Winner of Green Industries SA Women in Waste Award announced

Waste consultant Kat Heinrich has won the annual Green Industries SA Women in Waste Award for her contributions to SA’s waste industry.

Ms Heinrich, a senior consultant for Rawtec, has delivered a range of projects to help with resource efficiency, disaster waste management, state waste accounting and waste infrastructure planning.

The award, established in memory of Pam Keating, includes $5000 to assist with travel, accommodation and conference costs, and mentoring from a senior woman executive in the industry.

SA Environment Minister Ian Hunter said he was delighted to present the award to Ms Heinrich.

“Kat’s new project will address the global issue of food waste by investigating best-practices in Denmark, the United Kingdom, France, Italy and the United States and using this research to drive a step change in food waste reduction and recovery in SA,” Mr Hunter said.

“Congratulations to Kat for her dedication and vision to further SA’s reputation as leader in recycling and resource recovery.”

Ms Heinrich has recently started a blog to share best practices in food waste management from cities globally.

“I am passionate about addressing food waste, which is a significant issue globally, and through this award aim to stimulate a step-wise change in SA,” she said.

“While SA leads the country in waste and resource recovery practices, food waste particularly in the household stream, remains a significant challenge and opportunity for the state.

“Addressing food waste is an important step in transitioning SA to a more circular economy through compost production or other beneficial interventions.”

She said the project will identify potential initiatives that may help SA to take this next step to reduce food waste.

SA Government’s response to China waste ban

The SA Government has allocated $300,000 in grant funding to recycling businesses, in a bid to strengthen the local market.

It follows the recent Chinese international waste bans, which saw a crackdown on imports of 24 different types of solid waste from Japan, USA, Australia and other source countries.

China’s National Sword Program and import restrictions have impacted the South Australian recycling industry that relied on exporting material such as scrap plastics, metals, paper, cardboard and textiles overseas.

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The Recycling Market Development Grants Programme, funded through statutory body Green Industries SA, aims to assist businesses to invest in activities that will overcome market barriers to accepting products with recycled-content.

Sustainability, Environment and Conservation Minister Ian Hunter said the grants are a timely aid to bolstering SA recycling businesses.

“Strengthening the local market and secondary re-manufacturing industry will also develop our economy and act as a buffer against the risks associated with selling into overseas commodity markets,” he said.

“Equally important is the need to improve market confidence in using recycled-material products as a viable option so eligible activities for funding include those which validate the quality and performance of local recycled materials or recycled-content products and develop new or expand existing markets for such products.”

Examples of activities that are eligible for the grant include testing product quality to improve the local market’s confidence in recycled products, and developing or expanding existing markets for them.


Waste industry funding for South Australia

Adelaide, included in South Australia’s Waste & Resource Recovery Infrastructure Plan

Environment Minister Ian Hunter has announced grant funding of more than $2.8 million, which he says will boost investment and jobs across South Australia’s waste and recycling industries.

Mr Hunter said the grants programme will see government partner with councils, businesses and not-for-profits to help deliver more than 67 jobs and attract more than $10.8 million investment for projects across South Australia.

The funding is from a four-year, $12 million reform programme – designed to reduce waste and boost the $1 billion waste and recycling sector – announced in the 2016-17 budget.


Eighteen projects have received funding and include equipment and systems such as:

  • Advanced sorting equipment/system or technology to reduce processing residuals and increase the range of materials recovered;
  • Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) bins, and reporting systems to improve data collection and measurement to support policy development and community education;
  • Equipment to remove contamination through automated systems for ‘higher value” compost and fertiliser products from organic waste processing;
  • Balers etc. to enable compacted materials to be more efficiently transported and increased local processing facilities in regional areas.

Projects relating to materials banned from landfill such as green organic matter collected by councils, plastic packaging, whole tyres, and vehicles past their use, have been prioritised.

“The $2.88 million in grants is for projects with a total value of $13.7 million and will result in more than 67 new jobs,” Mr Hunter said.
Projects include:

Local Government

City of Charles Sturt – $150,000 for Beverley Transfer station redevelopment
City of Mount Gambier – $150,000 for a salvage shed
District Council of the Copper Coast – $33,225 for an autobaler
District Council of Ceduna – $20,000 for recycling depot upgrades
East Waste – $58,500 for a pilot RACV bin weighing mechanism (on three vehicles)
Fleurieu Regional Waste Authority – $24,000 for a material handler at its Goolwa facility
Northern Adelaide Waste Management Authority – $300,000 for establishment of a Recyclables Sorting Facility at Edinburgh Park
Rural City of Murray Bridge – $35,839.40 for a street sweeping drainage bay

Private sector

BSH Waste Solutions – $141,710 for a Resource Recovery Centre in Roxby Downs
Clare Valley Waste – $299,696 for materials recovery facility (MRF) upgrades and organics pad
Ceduna Recycling – $110,000 for a grinder for timber pallets and timber waste
Eco Waste Solutions – $300,000 for a mixed waste transfer station
Peats Soils – $150,000 for contaminated organics management
Plastic Granulating Services – $300,000 for a shredder to improve plastics processing
U Pull it – $300,000 to increase capabilities in dealing with end of life vehicles
VISY – $240,050 for optical sorting upgrade

Not for profit

Foodbank SA – $168,350 for improved storage of salvaged food
Finding Workable Solutions – $101,340 for a salvage and save shed at Heathfield