The Monthly Waste Management News Roundup - September

1 September 2019

Here's our waste management news roundup for July 2019

Toowoomba waste transfer facility approved

Toowoomba Regional Council has approved the development application to construct a new waste transfer facility in Kleinton, to cater for growth in the Queensland region. Waste Committee Chair Nancy Sommerfield said the transfer station will be built over the existing landfill site, which has reached capacity, and an adjacent parcel of land already owned by council. "This state-of-the-art facility will be...

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Sydney trials kerbside food waste collection

A City of Sydney waste trial will see food scraps from up to 4000 homes diverted from landfill, and used to create green energy and plant fertiliser. The trial involves separate collection and recycling of food scraps from residential properties in the council area. Participating households have recieved a small kitchen caddy to store food scraps from residential properties in the council area. Participating households...

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Queensland to develop Australia's first WWTP gasification facility

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has announced $6.2 million in funding for Logan City Council (LCC) in South East Queensland to develop the Loganholme Wastewater Treatment Plant Gasification Facility. Once complete, the $17.28 million project will be the first time gasification has been incorporated into a wastewater treatment plant in Australia. The facility will help to reduce the volume...

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Vineyard dripperlines recycled into 'as new' plastic resin

There is no doubt the idea of a circular economy, where manufacturers reclaim used materials to make products that can themselves be recycled again and again, is a great idea. But getting from the dream to the reality requires such enormous goodwill and co-ordinated effort from manufacturers and end-users, that it very rarely occurs. In South Australia chemical engineer Uma Preston, director of Sustaining Endeavour, has...

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Woolies announces 'circular economy' beer made from unused bread

Supermarket chain Woolworths (ASX:WOW) is the latest company to announce a circular economy-based initiative, with a limited edition release of beer containing re-purposed bread loaves. In a statement today, Woolworths announced a pale ale named “Loafer”, made by Goulburn’s Tribe Breweries and to be sold through the Woolworths-owned Dan Murphy’s and BWS chains. 50 cents from a $25 six-pack will be...

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PhD candidate develops glass waste construction columns

University of Queensland PhD candidate Danish Kazmi is developing a technique to transform glass waste into geotechnical columns and reduce the use of sand in the construction industry. The geotechnical engineering student is investigating the use of crushed glass waste as an alternative to sand for ground improvement during construction works. “Both sand and glass waste have a similar chemical composition, so...

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Albury Council achieves 55% diversion of waste

In 2009, the Albury Waste Management Centre (AWMC) was bearing 100 per cent of the region’s local waste. Having the fourth largest landfill in NSW, the Albury City Council set out to change the way this waste was being processed, so it established a goal to halve the amount of waste going into the AWMC by 2020. With an upgrade to a three-weighbridge system that identifies recyclables and the volumes recycled, among a...

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9 SA councils prioritises purchase of products made from recyclables

In an Australian-first, nine South Australian councils have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to prioritise the purchase of products made from recycled materials. According to Local Government Association of South Australia (LGA) President Sam Telfer, the MOU is the beginning of a circular procurement pilot project led by the LGA, with the assistance of a $96,500 Green Industries SA grant. Mr Telfer said the goal is... 

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Potential new supply stream in recycled battery products

Lithium Australia has developed processes to recover metals from spent lithium-ion batteries, with nickel and cobalt recoveries estimated at 90 per cent. Lithium recoveries of about 85 per cent have also been achieved in test work undertaken with the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO). The announcement from Lithium Australia on September 19, explained that based on the Lithium Australia’s internal process...

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Construction of new Veolia transfer station commences

Construction has commenced on Veolia’s $7 million purpose-built Whyalla Waste and Resources Transfer Station in South Australia. Green Industries SA awarded the company a $250,000 grant to help develop the community resource recovery and re-use facility. The sod-turning ceremony, held 25 Sept, was attended by council and community stakeholders including Whyalla City Council’s Mayor Clare McLaughlin and CEO Chris Cowley. 

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