Australian Landfill & Transfer Stations Awards announced

The Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA) has announced the winners of the 2017 National Landfill & Transfer Stations Innovation and Excellence Awards.

The awards showcase best practice in landfill and transfer stations, with the aim of commending exceptional sites.

The awards include the Transfer Stations Excellence Award, the Landfill Excellence Award and the Innovation Award.

In the area of Transfer Stations Excellence, Townsville Waste Services took the top spot for their Magnetic Island Transfer Station.

Located eight kilometres offshore from Townsville and within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage area, Magnetic Island’s transfer station was designed to receive a range of domestic, organic and commercial waste for sorting and categorisation.

The construction of the transfer station has allowed the Picnic Bay Landfill to be closed at the public since March 7, 2016.

In the area of Landfill Excellence, Dulverton Waste Management (DWM) proved victorious. DWM is located near Latrobe in Tasmania’s north-west. The landfill, with a life of 70-plus years, has a detailed aftercare plan.

The DWM landfill was the region’s first to operate a landfill gas system to extract methane and assist in annual carbon abatement of approximately 10,000 tonnes CO2-e.

It also incorporates Tasmania’s largest compost facility, diverting more than 29 per cent of waste into high-quality compost certified to the voluntary Australian Standard for Composts, Soil Conditioners and Mulches.

Queensland’s Toowoomba Regional Council Waste service won the award for Innovation, after developing an automated facility which slowly reduced the time required for staff to manage the facility.

Systems integrated into Greater Toowoomba’s Waste Management Facility include electronic gates, digital CCTV, security and building management systems.


Call for abstracts for ENVIRO’17

The Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA) is calling on industry to submit abstract topics for this year’s ENVIRO’17 Convention.

Co-hosted by the Australasian Waste & Recycling Expo, ENVIRO’17 will explore the impact of Circular Economy on the full waste and resource recover industry.

This includes how waste is minimised and generated, recovered and reused and recycled.

WMAA said that over two days, delegates will hear from both international and national leaders who have embraced a new way of thinking and can demonstrate how massive productivity gains can be achieved by its implementation, and why the waste and resource recovery sector must take a leadership role in this.

wmaa-logo_final“The current linear ‘make-take-waste’ approach is no longer viable,” WMAA said.

“Australian companies are facing the increasing challenges of managing resources, developing infrastructure and expanding and managing supply chains that are sustainable, whilst monitoring costs and responding to regulation.”

WMAA said abstracts will be presented in a holistic way with a future vision for cities and communities.

The Convention will also examine how society needs to operate in the future to successfully address the challenges of population and urban growth including the future built environment, demand on natural resources, disruptive technology, rising costs, competition and consumer expectations.

Abstracts will need to address one of the following:

  • What’s coming? Get ready (new and different demands from clients, disruption, accreditation, measurement, performance)
  • How is the industry going to build capacity to respond? (New Skills, new tech, new reporting, new systems for data collection and analysis, regulation)
  • What will the new waste and recycling companies look like going forward –
    Knowledge management?
    Decision making?

All submissions will need to provide supporting documentation/data to quantify their projects.

To submit an abstract, head to WMAA’s survey link. Submissions close on Friday, March 31.

ENVIRO’17 will be held on August 23-24, 2017 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Waste Management Association of Australia announces scholarship

The Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA) has announced JustWaste Consulting environment manager Isabel Axiö as the winner of its inaugural revamped Young Professionals Scholarship.

Beginning last year, the scholarship required a submission of an abstract to one of WMAA’s national conferences to be held in 2017.

The funding allows the winner to attend and present at a national conference, providing exposure to the industry and their peers.

WMAA said Ms Axiö’s submission was of a high calibre and relevant to current issues facing the waste and resource recovery industry.

Ms Axiö has been employed at JustWaste since 2015, they said, and engaged in auditing, site assessments and EPA approvals.

Her presentation, Innovative strategy for rural transfer stations: working towards increased diversion rates, revenue and employment, will run on day two of the conference on March 29, to be held from March 28 to 31 at Rosehill Gardens in Sydney.

They said her strategic approach results in a continuous drive to identify holistic solutions that take into account social behavioural norms as well as the political and financial landscapes of her role.

“Ms Axiö strives towards progressive innovation and is always seeking to find new solutions to old problems,” WMAA said.

“I feel appreciated and enthused to receive the scholarship,” Ms Axiö said.

WMAA said they will undergo a similar scholarship process for ENVIRO‘17, to be held in Melbourne in August 2017.