EPA Victoria has granted a works approval for a second biogas facility at Melbourne Regional Landfill.
Cleanaway Waste Management has announced the appointment of Paul Binfield as Chief Financial Officer, following the retirement of Brendan Gill.
Gill joined Cleanaway as CFO in late 2014, and according to an ASX statement, leaves the company with a healthy balance sheet.
“His focus on getting the company through the legacy landfill remediation issues will be accretive to our cash flows in years to come,” the statement reads.
Binfield, who currently serves as CFO of Nufarm Limited, will take over the role from February 2021.
Cleanaway CEO and Managing Director Vik Bansal said while he is disappointed Gill made the decision to retire, he is excited for Binfield to join the company.
“I look forward to his leadership and contribution as we embark on phase two of our Footprint 2025 strategy,” Bansal said.
Cleanaway, one of Australia’s leading waste management and recycling companies, has been operating two Komatsu WA430-6 waste spec loaders for the past 12 months in a critical 24/6 waste handling facility catering for Melbourne’s south-eastern region.
Cleanaway has announced earnings growth and operating leverage in its full year results. It announced a 8.7 per cent net profit rise to $152.9 million, due to an increase in its solids, liquid and health waste services.
A new recycling plant in Albury/Wodonga will increase the amount of recycled PET plastic produced in Australia each year from local waste.
Starting 1 July 2021, Cleanaway will provide general waste and commingled recycling collection services under a 10-year agreement with Logan City Council.
Logan City Council Mayor Darren Power said in addition to the collection of waste and recycling bins, the new agreement includes options for council to introduce a garden waste bin service and an on-demand bulky waste pick-up service across the city.
“We will be considering these options over the next few months,” he said.
The tender was awarded after a comprehensive evaluation of bids, Power said, conducted under the supervision of an external probity advisor.
According to Cleanaway Solid Waste Services General Manager David Wheeley, the contract will enable 60 new local jobs, with additional opportunities in procurement and supply.
“Cleanaway’s mission is ‘to make a sustainable future possible’ and for us this means taking a leadership role in environmental sustainability, providing sustainable employment for our people and actively supporting the communities we are part of,” he said.
“Our new side-lift collection fleet will be equipped with the Cleanaview, our in-cabin technology which provides real-time data on collection services and enables us to provide support to residents to use our services correctly, reduce contamination and reduce waste to landfill.”
Cleanaway has launched a decontamination service for public spaces and facilities, removing infectious elements without affecting paint, surfaces or the underlying structure.
According to a Cleanaway statement, the decontamination service is informed by consultation with expert chemists and occupational hygienists, to provide compliance, effectiveness and quality assurance.
“Together with Hammelmann Australia and Enviromist, we have developed fogging nozzle technology to ensure the best application of product, which is less aggressive than conventional methods and ensures no damage to people, property or assets,” the statement reads.
Decontamination refers to a process that cleans, disinfects and sanitises an object, space or material to remove possible viruses, bacteria and other infectious elements.
“Open spaces such as parks, schools, playgrounds may be sites of viral transmission due to their accessibility and potential for high traffic,” the statement reads.
“Regular cleaning and decontamination of handrails, chairs, doorframes and other commonly touched surfaces can stop harmful diseases from spreading.”
The decontamination service is available for public spaces such as schools, parks, shopfronts, roads, bus stops, loading docks, terminals, carparks and includes resource and manufacturing plants.
“As an experienced emergency response provider, we have supported our local communities through some of the biggest environmental challenges in recent years, such as 2019’s bushfires, floods, and other large-scale mobilisation of industrial waste and cleaning services,” the statement reads.
“We also offer safe treatment, collection and disposal of all kinds of hazardous and non-hazardous waste in accordance with relevant regulations and an emergency response service for urgent requests.”
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Cleanaway will continue providing general and hard waste collection services to the City of Sydney South, under a 10-year contract extension with council.
According to a Cleanaway statement, seven vehicles and 21 staff have been added to the company’s Hillsdale Depot to support additional services, with a total of 86 Cleanaway employees now servicing the city.
“With the new agreement, Cleanaway will now be providing essential waste services including commingled and green waste recycling to the entire City of Sydney, both North and South, as it was previously known,” the statement reads.
General Manager Solid Waste Services David Clancy said Cleanaway is proud to providing council and residents with essential waste services.
“Thanks to the entire Cleanaway team that has worked to deliver the new contract extension during these challenging times,” he said.
Cleanaway will provide essential waste services to over 160,000 South Australian residents after it was awarded the largest municipal contract in the state’s history.
The collaborative council contact includes end-to-end waste management services for the City of Port Adelaide Enfield, City of Marion, City of Adelaide and City of Charles Sturt.
According to Cleanaway General Manager Solid Waste Services Conan Hookings, Cleanaway will invest in 30 new staff and over 40 fleet assets to support the contract.
“Our brand-new collection fleet will be equipped with the Cleanaview fleet management system, which provides real-time data on collection services, enabling an online portal for residents to make requests and queries,” he said.
Under the waste services contract, Cleanaway will provide kerbside waste, recycling and organics collections out of its Port Adelaide and Lonsdale depots, while residual waste will be processed at Wingfield Resource Recovery Facility and Inkerman Landfill.
The seven plus three years contract also includes bulk bin, hard waste and street litter collection and processing.
“Our service will be supported by additional education resources to help residents put the right materials in the right bin to reduce contamination and improve recycling outcomes,” Mr Hookings said.
Electric collections vehicles are also set to be trialed in select council areas.
“These zero emissions trucks were rolled out in VIC and WA as early as last year, reducing carbon footprint and noise levels on the road without impacting service levels,” Mr Hookings added.
In welcoming the contact, Marion Mayor Kris Hanna said it demonstrates what can be achieved when councils work together.
“About 43,000 households will benefit in Marion from a greener, more efficient kerbside collection service that increases the focus on our community,” she said.
The new kerbside collection service will begin in Marion and Port Adelaide Enfield 1 May, followed by Adelaide City Council 1 July. Services in Charles Sturt will be rolled out 1 May 2021.
In a statement to the ASX in March, Cleanaway assured stakeholders it has not seen any material change in volumes across any of its operating segments to date.
Cleanaway’s current financial performance for FY20 remains in line with its internal forecasts and FY20 earnings guidance, it said. However, the impact of COVID-19 means Cleanaway considered it prudent to suspend its earning guidance.
Cleanaway Managing Director Vik Bansal said the company has not observed any decline in overall trading in any of its operating segments to date.
He said that however, as the COVID-19 situation evolves, Cleanaway expect the SME part of its C&I waste volumes to be impacted.
“At this stage, we expect the demand for other services, such as health, municipal collections and related post-collections services to remain strong,” Mr Bansal said.
“Cleanaway provides a range of essential services to a diverse customer base which includes municipal councils, government infrastructure, hospitals, resources, manufacturing, commercial and industrial customers.
“We are taking measures to help ensure the safety and welfare of our employees and customers and we remain confident in the resilience of our business.”
Following the collapse of SKM Recycling Group, Cleanaway Waste Management acquired the senior secured debt in the group for around $60 million, with the exception of its glass recovery services business. This includes the property, plant and equipment from a network of five recycling sites, comprising three materials recovery facilities (MRFs), a transfer station in Victoria and a MRF in Tasmania. SKM also has two sites in South Australia.
Cleanaway’s Footprint 2025 strategy went from strength to strength as Cleanaway in October announced a joint venture with Macquarie Capital’s Green Investment Group to develop a waste-to-energy (WtE) project in Western Sydney.