Waste > Management

Kerbside green waste collection coming to Hobart

22 April, 2016

The City of Hobart has awarded utility company Veolia a contract for a new fortnightly kerbside green waste collection service.

What is holding back waste-to-energy developments in Australia?

12 April, 2016 by Chani Lokuge*

Chani Lokuge examines the obstacles preventing Australia from joining the global waste-to-energy market, and how they can be overcome.

SUEZ acquires Perthwaste for $87 million

07 April, 2016

French utility company SUEZ has entered into an agreement to acquire Perthwaste, a waste management service provider in WA, for $87 million.

Council amalgamations and waste management integration

01 April, 2016

Some NSW councils are about to amalgamate. As a result, the councils affected will have to plan for eventual integration of their residential and commercial waste services.

Energy from Waste in Australia — is there a future?

14 March, 2016 by Dr Ron Wainberg, Technical Director, MRA Consulting Group

Energy from Waste (EfW) is very well established overseas, but in Australia it has yet to get off the ground. The reasons for this are to be found in a complex combination of different historical factors: adequate landfill capacity, poor financial incentives, unfavourable public perceptions and lack of government policy support. While these are changing, they have combined in the past to prevent any meaningful EfW projects from gaining traction. But the position is changing.

A refuse-collecting robot

29 February, 2016

The Volvo Group, three universities and waste recycling company Renova have developed a robot that automatically collects and empties refuse bins, with the help of a drone on the roof of the refuse truck.

Source Separated Organic Waste Method now approved

17 February, 2016

The Sourced Separated Organic Waste Method provides an incentive for business, local government and charity organisations to divert organic waste from landfill.

Washdown facility to protect agricultural land

22 January, 2016

A heavy-vehicle washdown facility, opened in the town of Dalby, Queensland, will minimise and control the spread of weed seed throughout the region.

The state of origin of waste: NSW vs Qld

09 December, 2015 by Mike Ritchie, Director, MRA Consulting Group

In the business sector, most of the economically viable waste streams are already being recycled. But for many waste streams, the inherent commodity value is just too low to justify the costs of recovery.

Battery Rescue UNISEG Pallet and Battery Rescue Collection Service

09 December, 2015

Battery Rescue's UNISEG Pallet has been designed for the storage, collection and direct transportation of used lead acid batteries (ULABs). The chemical- and acid-proof pallet incorporates a liquid-retaining bund area to capture up to 25 L of acid leaks and is weather resistant when closed.

Your litter is watching you

07 December, 2015

British researchers have found that people are less likely to drop litter if the item in question has printed eyes on it.

South Australia considers pay-as-you-throw scheme

24 November, 2015 by Mike Ritchie, Director, MRA Consulting Group

South Australia's suggested waste management reforms discuss the concept of 'pay as you throw' or 'save as you throw' variable-rate pricing for waste services.

WMAA launches new waste conference

19 November, 2015

The Waste Management Association of Australia will next year hold WasteNSW 2016 — the first WMAA NSW waste and resource recovery conference run by the industry, for the industry.

Investment opportunities in Victoria's waste and resource recovery sector

12 October, 2015

The Victorian Waste and Resource Recovery Infrastructure Investment Prospectus is a plan to support investment and create new jobs in the state's waste and resource recovery sector through collaborations with other government agencies.

Suez to buy Sembcorp Industries' stake in SembSita Pacific

24 September, 2015

Suez Environnement has signed an agreement with Singaporean company Sembcorp Industries — an energy, water and marine group — to purchase the latter's 40% stake in SembSita Pacific for $485 million.

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