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Waste ending up in landfill on the decline in WA

The WA Government has released two recycling survey reports which show a significant increase in recycling rates in some waste sectors.

The 2015-16 Census of Local Government Waste and Recycling Services and the Recycling Activity in Western Australia 2015-16 reports showed recycling rates were increasing in the state’s commercial and construction sectors. Waste recycling in the commercial and industrial sector was 56 per cent in 2015-16 – exceeding the state’s 2015 target of 55 per cent.

In the construction and demolition sector, the recycling rate improved by 15 percentage points to 57 per cent in 2015-16 compared to the previous year.

However, the recycling rate in the municipal waste sector fell to 36 per cent in the Perth metropolitan region in 2015-16, well below the state’s target of 50 per cent.

The census confirmed that three-bin systems – including those in the state government’s Better Bins program – outperformed two-bin kerbside collection systems.

The census also showed that local governments in Western Australia spent $288 million collecting 1.5 million tonnes of domestic waste in 2015-16, with an average of 28 kilograms of waste generated per household each week.

 

“It’s encouraging to see that three-bin systems funded through the $20 million Better Bins program are proving to be an effective way of improving kerbside recycling rates,” said Environment Minister Stephen Dawson.

“There are significant gains to be made by improving the performance of kerbside recovery systems and I encourage local governments to apply for Better Bins program funding.”

Mount Isa Water Treatment Plant opens

The Mount Isa Waste Water Reclamation Plant has officially opened after its latest upgrade, providing a wider range of reuse options.

The upgrade will improve the quality of treated effluent for industrial use, reducing the use of fresh drinking water in areas such as construction.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the $5 million upgrade would provide enhanced water infrastructure for the Mount Isa region.

Senator for Queensland Matthew Canavan said effluent water could be used in mining and construction operations in critical times like severe drought.

“The project has ensured the Mount Isa Waste Water Reclamation Plant will be capable of meeting current licence conditions as well as meeting the Class A standard required for human health protection,” Senator Canavan said.

“Pressure will be relieved on Mount Isa’s potable drinking water supply by using the Class A treated effluent to irrigate public parks and sporting fields. It is vital that we protect the supply of potable water especially during critical times such as in times of drought.”

The Upgrade of Stage 2A Sewer Augmentation at Mount Isa was jointly funded by the Federal Government ($2.5 million), Queensland Government ($1 million), and Mount Isa City Council (over $1.6 million).

Cleanaway receives $90 million CEFC loan

Cleanaway Waste Management Ltd has received a $90 million corporate loan from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC).

CEFC CEO Ian Learmonth said the finance would be used across a range of eligible waste management projects, to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill, as well as generating renewable energy and avoiding carbon emissions.

“Australia currently generates around 48 million tonnes of waste a year, with as much as 44 per cent of this ending up as landfill,” Mr Learmonth said.

“It is critical that we reduce the amount of waste going to landfill and better manage landfill emissions. Cleanaway’s position as the largest waste management and industrial services company in Australia means it can lead the waste sector in demonstrating the benefits of best practice clean energy operations in reducing emissions.”

Cleanaway operates a national network of unique waste collection, processing, treatment and landfill assets from more than 180 locations across Australia.

CEFC Waste Sector Lead Henry Anning said the CEFC finance would enable the company to fast track a range of eligible projects, including facilities for organics processing and resource recovery, as well as landfill gas projects.

In its first confirmed project to draw on the CEFC finance, Cleanaway will develop a resource recovery centre at Erskine Park in NSW that will be capable of processing 150,000 tonnes of waste a year, diverting approximately 40 per cent of waste volume from landfill.

“This is a milestone transaction for the CEFC in the area of waste and bioenergy, which has a vital role to play in our clean energy transition,” Mr Anning said.

“As our first major transaction with a leading Australian waste management company, we are looking to demonstrate how clean energy technologies can be used to tackle the problem of waste emissions. Cleanaway is already using innovative solutions to generate renewable energy from waste and reduce landfill, and the company will achieve further significant emissions reductions with this CEFC finance.”

Cleanaway CEO Vik Bansal said Cleanaway was committed to helping industry, businesses and householders create a more sustainable Australia.

“We already have a strong focus on sustainable practices and we are excited about what further investment this will enable us to achieve,” Mr Bansal said.

“This CEFC finance will help us accelerate moves away from traditional landfill solutions by adopting technologies and practices that will help us achieve better environmental, social and economic outcomes.”

WA Government opens discussion paper on CDS

The Western Australian Government has launched a community discussion paper for the state’s Container Deposit Scheme.

Public feedback will be sought on the design of the scheme, which is based on a refund amount of 10 cents to align with other jurisdictions. The refund will be paid for each eligible, empty beverage container – including 150 millilitre to three litre soft drink bottles and cans, bottled waters, flavoured milks, sports drinks, beer cans and spirit-based mixes.

As many as 500 jobs are predicted to be created once the scheme is up and running, through its administration, collection points and delivery of recycled goods.

Beverage containers account for 35 per cent of the volume of all litter in WA, but the government predicts the scheme will start reducing litter by 2019.

By contrast, in South Australia – where a scheme has been in place for 40 years – beverage containers account for 17 per cent of the litter stream.

The discussion paper is available at http://www.dwer.wa.gov.au/cds

Comments on the scheme must be submitted by Monday, October 23.

A stockpile of scrap tyres

Reducing the risk of the Stawell tyre stockpile

The Environment Protection Agency (EPA) continues to make progress on removing millions of tyres from the Stawell stockpile.

Removal works on Saleyards Road began on 9 August, and nearly 2000 tonnes of tyres have already been removed from the site and sent to a Melbourne facility for processing.

While this is a significant number of tyres, it is only a fraction of what needs to be removed to ensure the community’s safety from the stockpile.

The tyre stockpile near Stawell has been a known risk for some time. The Country Fire Authority assessed it as a very high fire risk that presents social, environmental and economic risks for the people of Stawell.

While tyres are stable and not considered to be a hazardous material, if there is a fire, tyres break down into hazardous compounds including gases, heavy metals and oil, generating a great deal of smoke.

There are numerous environmental impacts that can occur from a tyre fire, including impacts on local air quality, firewater runoff into local waterways and land contamination. By removing this stockpile, EPA will remove these risks to both the community and the environment.

The Victorian Government has invested $162.5 million into the EPA to further boost its capacity to manage risks such as those presented by stockpiling of wastes.

The Government is also introducing new laws to further manage the risk of stockpiled waste material through the development of an Interim Waste Management Policy. The policy will target risks from the stockpiling of combustible waste materials.

“The failure of those in control of the site to meet their obligations under various EPA and CFA notices has led to this action being taken,” said Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio.

“A tyre fire in Stawell would have had serious health, economic and environmental consequences for the local community.”

According to TSA CEO Dale Gilson, the Stawell stockpile, more recently estimated to be between 1 and 3 million tyres, is “a clear indication of the type of outcome that our organisation is working so hard to prevent.”

Mr Gilson said that the Stawell issue is “a reflection of a previous market failure with limited end-use markets for recycled material creating negative value for old tyres. That is why TSA is investing in opportunities to turn a waste challenge into new products and jobs, whilst at the same time aiming to guide consumers to tyre industry operators who are behaving in a sustainable manner.”

CSS Equipment to hold demonstration day

CSS Equipment Recycling Solutions, in partnership with Kimbriki Resource Recovery Centre, is inviting Waste Management Review readers to its demonstration day.

The event features representatives from across Europe and Australia from the Bost Group, Ecohog Windshifters, Ecostar Dynamic Screens, Hammel Recyclingtechnik and TrommALL to watch six of its leading machines in action.

CSS Equipment Recycling Solutions will be processing green waste, commercial and industrial waste, construction and demolition waste, tyres, scrap bales, aluminium extrusion and more.

The invitation only event will take place on Wednesday, September 6 from 10am to 2pm at the Kimbriki Resource Recovery, Kimbriki Road, Ingleside, Sydney, NSW.

Technologies include:

  • Portafill 5000CT (reclaimer screen) feeding C&D waste into the EcoHog M4T (density separator), to clean aggregates, and possibly contaminated oversized compost
  • Hammel VB 950 DK (red giant primary shredder) feeding the Ecostar “Dymainc’ screen with general waste, green waste, tyres and pre-shreddding scrap metal bales
  • Hammel VB 450 DK (baby giant primary shredder) feeding the Trommall 5800Tr (trommel screen) with green waste and then pre-shredding some aluminium extrusions

RSVP caroline@cssequipment.com.au by Saturday, September 2.

 

 

Anthony Pratt announces 5000 Visy Australia manufacturing jobs

Visy Australia has announced it will create more than 5000 manufacturing jobs under a 10-year expansion plan worth more than $2 billion.

Anthony Pratt, Executive chairman, yesterday revealed a blueprint for the company which includes new or upgraded plants in every Australian state, including Victoria, which is home to 40 per cent of its workforce.

“We are one of the most environmentally-committed companies and much of the $2 billion will be spent on technologies that result in creation of those new 5000 high-paying manufacturing jobs, sustainability, energy security and supporting our customers and promoting Australian exports,” Mr Pratt told News Corp.

The company plans to expands its manufacturing capabilities throughout the nation, including clean energy, recycling infrastructure, paper mills, corrugated box plants and other forms of packaging.

Mr Pratt said an additional 13,000 permanent indirect jobs will be created, with a further 14,000 construction positions.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull welcomed the announcement.

“What a pledge – $2 billion over ten years, 5,000 jobs. I tell you that’s a big commitment. That really moves the needle. That will change lives, thousands of them for the better,” he said.