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Adelaide recycling company ARR not guilty of licence breach

Adelaide recycling company ARR not guilty of licence breach | Waste Services | Scoop.it

A recycling company involved in several fires at its depot in Adelaide's north is found not guilty of breaching its licence conditions by storing uncovered waste.

 

Adelaide Resource Recovery (ARR) was prosecuted by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) in the Environment, Resources and Development Court.

EPA officers alleged they found stockpiled commercial, industrial, construction and demolition waste incorrectly stored at the Wingfield facility during September and October 2013.

 

The stockpiled waste caught fire at the facility in October 2013, the sixth blaze at the site since 2011.

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Upgrades for wastewater recycling site

Upgrades for wastewater recycling site | Waste Services | Scoop.it

Picton Water Recycling Plant will be upgraded this year to cater for growth in the shire.



The plant will almost double in capacity with construction scheduled for completion mid-next year.



The plant processes wastewater from about 3800 homes and businesses in Picton, Tahmoor and Thirlmere.



In June 2014, homes in Bargo and Buxton were connected to the plant.

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Campaign aims to improve recycling

Campaign aims to improve recycling | Waste Services | Scoop.it

Fairfield City Council will launch a campaign in an effort to improve recycling within multi-unit dwellings.


The “Sort Your Waste” educational strategy will be introduced next month, and aims to encourage residents to recycle correctly and cut ‘contamination’ items such as food, foam containers and plastic bags.


Fairfield City mayor Frank Carbone said these items are notorious for causing problems when recyclable materials were being sorted.


“It also affects the ability of the item to be processed into a new product,” Cr Carbone said. 

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World-class recycling as new facility opens

World-class recycling as new facility opens | Waste Services | Scoop.it

BUNDABERG is set to benefit with the opening of the region’s largest privately owned waste recycling plant.


With more than 30 years in the waste recycling industry, the owners of A to Z Waste Recycling have opened their Bundaberg facility, including an on-site, secure document shredding service at 32 Wyllie St, Thabeban.


Owner and manager Norm Kemp said it had been a long time in the planning and he was excited to finally be bringing the service to Bundaberg.

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Clean Up Australia Day to benefit larger area

Clean Up Australia Day to benefit larger area | Waste Services | Scoop.it

Roxby’s Clean Up Australia Day event is set to cover a larger area this year as part of a new strategy developed by the local Environment Forum.


Cigarette butts, bottles, cans and pieces of plastic are set to again be among the most common items of rubbish found when volunteers hit the streets on Sunday, March 6.


The Roxby Downs Environment Forum’s Anni Walsh said she was hoping to see more people at the event after around 50 attended last year.


Ms Walsh said a more efficient approach involving registrations and the delegation of areas should help attract volunteers.
“Previously people have rocked up at the Lions Park and we have focused on that area and locations central to that,” she said.

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West Nowra recycling proposal

West Nowra recycling proposal | Waste Services | Scoop.it

THE Department of Planning and Environment has invited the community to comment on a proposed recycling plant at West Nowra.


The recycling facility will process up to 130,000 tonnes of recyclable general solid waste and compostable waste from households and businesses. 


The department is keen to hear the community’s views on the proposal.


“Community consultation is an integral part of the planning process and the applicant will have to respond to the feedback we receive and this is taken into consideration when we develop our recommendations,” a department spokesperson said.

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Recycling centre set for a revamp

Recycling centre set for a revamp | Waste Services | Scoop.it

THE community recycling centre in Long Swamp Road will receive a $254,000 upgrade.

Armidale Dumaresq councillors agreed to the plan on Monday.

They hope a more modern, attractive facility will encouraging greater recycling among residents.


The upgrade, which includes a drop-off bay for depositing dangerous material, signage and landscaping, was made possible by a $223,000 grant from the NSW Environmental Trust.


Council will need to contribute to the cost, with funding coming from its domestic waste management reserve.

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Waste service drives innovation

Waste service drives innovation | Waste Services | Scoop.it

Cessnock City Council’s waste collection vehicles are undergoing changes, with trucks now fitted with a $10,000 FleetMax GPS camera system.


Four cameras now give all views of the truck with a live feed of both video and photo capability operated from a touchscreen control within the cabin.


The system also records live information on the location of the vehicles and condition of the kerbside bin to support customer service and report data back to base.


Council’s environment and waste services manager Michael Alexander said the new system is state-of-the-art within the waste industry and brings both efficiencies and economy to the service.


“The system provides support to both driver and customer in relation to missed service, operator safety and communication,” Mr Alexander said.

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Waste not, compost more

Waste not, compost more | Waste Services | Scoop.it

Get in quick: Blue Mountains council is offering a deal on the next 200 compost bins it sells.


In a bid to encourage residents to reduce waste, the subsidised bins will cost $10 each, delivered.


The subsidy is part of council’s strategic plan to minimise waste and increase resource recovery.


A major step in the plan is the introduction of green bins, due to take place later this year, and the extensive upgrade at Blaxland’s Resource Recovery and Waste Management Facility.

Council anticipates the green bins will divert over 4,000 tonnes of green waste from landfill, and the new reuse shed at Blaxland tip will make recycling easier.


The mayor, Mark Greenhill, said the community had expressed a strong vision to reduce waste and to live sustainably.

“Together with the community, council is working hard to deliver that vision,” he said.

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Batteries harmful to environment if not recycled correctly, business owner warns

Batteries harmful to environment if not recycled correctly, business owner warns | Waste Services | Scoop.it

A north Queensland business owner is reminding people not to throw batteries away in their household bins, particularly following the festive season when battery-powered toys are put to good use.


Susan Giannangelo is the owner and operator of Battery World in Mackay and has sold plenty of batteries over the 17 years she has owned the business.


She has recycled a fair share of them too.


"I think most people don't realise how damaging batteries can be to the environment," Ms Giannangelo said.

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Reground: A New Environmental Initiative

Reground: A New Environmental Initiative | Waste Services | Scoop.it

It’s becoming more common for cafes to make ethical and environmental choices for their businesses and consumers. Creditable actions we’re seeing across Melbourne include cafes using fair-trade beans, organic milk, recyclable/compostable products, and, of course, reusable coffee cups. Now there’s a new initiative that will prevent those mountains of coffee grounds ending up in landfill. Reground takes the waste and repurposes it to benefit the environment and the community. Ninna Larson runs the small coffee-grounds waste-removal company. She works with local cafes, such as The Brunswick East Project and Loafer Bread to collect their valuable coffee waste. She then distributes the by-product to worthy end users.


“It's perfect in your compost, great for worms, as a mulch. You can even mix it in the soil to improve soil conditions and add nutrients,” says Larson. Currently, Reground supplies coffee grounds to CERES, West Brunswick Community Garden, Worm Lovers, Rushall Community Garden, Northcote Community Garden, a mushroom farmer and a bunch of home gardeners. The company can help a medium-sized cafe divert 3.4 tonnes of coffee grounds a year from landfill. That’s preventing 4.8 tonnes of methane gas being aimlessly released into the atmosphere.

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Australia's first biological water treatment facility opens in Adelaide River

Australia's first biological water treatment facility opens in Adelaide River | Waste Services | Scoop.it

For a small Top End town, bacteria is what helps create cleaner and clearer water for residents thanks to Australia's first biological water treatment facility.


The facility was officially unveiled at Adelaide River on Friday, despite being in operation for almost five months.


The Northern Territory Government and the Power and Water Corporation (P&WC) said the new $6 million plant effectively removes the iron and manganese found in the region's bore water.


"It's a huge step forward for Adelaide River to really bring their drinking water in line with everywhere else in Australia, to make water out of the tap look like it should," Northern Territory Primary Industries Minister Willem Westra van Holthe said.

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New waste management facility to open this month

New waste management facility to open this month | Waste Services | Scoop.it

TOOWOOMBA Regional Council has announced the new state-of-the-art Greater Toowoomba Waste Management Facility will open to the public in mid-December.  


Mayor Paul Antonio said moving the transfer station from Council's largest waste management facility was necessary as the transfer station at Bedford St was in the corridor for the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing. 


"But it has allowed council to achieve some strategic goals by building the state-of-the-art facility which will be easy to access at the city continues to grow," he said.  He said council purchased the 25 hectare site as a long-term solution for the city's waste needs and more than 70 per cent of the region's residents will be at the facility in less than 20 minutes. 

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Is Recycling Water Safe?

Is Recycling Water Safe? | Waste Services | Scoop.it

Using treated wastewater to grow crops has been commonplace, especially now when droughts are more common. However, researchers from the Pennsylvania State University assure that none of these compounds are at toxic levels, although the exact health risks on humans and animals remain unclear.

 

Lead researcher Alison Franklin studied wheat plants’ absorption of four compounds found in pharmaceutical and personal care products, including three types of antibiotics and one anti-seizure drug in the University Park wastewater treatment plant.

 

Apparently, these compounds remain in active form since wastewater treatment facilities cannot completely filter these out.

“As I learned about pharmaceutical and personal care products in the environment, I became very interested in where these compounds were ending up,” Franklin notes. “What were the possible implications of these low level compounds in the environment on human, animal, and ecological health?”

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Beer bottles finding new life in central Qld developments

Beer bottles finding new life in central Qld developments | Waste Services | Scoop.it

The Rockhampton Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) is taking some of the 4,800 tonnes of glass, collected from around the region each year, and crushing it down to create a technicoloured construction sand.


"We're the first MRF operator in central Queensland that's doing it," operations manager Ryan Saville said.


The process from beer bottles to construction sand begins at the Materials Recovery Facility.


About 100 tonnes of glass each week is sorted and separated from the other recyclables and crushed down to a size of about 3mm or less.

The glass is then heated to remove any impurities.

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Uni students' mobile recycling app to be launched Australia-wide

Uni students' mobile recycling app to be launched Australia-wide | Waste Services | Scoop.it


At one point or another, someone will find themselves in a dilemma in the kitchen, and it has nothing to do with whether or not to eat the last of the ice-cream in the freezer.


Instead, it has something to do with recycling.


While at university, two students came up with a plan to answer people's recycling questions through a free mobile application, Sustain Me, which is going to be launched nationally next month.


It is the brainchild of Stephen Halpin and Eleanor Meyer and was launched in Victoria six months ago.


"We like to call it the Google of recycling, that's its first primary purpose," Mr Halpin said.

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Join the drive for waste management and recycling at the workplace with Hideaway Bins

Join the drive for waste management and recycling at the workplace with Hideaway Bins | Waste Services | Scoop.it

Hideaway Bins offers an excellent solution for managing and recycling waste at the workplace with large 50L bins designed to withstand the challenges of commercial environments.


Company managements can implement responsible recycling practices at the workplace by simplifying the process of waste segregation using waste bins from Hideaway Bins. With the drive towards recycling and waste management in the commercial sector gathering steam, Hideaway Bins offers simple solutions for establishing practical recycling practices that all company employees can follow easily.


For instance, 50L Hideaway Bins can be installed side by side to separate waste for disposal or recycling. The bins slide away out of sight, keeping the room clear of clutter.

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Rubbish trashes recycling efforts

Rubbish trashes recycling efforts | Waste Services | Scoop.it

THOUSANDS of tonnes of recyclable waste is being sent to Townsville dumps simply because people are not putting their rubbish into the right bins.


An audit by the Townsville City Council last financial year showed that about 30 per cent of garbage – about 16,500 tonnes – collected from regular green bins was actually recyclable. And 30 per cent of what went into ­recycling bins was in fact non-recyclable.


But the council is fighting back. It recently conducted visual checks of recycle bins in many suburbs.

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Safety inspection to focus on waste and recycling industry

Safety inspection to focus on waste and recycling industry | Waste Services | Scoop.it

The waste and recycling industry will be the focus of a WorkSafe inspection program.


The inspection program will be conducted in metropolitan and regional areas in Western Australia and will continue through the financial year.


WorkSafe Director Joe Attard said the industry is being targeted because of its wide range of hazards which could result in serious injuries.


“The management of waste products involves a whole range of risks, from safety issues with trucks and other vehicles to the risk of contracting infectious diseases,” said Mr. Attard.

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Council's bin checking your waste

Council's bin checking your waste | Waste Services | Scoop.it

Wyndham council is inspecting green waste bins throughout the city to ensure residents are recycling correctly.


The council has conducted about 160 random inspections of green waste bins since December as part of a Scrap That program, which encourages residents to put fruit and vegetable scraps with other green waste.


Sustainable development director Dean Rochfort said the council planned to inspect 400 bins, and he stressed that fines would not be issued to households found putting incorrect items in green waste.


“The inspections being undertaken are to help us understand the amount and type of material being placed in green waste bins,” Mr Rochfort said. “The data we gather will help us deliver more effective education programs.


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Recycle centre open In Glen Innes

Recycle centre open In Glen Innes | Waste Services | Scoop.it

THE GLEN Innes community recycling centre which will help local residents to significantly reduce landfill was officially opened yesterday by Mayor Colin Price and Local MP Adam Marshall.


The construction of the centre followed a grant of $238,300 from the State Government last year to Glen Innes Severn Council through the NSW Environment Protection Authority’s (EPA) Waste Less, Recycle More initiative.


Glen Innes Severn Council Mayor Colin Price said that the new facility would provide a year-round, convenient solution for recycling and safely disposing problem waste.


“The new weighbridge and waste drop off area is easy to use which benefits not only council but residents by diverting the maximum amount of waste from landfill,” he said. 

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Recycling centre to make city a much cleaner place

Recycling centre to make city a much cleaner place | Waste Services | Scoop.it

Hazardous household landfill in Dubbo will be reduced and recycled following the official opening of the Dubbo Community Recycling Centre on Monday.


The recycling centre, which has been operational since September, will collect items such as gas bottles, paints, used oils, batteries and florescent tubes.


Dubbo mayor Mathew Dickerson said the centre was half-funded by a $86,932 grant from the NSW government, with the rest of the cost coming from Dubbo City Council.


"The thing that we're trying to do more and more of is to keep things out of landfill as much as possible and get them into some sort of process where they'll be recyclable or able to be disposed of safely," Cr Dickerson said.

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Councils to look at green waste collection

Councils to look at green waste collection | Waste Services | Scoop.it

North-West councils will consider introducing kerbside green waste collections after the region's waste management group calls for tenders for the service.


The Hobart City Council will roll out kerbside green waste bins in the first half of this year.


The Cradle Coast Waste Management Group is preparing tender documents for a green waste collection, according to chairwoman Sandra Ayton.


When the tender process finishes and pricing is received, individual councils will decide whether to introduce a kerbside green waste service.

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'Seabin' designed by Aussie surfers sick of ocean pollution

'Seabin' designed by Aussie surfers sick of ocean pollution | Waste Services | Scoop.it

A unique ocean-cleaning technology developed by two Australian surfers has caught the attention of investors around the world.


Best mates Andrew Turton and Pete Ceglinski spent much of their childhood in the ocean and, after becoming frustrated at the amount of rubbish floating around, quit their jobs to come up with a sustainable solution.


They came up with an automated rubbish bin for marina docks called the Seabin that many hope could help reduce ocean pollution.  With the help of WA seed investors Shark Mitigation Systems, the duo designed a prototype of the bin in Perth before taking it to market in Mallorca in Spain, a marina capital of Europe.


Mr Turton and Mr Ceglinski are now trying to raise enough capital to turn the prototype into a reality.  The proposal is gaining momentum fast, with crowdfunding raising $50,000 for commercial production, and a video of the Seabin attracting more than 10 million hits online - mostly from European countries.

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Ballina MP welcomes bipartisan support to ban plastic bags

Ballina MP welcomes bipartisan support to ban plastic bags | Waste Services | Scoop.it

Ballina MP Tamara Smith and the NSW Greens have welcomed Labor joining their long-time campaign to ban single-use plastics bags across the state. Ms Smith, the state Greens’ marine environment spokesperson, said that ‘with Greens and Labor in support, there was further pressure on the Baird government to act.

Yesterday, Labor leader Luke Foley said the opposition plans to bring forward legislation via a private members bill for debate in the NSW Parliament next year.


Ms Smith said the NSW Greens were drafting a ‘Ban the Bag’ bill ‘and we’ve had public feedback coming in on this since February’.

Mr Foley said the legislation was about ‘bringing NSW in line with other states and territories and playing a leading in conservation – particularly on the east coast of Australia’.

Ms Smith said it was time to act as ‘we must take action against the wasteful use of plastic bags, it’s the least we can do to minimise the plastic waste entering our marine environment, threatening our marine life’.

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