The University of New South Wales Sydney’s Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology has developed a new way to disrupt the traditional manufacturing sector with in-house recycling.
Waste Management Review speaks to Stan Krpan, Chief Executive Officer at Sustainability Victoria, about the organisation’s future approach to data capture, Victoria’s e-waste ban to landfill and the health of the waste sector.
Recycling rates are increasing globally and new possibilities for using waste as a resource are opening up every year. Legislation aimed at reducing disposal to landfill means new methods of resource recovery, including waste from energy are leading to a variety of novel systems and processes. Because the business environment is constantly changing, having a versatile machine is invaluable.
The TANA Shark waste shredder was designed with exactly this in mind. The slow-speed multipurpose waste shredder is suitable for a variety of tasks, including pre-shredding, secondary shredding, small particle size shredding and in-line systems. It can shred a wide variety of materials, ranging from tyres, commercial and industrial waste construction, plastics to mattresses. The TANA Shark waste shredder enables full control over the particle size from 50mm to 500mm (2” to 20”) with low operation costs and a possibility to perform shredding in just one pass.
One of the most problematic yet growing areas of recycling is end-of-life tyres. The TANA Shark 440 waste shredder can be used to shred tyres, with sizes ranging from car and truck tyres up to heavy earthmoving and mining.
Ensuring the end result is pure rubber without any metal wires, TANA Shark 440 takes care of the shredding process, whether its a pre-shred from 500mm minus or a finished product of 50mm minus.
In the primary shredding phases, unwanted metal wires are removed using an over-band magnet and a range of screens which are inserted below the rotor to generate a particular size of material. The end product size and quality can be determined and finalised by using a rotor screen with suitable mesh size out of the six available, ranging from 35mm up to 220mm.
A trustworthy product is crucial for subcontractors working in the recycling industry, according to waste transporter Bettatrans, which turned to UD Trucks to service its needs.
Managing a landfill past its expected lifespans can result in some unexpected costs. Eric Mead, of HDR Inc, explains how councils and private sector companies can better plan for the future.
A product stewardship program in Australia has prevented hundreds of tonnes of polyvinyl chloride plastics from going to landfill. Sophi Macmillan, of the Vinyl Council of Australia, explains how it gained traction.
As Australia’s largest and only mercury recycler, CMA Ecocycle works with clients to reduce hazardous lighting waste going to landfill.
Toxfree is the only company in Australia operating internationally recognised technology to safely handle next generation e-waste containing mercury, the company says. The waste service provider explains the key to its success.
Applying a few simple strategies can allow recyclers to significantly reduce their waste on site, says Paul Smith, Product Development Manager for KPI-JCI and Astec Mobile Screens.
Environmental regulations mean that many of Australia’s old-style tips are not up to scratch. Shekar Atla, of the Baw Baw Shire Council, explains the lessons he learnt from rehabilitating the council’s landfill.