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



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Australian cold-chain industry forms food-waste advocacy group

Australia’s first advocacy group to improve compliance and standards in the handling of food at all levels of the cold chain has been established at a meeting in Queensland.

The inaugural session of the Australian Food Cold Chain Council (AFCCC) on 7 August 2017 brought together representatives from the manufacturing, food transport, refrigeration and cold chain industries.

The council has reportedly been established in response to mounting community pressure about the costs and environmental damage of food wastage, with the AFCCC positioning itself as an important part of the solution, encouraging innovation, compliance, waste reduction and safety across the Australian food cold chain.

“The new council is not about promoting an industry – we want to change the industry for the better, said Interim Chair, Mark Mitchell.

“One of our priorities will be to apply whatever pressure is needed in industry and in government to make sure the existing Australian standards for cold chain food handling are properly followed.

“There’s lots of rhetoric in government programs, associations and among food handlers and suppliers about commitments to food waste reduction and cold chain compliance, but little, if nothing, is being done at any level about improving the cold chain, and ensuring that standards are followed. Australia’s track record in efficient cold food handling, from farm to plate, is far from perfect.”

The interim directors of AFCCC are Stephen Elford General Manager Australia New Zealand, Carrier Transicold; Mark Mitchell, Managing Director, SuperCool Australia Pacific; Peter Lawrence, Technical Director ANZ, Thermo King; Kyle Hawker, Transport Manager, Simplot Australia; Adam Wade, National Transport Leader, Lion; Kevin Manfield, General Manager – Products & Markets, MaxiTRANS Australia; plus a nominated individual representing the transport industry.

The AFCCC asserts that on average, Australians waste 860kg of food per person annually, with at least five per cent of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions coming from food wastage.

Mitchell noted that Australian industry is well placed to attack the issue.

“Performance across the cold-food chain can be improved with better equipment and handling processes as well as with improved monitoring and assessment to determine where the weaknesses lie,” he said.

The new advocacy group’s first priorities will be contributing to both the development of the National Food Waste Strategy and becoming part of the CRC designed to address food waste and fraud.

This article originally appeared on Logistics & Materials Handling.

NWRIC releases Industry Roadmap

The National Waste and Recycling Industry Council has released its Industry Roadmap document, a national plan for a circular economy to improve Australia’s waste and recycling industry.

It comes after a Four Corners investigation into stockpiling, the illegal transportation of waste and numerous other issues.

Interstate transport and stockpiling 

The council said it has been actively advocating for a solution to the issue of interstate transport of waste materials between Sydney and South East Queensland. Media reports have focused on the cause of this as related to the landfill levy, which is non existent in Queensland.

In July this year, NWRIC wrote to both NSW Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton and Queensland Environment Minister Stephen Miles – asking for urgent government action to mitigate this problem. The NWRIC said this correspondence was a continuation of industry advocacy on this issue going back several years.

Council members have ratified a national position opposing the unnecessary interstate transport of waste. The NWRIC says Australia’s largest waste and recycling companies believe the inter-jurisdictional variation in landfill levies undermines new investment into resource recovery infrastructure, particularly in NSW. As a solution, the council has called for all states to recognise the portability of landfill levy liabilities and put in place regulations to collect these wherever waste is landfilled.

In response to the issue of glass and plastic stockpiling, the NWRIC’s Roadmap calls for better planning to ensure commodities can be managed to accommodate market fluctuations.The roadmap calls on state governments to effectively re-invest landfill levy revenue to create and simulate markets for recycled materials and build new recycling infrastructure.

Odour, dust and noise

The NWRIC said a significant national effort has been made to consolidate Australia’s landfills and recycling facilities into larger, more centralised sites. This work has considerably reduced public nuisance from odour, dust and noise. Improvements in facilities management has further reduced these emissions.

However, the nature of waste processing means that some emissions are inevitable. The industry is calling for state and territory government to undertake effective, whole of government planning initiatives to create landfill and recycling sites segregated from sensitive residential and commercial development. The most effective tool for reducing public nuisance from waste management is good planning.

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Australia’s national resource recovery rate of over 50 per cent puts us well ahead of many of our OECD counterparts, including the US and Canada. Despite some setbacks, Australia’s overall recycling rates continue to improve.

The waste and recycling industry employs close to 30,000 people according to 2009 statistics by Access Economics, making it Australia’s largest green collar employer and one of the nation’s fastest growing manufacturing sectors. The NWRIC believes that with improved planning, regulatory harmony and effective re-investment of landfill levy revenue – the economic, social and environmental performance of the industry will continue to improve.

Free recycling centre in Adelaide

A free drop-off service for recyclable batteries and light globes has opened in the Adelaide CBD.

The free recycling service – at the offices of the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources and Green Industries SA – is a South Australian Government first.

Two distinct recycling mascots in the form of a giant light globe and battery will take centre stage in the ground floor of the Waymouth Street building for recycling ease.

Materials like light globes and batteries cannot be recycled through kerbside yellow recycling bin, but they can be diverted from landfill when handled separately.

South Australia leads the nation with a waste diversion rate of 81.5 per cent.

Green Industries SA works closely with businesses and the resource recovery sector to improve recycling and waste management systems, teaming up with the DEWNR accommodation and asset management team to roll out the trial recycling programme on Waymouth Street.

Householders can also recycle light globes at Mitre 10 stores across South Australia. Many councils provide a drop off option for battery recycling, and householders can drop off batteries at ALDI stores, Ikea and Electronics Recycling Australia.

“Many workplaces now have recycling systems similar to the yellow and green lids most householders are familiar with, and South Australia’s nation leading waste diversion rate of 81.5 per cent is a result of constantly seeking new ways to recycle and recover resources through trials like this,” said Environment Minister Ian Hunter.



Less waste means less cost for City of Nedlands

New technology used to recover and recycle bulk verge rubbish streams has put the City of Nedlands a significant step closer towards achieving the Western Australian Government’s target of diverting 65 per cent of all waste from landfill by 2020.

The technology enables the City to recover household furniture, whitegoods and metal products with minimal contamination.

All waste brought in from collection vehicles undergoes an initial inspection for non-conforming items, followed by the extraction of oversized goods before recyclables undergo a multi-staged segregation process.

Under the new bulk collection and disposal arrangements introduced in 2016-17, 748 tonnes of hard waste and 722 tonnes of green waste was collected from City verges in four weeks – resulting in a 92 per cent recovery rate from landfill.

By comparison, the 2015-16 bulk collection was done over eight weeks and achieved a 52 per cent recovery rate.

City of Nedlands Mayor Max Hipkins said the new arrangement had significantly reduced the need for illegal dumping.

“This is reflected in the reduced tonnages collected which, consequently, has meant a lower cost for the City,” he said.

“The bulk collection waste stream represents 12 per cent of the City’s total waste collection, 92 per cent of which is recycled or recovered.

“We’ve had an increase of five per cent on the City’s overall recovery rate, meaning we achieved 54 per cent overall waste diversion in the past financial year compared to WA’s average rate of 36 per cent.”

Mayor Hipkins said the City’s waste management service was in a strong position and continued to make savings for the City’s ratepayers by achieving cost-effective outcomes.

“Since the state government increased the landfill levy, it’s been essential for the City to reduce the need to dispose of waste produced within its limits to maintain lower waste charges for ratepayers,” he said.

“Our new bulk collection and disposal contract has resulted in a decrease of more than 160 tonnes of waste to landfill and a reduction in collection and disposal costs of about $75,500 compared to the previous year.”

Mayor Hipkins said the council’s message is to encourage waste materials to be thought of in terms of a resource to be recovered, reused and recycled wherever possible.

“Our contractor has also advised that 95 per cent of glass collected as part of our recycling program is currently re-used in a road construction material.”

Cleanaway gains Central Coast contract until 2028

Central Coast Council has announced that Cleanaway have secured a 10-year contract to provide its waste management collection services, with the service beginning from 1 February 2018.

Under the 10 year agreement, Cleanaway will be delivering general waste, recycling and green waste collection services as well as six free kerbside bulk waste collection services per year for each residence. Cleanaway will also be rolling out 65,000 new 140 litre bins across the council.

Central Coast Council said they based their decision on Cleanaway’s service capabilities, experience, customer service, technology advances, equipment and local employment. As part of the contract Cleanaway will provide a dedicated operational team and call centre working out of a purpose built facility based on the Central Coast, as well as offering residents the option to book their bulk waste collection via the website or, for the first time, via a phone app.

Michael Sankey, Regional Manager – Sydney Municipal, said Cleanaway will be working closely with Central Coast Council to provide a superior level of customer service and keep employment in the area.

“We’re excited to partner with Central Coast Council and provide a world class collection service to local residents.”

“We’ll be setting up a new facility, implementing operational teams, a call centre and some education resources so it will be a busy six months recruiting and putting the team in place. We’ll also be upholding the rate Council has previously negotiated with the Transport Workers Union for the existing drivers.”

REMONDIS will continue to deliver waste collection services to Central Coast Council until January 31 2018, with Cleanaway beginning operations from February 1.

Queensland Government tackles “dump capital” reputation


Environment Minister and Acting Main Roads Minister Steven Miles has said Queensland must shake the title of Australia’s dump capital tag, calling an urgent meeting with waste management stakeholders.

Last week, Mr Miles revealed a roundtable would be hosted on Monday with the Premier and the waste industry, including key players such as Cleanaway, JJ Richards and Visy.

“We will address the extent of the dumping allegations raised this week and explore solutions,” he said.

A joint agency operation between Queensland’s Transport and Main Roads (TMR), Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP) and the Queensland Police Service (QPS) will begin targeting heavy vehicles from New South Wales dumping waste in Queensland.

The news comes less than a week after a Four Corners report into illegal dumping, which focused heavily on landfill levy avoidance through interstate waste transportation.

“There is considerable community concern about this issue, and I want to reassure the people of Queensland we will not put up with rogue operators.

“We are taking the discussion directly to industry to identify pathways forward and will use our regulatory powers to crack down on illegal transport of waste.”

Mr Miles said the inspections would take place at pertinent locations along the border.

“The special compliance operation – named Operation TORA – will target unlicensed waste management operators including waste vehicle inspections,” Mr Miles said.

“Operation TORA inspections will involve checks of heavy vehicles, and compliance with regulated waste and other transport requirements.

TMR Compliance Officers will undertake compliance checks of heavy vehicles as follows:

  • Fatigue Management (work diaries)
  • Mass and dimension
  • Vehicle Safety Inspections
  • Load restraint

EHP Officers will:

  • Undertake waste checks to determine if loads contain general waste or trackable regulated waste
  • Cross reference against consignment authority for observed loads of trackable regulated waste
  • For loads of regulated trackable waste, compliance checks against Environmental Authority operating conditions for regulated waste transport in Queensland.

Minister Miles said so far, Operation TORA had prompted 207 investigations, resulting in 69 enforcement actions.

“Operation TORA was established in 2015 to crackdown on unlicensed waste management operations in Queensland and address the unfair advantages gained by operating without regulatory oversight and not paying fees,” he said.

“We want to stamp out existing unlicensed waste management operators.”




Smartsensor by Solar Bins Australia uses technology to help waste managers overcome environmental damage, poor user experience, and ever-increasing operational costs.

The company developed a sensor and software management platform that enables waste managers to gain a bird’s-eye view of their waste network, monitor the fullness of their rubbish bins and report clearly and accurately in real-time. The sensor device, which is attached to the inside of a rubbish bin or waste container, transmits data on the fullness of the bins, temperature of the container, the stability of the container and its location. This provides waste collection companies with an eye into each of their containers so they know exactly which bins are ready to be emptied and when.

The system includes a dedicated rubbish bin monitoring app and dashboard to map, monitor and maintain every bin and waste management asset deployed within the user’s region.

Using the power of ultrasonic sensors, 3G, LoRA or Sigfox communication, dynamic dashboards, fullness level alerts, routing and predictive collection, Smartsensor has been created to provide users with deep insights to every rubbish bin deployed in an area, town or city.


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NSW bottle companies join forces for state litter reduction scheme

Sydney bottle manufacturer Coca-Cola Amatil has welcomed the New South Wales Government’s decision to appoint Exchange for Change to coordinate the state’s refund Container Deposit Scheme (CDS).

Exchange for Change is an industry joint venture involving Coca-Cola Amatil, Asahi, Carlton and United Breweries, Coopers and Lion.

The companies will produce and distribute three quarters of the scheme, which will be rolled out across the state in December.

According to the NSW Environment Protection Authority, container litter makes up 44 per cent of all litter in the state and costs more than $162 million to manage.

Hailed as the largest litter reduction scheme introduced to NSW, it is predicted to reduce the volume of litter in the state by 40 per cent by 2020.

“Through Exchange for Change, Amatil will continue to work with the industry and NSW Government to ensure the scheme operates efficiently to minimize the impact to customers and consumers, has robust and transparent governance and achieves the targeted environment outcomes,” a Coca-Cola Amatil spokesperson said.

The NSW Government has also announced its decision to appoint TOMRA-Cleanaway as the network’s operator, which will be responsible for establishing and managing a network of collection points across the state, include reverse vending machines.

The cost of the scheme is subject to a number of factors, including the container redemption rate, the mix of redemption between collection points and material recycling facilities, and the mix of packaging type.

Proposals for container deposit schemes in other territories and states are expected to follow during early 2018 in ACT, July 2018 in Queensland, and 2019 in Western Australia.

This article originally appeared in Food & Beverage Industry News.