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Winery waste can cleanup waste water, Adelaide scientists have discovered

Winery waste can cleanup waste water, Adelaide scientists have discovered | Waste Services | Scoop.it

Adelaide researchers investigating how to turn winery waste (Grape Marc) into electricity, have discovered that one of the products created during the process (char) can also be used to remove phosphate from waste water and improve a soil’s ability to hold water.


The scientists have also developed a way to reduce emissions created during the process of turning the waste into energy.

The team from the University of Adelaide was given a grant in April to investigate turning winery waste into fertiliser and electricity. 

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Scientists Create Material That Could Absorb Oil Spills Like A Sponge

Scientists Create Material That Could Absorb Oil Spills Like A Sponge | Waste Services | Scoop.it

Scientists from Deakin University have created a new type of material that can absorb oil, potentially creating a new way to combat environmental disasters like the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

The material -- a "boron nitride nanosheet" -- absorbs oil like a sponge does. It currently takes the form of an ultra-thin film that is porous and flexible.


“Oil spills are a global problem and wreak havoc on our aquatic ecosystems, not to mention cost billions of dollars in damage,” lead author of the paper detailing the breakthrough, Professor Ying Chen, said.


“Everyone remembers the Gulf Coast disaster, but here in Australia they are a regular problem, and not just in our waters. Oil spills from trucks and other vehicles can close freeways for an entire day, again amounting to large economic losses.”

It’s these smaller spills that the team behind the development hope could be fixed first by the material. From there, Professor Chen said he hoped it could be used on a wider scale.

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Green bins ready to roll out

Green bins ready to roll out | Waste Services | Scoop.it

Forbes Shire Council is introducing a new kerbside waste service from April 4 next year. The familiar red and yellow lidded bins will still be part of the service but there will also be a new green lidded bin for collection of your food and garden waste.


A council survey earlier this year of 400 residents revealed 75 per cent were in favour of the green lid bin being added to the service.

The frequency of collection will be weekly for the green lidded bin and fortnightly for both the red and yellow lidded bins.

Further samples taken by council indicated 80 per cent of residents surveyed were in favour of Forbes Shire Council reducing waste and landfill and the green lidded organic bin will contribute to that.


Forbes Shire Council resource officer Leon Ross said the new system puts greater onus on residents to take extra care when disposing of their rubbish and to display an element of diligence.

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National Recycling Week: Where does your rubbish go?

National Recycling Week: Where does your rubbish go? | Waste Services | Scoop.it

Up to 200 tonnes of paper, glass, aluminium and other recyclable material is sorted and processed each weekday in a large shed on the edge of Canberra. However 10 per cent of all material placed in household recycling bins cannot be reused and it should have been thrown in the rubbish bin. 


During National Recycling Week 2015 — November 9 to 15 — the ACT Government wants to encourage residents to think and act more carefully to reduce the amount of waste ending up in landfill.

At an information stand in Garema Place on Thursday, staff from the Actsmart program and ACTNowaste will showcase sustainability ideas and provide useful tips.

Residents have also been invited to take tours of the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) in the industrial suburb of Hume.

Education officer Shannan Langford Salisbury said Canberrans were generally good recyclers but could be better.

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Eight Perth councils swear off landfill for good

Eight Perth councils swear off landfill for good | Waste Services | Scoop.it

Eight Perth councils will end altogether the practice of sending up to 250,000 tonnes of waste to landfill every year after signing off on building a $400 million Australian-first waste to energy plant.

South Perth, Canning, Mandurah, Kwinana, Armadale, Gosnells, Serpentine Jarrahdale and Murray councils on Wednesday awarded a $400 million contract to build the country's first waste incineration plant in the industrial area of Kwinana.

They have agreed to send 100 per cent of their green bin waste to the plant. 


Rivers Regional Council, representing the bulk of that group, has spearheaded the decade of research and development that led to the awarding of the tender to Australian company Phoenix Energy on Wednesday. After 30 years of local government involvement – 10 of which have included working on this – RRC chairman Ron Hoffman will retire on Friday knowing he has crossed the finish line of his legacy project. 

The RRC has not been alone in seeking a new solution, with other Perth regional councils all flocking to beg, borrow or build new regional waste disposal plants as landfills fill to bursting along the Swan Coastal Plain.




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Glass Beneficiation Plant for CQ

Glass Beneficiation Plant for CQ | Waste Services | Scoop.it

CENTRAL Queensland is making another step in the right direction for recycling with the construction of a Glass Beneficiation Plant.
 

$600,000 in funding has been received from the National Packaging Covenant Industry Association and the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection to assist with the installation.
 

Once operational, more than 4000 tonnes of glass will be recycled locally through the plant each year. The recycled glass, once crushed and cleaned through the plant, will meet Main Roads specifications, and allow it to be safely used for a wide range of purposes.

 

A large percentage of the glass consumed by the plant will be collected from local pubs and clubs as the project will introduce a commercial glass recycling service to those venues.

Within Central Queensland alone, more than 25% of waste from pubs and clubs is glass.

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Waste less and recycle more

Waste less and recycle more | Waste Services | Scoop.it

A partnership between Port Macquarie-Hastings Council, the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and the state government will benefit the local community with the recent opening of a new community recycling centre. The centre, within Port Macquarie Waste Management Facility in Kingfisher Road, was made possible through a $30,000 Waste Less Recycle More grant from the state government.


"It's a free service for the community and we have found we get a lot of car batteries and oil and water-based paints," Port Macquarie-Hastings Council waste project officer Nicky Julian said. "We want the community to drop things off and not dump things illegally or put them in their bins.The recycling facility has been upgraded to help improve the year-round collection and storage of household problem wastes.

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Waste industry booms under coalition

Waste industry booms under coalition | Waste Services | Scoop.it

SHIPPING hazardous waste in and out of Australia has become a major industry under the coalition government. THE Environment Department's annual report showed the number of permits to import and export hazardous waste has doubled in the past three years. In 2012/13, the department reported 26 permits were granted including 15 for imports and 11 for exports.


That number went up to 41 in 2013/14 and in 2014/15 it rose again to 57 permits. In the past three years, only six permits were refused.

Among the imported waste has been paints, solvents, clinical waste, pesticides and biocides, asbestos, oil, used lead acid batteries, gas cylinders and electronic equipment. Australia has exported batteries, lead, electronic waste and steel scrap coated with paint containing asbestos fibres. The department said the government was fulfilling Australia's international obligations on hazardous waste.

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West-Trans’ new grab and hooklift combination | Truck Trailer Building & Equipment News | Trailer Magazine

West-Trans’ new grab and hooklift combination | Truck Trailer Building & Equipment News | Trailer Magazine | Waste Services | Scoop.it

Equipment that has the potential to boost productivity will cause any transport businesses to pause and consider, and Victoria-based waste transport service Reservoir Maintenance Contractors (RMC) is no different.


“We’re in the business of using the most advanced technology and the latest equipment on the market,” says Joe Finnigan, Managing Director of RMC, who describes himself as opportunist and an advocate for employing new technology. “Our company objective is to provide a service that works quickly and efficiently with the right tools to achieve the task in often difficult environments and within tight deadlines.”


According to Joe, all those factors played significant roles when he purchased a new DAF rigid truck for a specialised application earlier this year. The decision itself required some background research and a number of fact-finding trips. “Ever since establishing RMC, I’ve always made a concerted effort to visit local and international trade shows such as the International Truck, Trailer & Equipment Show in Melbourne, the Brisbane Truck Show and IFAT, a waste equipment and materials exhibition held annually in Germany,” Joe says.

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New call for container refund

New call for container refund | Waste Services | Scoop.it

THE Tasmanian Southwest Marine Debris Cleanup has renewed calls for the State Government to better protect Tasmania’s World Heritage Areas from rubbish with the introduction of a container deposit legislation.


Such legislation involves a monetary refund when containers are returned to a retailer or collection depot, such as in South Australia, to encourage recycling.

Clean up co-ordinator Matt Dell said the group will work with the Tasmanian Fisheries Industry Council, the Tasmanian Rock Lobster Association and the Tasmanian Abalone Council to minimise the potential waste sources in the fishing industry and remove them from the production cycle.


“Here in Tasmania, the Government needs to show they’re serious about protecting our World Heritage Area,” Mr Dell said.

“They must take urgent action and introduce long-overdue container deposit legislation. We need to stop the rubbish getting into the ocean in the first place.” The call comes after the group picked up a national Environment Award this week for its clean-up efforts on remote World Heritage beaches in the state’s South-West.

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