Speakers announced for Waste Expo Australia 2018

Waste Expo Australia has announced its 2018 speaker programs for its three conferences: Waste Summit, Waste Evolution and Wastewater Summit.

More than 55 industry speakers have now confirmed to present in a free-to-attend exhibition and conference.

The two-day conference in Melbourne this October will bring together specialists and suppliers in waste management, and feature a mix of panel discussions, workshops, case studies and interviews with representatives across the sector.

The comprehensive Waste Summit program will feature presentations from thought leaders such as the Director of Sustainability Victoria, Policy Officer of National Waste and Recycling Industry Council (NWRIC) and Project Manager of Cleanaway, share their perspectives on four themes important to the industry; resource recovery, waste to energy, collections, and landfill and transfer stations.

Sustainability Victoria’s Director, Matt Genever will be joined by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning’s Director, Ian Campbell-Fraser, Australian Council of Recycling (ACOR)’s CEO, Peter Shmigel and MRA Consulting Group’s Managing Director, Mike Ritchie to provide attendees with a unique opportunity to explore government and policy initiatives driving the waste management industry.

In accompaniment, the Wastewater Summit will host a panel discussion to explore how to address the current water crisis, ensure continued public health and confidence and build future water resilience. Key insights will be drawn from the current situation in Cape Town, South Africa.

Grantley Butterfield and Denise Woods from Australian Pork Limited will also discuss how farmers are converting pig waste into renewable energy and nutrients to power factories, grow crops and solve disposal issues. The speakers will reveal the conversion process, and the productivity and profitability value gained.

Waste Expo Australia Exhibition Manager Cory McCarrick said it was important that experts in waste management coming together under one roof to discuss how to best overcome Australia’s challenges in waste disposal, and water and energy supply.

“It is a challenging but equally exciting time for the industry. Bans on waste exports are forcing Australian companies to rethink ways of doing business, while investment in new recycling solutions is helping turn urban and industrial waste into new water and energy sources,” Mr McCarrick said.

“Waste Expo Australia is the perfect opportunity for the industry to collaborate, learn and discover the latest technologies, products and processes set to change waste management and resource recovery in Australia.”

This year, Waste Expo Australia will increase the exhibition floor space by 50 per cent to support the showcase of 80 exhibitors, including Superior Pak, Steinert, Bingo Industries and Wastech Engineering.

Waste Expo Australia will run from October 3-4 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. To register for the free to attend exhibition or to access the 2018 conference program, click here.

August 2018

TOMRA Finder

TOMRA Sorting, an industry leader in sensor based sorting systems, has developed the TOMRA Finder to recover high purity metal fractions.

Through a combination of new hardware, such as smaller resolution electromagnetic sensors and finer valve pitches, together with sophisticated new software packages such as intelligent object recognition, the new TOMRA Finder offers users improved product purity together with reduced air consumption.

The TOMRA Finder is available with a range of new features designed to maximise recovery performance and benefits to users. Among the new hardware features, the new EM4 electromagnetic sensor offers a choice of two sensor resolutions which allow the Finder 4 to detect metal objects down to a particle size of one to two millimetres.

The introduction of new, more robust, valve blocks with reduced response times and a much finer valve pitch significantly improves the ability to eject small objects, while also reducing material overshoot. 

These features combine to improve product purity by up to 15 per cent, while reducing air consumption. The TOMRA Finder also permits the automatic testing of each valve on the machine with the benefit of identifying any valve which is found to be defective.

Another new feature, adaptive belt calibration, allows the TOMRA Finder to continuously check for permanent metal inclusions in the belt, thereby reducing misfires, optimising product quality and enhancing sorting stability.

STADLER ballistic separator

With increasing demand being placed upon material purity, the STADLER ballistic separator is the ideal machine for cleaning up paper and plastics.

With more than 750 ballistic separators sold to date, STADLER is one of the worldwide market leaders for these low maintenance machines. 

The ballistic separator operates on the principle of six or eight inclined screening paddles that rotate offset from each other. This allows for trouble free sorting of materials into three different fractions, without the downtime associated with disc screens.

The machine works by allowing rolling and heavy materials, including hollow bodies, plastic bottles, stones, wood, cans and steel sections to be dropped out towards the low end of the screening deck. Flat and light materials, such as paper and cardboard, are transported upwards. The screened fraction allows for various sizes to be separated with the paddle perforation. In the case of paper, this can significantly reduce any residual glass.

One of the key features includes patented pivoting frame with tilt adjustment, meaning there is no need to tilt the entire machine. Another key feature is optimal material distribution to any subsequent optical sorting machines, such as near-infrared sorters, while bolt-on screens can be replaced individually. The machine also features dirt and wrapping protected shafts, large maintenance openings – both above and below the working area and stadler patented stacking function that facilitates multi-level sorting of different particle sizes.


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SUEZ NWS JV to build $74M hazardous waste treatment – China

SUEZ NWS and Chinese chemical company Shanghai Huayi have entered into a joint venture to provide hazardous waste treatment and recovery solutions to Qinzhou, part of the Guangxi province in China.

The agreement allows a joint venture between SUES NSW (51 per cent) and Huayi Group (49 per cent) to construction, finance and operate an energy recovery unit for the hazardous waste produced by the Qinzhou Harbour Economic and Technical Development Zone of Guangxi Province for the next 50 years.

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Around $74.5 million (€46 million) has been invested into the facility, which will have an annual treatment capacity of around 27,000 tonnes.

Construction of the unit will begin in 2018 and be operational by 2021.

The facility aims to provide a safe and environmentally friendly method of disposing of hazardous waste, with a unit designed and built according to European standards for air emissions. It is estimated to recover around 78,000 tonnes of steam and reduce the amount of greenhouses gasses by the equivalent of more than 10,000 tonnes of coal per year.

Shanghai Huayi Head of Environmental Protection department Wang Wen Xi said the company was delighted to partner with SUEZ Group on sustainable industrialisation.

“We have every confidence that by combining our strengths, we will achieve excellence in the Qinzhou project, for the benefit of China’s environmental sector. We plan to work with industrialists in more locations to achieve China’s noble environmental ambitions,” Mr Wen Xi said.

SUEZ CEO Jean-Louis Chaussade said the agreement is an important testament to the shared commitment of promoting a circular economy and green growth between China and France.

“We provide our expertise to several industrial parks with a view to reducing their environmental footprint and we aim to pursue our development on the basis of a partnership model. The project developed by SUEZ and Shanghai Huayi in Qinzhou is a perfect example of Sino-French cooperation,” Mr Chaussade said.