Veolia and Northern Midlands Council unite against domestic violence

Veolia Australia and New Zealand has joined Tasmania’s Northern Midlands Council in the Ending Men’s Violence Against Women Campaign, an initiative by White Ribbon Australia, unveiling a specially branded waste services truck this week.

Martin Robinson, Veolia’s General Manager of Business Development/Marketing – Tasmania, said he was pleased to collaborate with the council and support a serious social issue affecting one in three Australian women.

“Veolia is committed to doing what it can to raise awareness of domestic violence prevention across the communities in which we operate, as well as supporting affected staff,” Mr Robinson said.

“We want the message to have an impact and the custom-made truck decal will be seen by hundreds of drivers, commuters, and residents each day.”

Northern Midlands Council recently rallied support from its waste contractors around the state.

“The Northern Midlands Council is dedicated and determined to raise awareness regarding the White Ribbon Australia campaign. Domestic violence in any form is not acceptable and by working together we can build a future where men’s violence towards women is preventable,” said Northern Midlands Council Mayor David Downie.

As part of its commitment to support the campaign, Northern Midlands Council had signage fitted to its street sweeper which spends countless hours on main roads and residential streets.

The campaign is in support of White Ribbon Day which will be held from 25 November and 6 December 2017.

tyre stewardship

Solution to Tasmania’s tyre problem nears

The approval of a tyre shredding facility will see the removal of northern Tasmania’s massive stockpile of end-of-life tyres (ELTs).

Northern Midlands Council on Tuesday approved the facility on Tuesday, which plans to shred approximately 1 million tyres.

The Northern Midlands Mayor David Downie told ABC News the approval was a significant step.

“It has been a great concern, we’ve had two fires in our municipality over the years,” he said.

“Those fires were of stockpiles a lot smaller number than the tyres we have at the moment.

“The major concern is if they did catch on fire that it would have an effect on the outlying areas.”

The shredder, which is expected to be in operation later this year, will only progress once a processing facility is approved.

Conditions of the council’s approval include removing the stockpile by 2020.

TyreRecycle Tasmania operator Tim Chugg is working on getting the processing facility approved, in order to recycle the shredded waste into a sellable product.

This includes grinding the shredded tyres into a powder used in resurfacing roads and playground.

He told ABC News the concept was used extensively on the mainland.

“One has to go with the other,” Mr Chugg said.

“We’re extremely confident that now we’ve got one we can establish the other as well.”

UPDATE: An earlier version of this story incorrectly referred to TyreRecycle Tasmania operator Tim Chugg as Tyrecycle Tasmania operator – there are no affiliations between the two companies.