Waste Expo Australia has revealed the latest Australian and global technology innovations to be featured at Waste Evolution, a feature showcase that will be on display at next month’s event.

Waste Evolution will showcase new technologies, prototypes, products and processes set to change waste management and resource recovery in Australia. A series of hands-on demonstrations and case study-led seminar sessions will feature:

  • Deakin University’s 3D printer, which is bringing clean water to the Pacific and cleaning up plastic waste
  • Green Eco Technologies’ new WasteMaster waste processing system, which aims to reduce the weight and volume of food waste by up to 80 per cent
  • Newtechpoly’s home-grown Aussie technology PolyWaste, which economically turns plastic litter such as what is washed up on beaches, into furniture and value-added plastic products
  • The first solar generation system of its kind on an Australian landfill, designed and implemented by Joule Energy
  • Alter NRG’s Plasma Gasification, which enables conversion of multiple waste streams into gas turbines, liquid fuel technologies, fuel cells and renewable hydrogen
  • WastAway’s patented processing system, which works to sustainably handle municipal solid waste using a unique hydrothermal system to achieve zero landfill growth
  • Replas’ sustainable solution to the major issue of plastic use increasing worldwide
  • Bioelektra Group’s waste treatment technology, which unveils resource potential in waste by achieving a diversion rate of more than 96 per cent from landfill

John Gorton, Executive Director, Reed Exhibitions Australia, said Waste Expo Australia brings together pioneering companies and solutions in the waste industry that are helping to drive a greener economy.

“The event gives visitors the chance to learn about and see firsthand the latest innovations in the business of waste management,” he said.

“Exhibitors also have the opportunity to share their knowledge and educate the industry on waste-related technologies with thousands of potential customers, investors, collaborators and contacts.”

Waste Expo Australia will feature more than 70 exhibitors, with more that 50 of these companies presenting their latest innovations for the first time at a major event in Victoria this year, including Caterpillar, Bost Group, Cleanaway and Manitou Group.

Visitors at next month’s exhibition and conference will have the opportunity to hear from more than 35 of the sector’s most reputable leaders as part of the seminar program – Waste Summit. The program is the largest free-to-attend waste management conference in Australia, with 30 topical and informative sessions, offering keynote presentations, practical case studies, panel sessions and white paper discussions.

The Waste Summit provides an opportunity for attendees to learn from industry peers and stay informed across areas including policy, legislation, circular economy, waste-to-energy, solid waste management, new technologies and advancements.

Speakers include Grant Musgrove from the Australian Council of Recycling (ACOR), Max Spedding from the National Waste and Recycling Industry Council (NWRIC), and senior representatives from the Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group and the Environment Protection Authority Victoria.

Waste Expo Australia is free-to-attend and will be co-located with All-Energy Australia 2017, the largest clean energy and renewables event in Australia, as part of Australian Sustainability Week. To register, visit Waste Expo Australia.

Waste Expo Australia will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 October.

Waste Expo Australia

welogoWaste Expo Australia runs from 11-12 October 2017 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. It will bring together Australia’s key solution providers in the waste management, recycling, resource recovery and sustainability sectors, showcasing the latest technology, products and turnkey solutions. Visitors will have access to leading brands exhibiting at the exhibition as well as industry experts participating in the free-to-attend Waste Summit Conference. The Waste Summit Conference will feature more than 30 industry experts over 25 conference sessions that will include keynote presentations, case studies and white paper discussions of key themes such as:

  • Policy updates
  • Circular economies
  • Waste to energy
  • Solid waste manager practices

Waste Expo Australia will also feature Waste Evolution, a unique platform and seminar series which will showcase new technologies, products and processes set to change waste management and resource recovery in Australia. Free-to-attend, Waste Evolution features hands-on demonstrations and a series of ten case studies and seminar sessions. Learn from international experiences and Australian firsts, hear about new technologies being developed and join discussions presenting recent business case studies, business models and methodologies. Topics covered include technologies for a better environment, municipal solid waste processing, waste to energy solutions, solar generation systems on landfills, corporate social responsibility, reverse supply chains and achieving sustainability development goals through materials reuse.

Waste Expo Australia is co-located with All-Energy Australia forming one of the most significant showcases of waste, recycling, renewable energy and energy efficiency technology, and bringing together innovative solutions that will develop a sustainable future and drive a green economy.

Register now at www.wasteexpoaustralia.com.au