Infrastructure

The State of Energy from Waste
EfW
17 October 2017

The State of Energy from Waste

When developed alongside strong recycling and organics processing systems, Energy from Waste (EfW) will help lift domestic and commercial diversion rates from 60% to 80-90%. It is an important element in a waste management system.

Mike Ritchie: Waste is like a river, it flows downhill to the cheapest price.
In the Media
8 June 2017

Mike Ritchie: Waste is like a river, it flows downhill to the cheapest price.

Mike Ritchie talked to ABC’s Sarina Locke about the effect of QLD waste levy cancellation on NSW waste. The full article titled “Sydney Markets sends rotting fruit and vegetables to generate electricity in war on waste” is available on the ABC website and below. Sydney Markets declared its own war on waste 12 years ago […]

Energy from Waste in Australia – is there a future?
EfW
10 October 2016

Energy from Waste in Australia – is there a future?

MRA’s Mike Ritchie delivered his view on the future of Energy from Waste (EfW) in Australia at the fourth Waste Expo conference last Wednesday. “Australia’s efforts related to Energy from Waste (EfW) are considerably less advanced when compared to some developed countries. The reasons for this are to be found in a complex combination of […]

Energy from Waste in Australia – is there a future?
EfW
12 April 2016

Energy from Waste in Australia – is there a future?

By 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 […]

What is air worth? How to price a landfill
Landfill
4 June 2015

What is air worth? How to price a landfill

Landfill gate fees typically cover costs of operation, overheads, mobile plant and equipment, labour, depreciation costs of roads and buildings and other fixed assets and profit. But the costs (and therefore the gate fee), also need to include 30-50 year post closure management, long term monitoring and reporting, and importantly replacement of the landfill asset […]

Energy from Waste (EfW) can deliver 9% abatement of Australia’s emissions
EfW
24 March 2015

Energy from Waste (EfW) can deliver 9% abatement of Australia’s emissions

There has been much said recently about the need to use nuclear energy as a bridging technology while renewable technologies and battery systems in particular, are improved. It seems to me that waste and recycling have again been overlooked as serious contributors to Australia’s emission abatement task. In 2006 Warnken ISE and SITA Australia published […]

Many EfW evangelists, but how do we engage the community?
EfW
30 July 2014

Many EfW evangelists, but how do we engage the community?

Community engagement and the waste hierarchy were the running themes of the 2014 Energy from Waste Symposium held in Lorne, Victoria last week. According to NSW EPA director waste and resource recovery strategy Steve Beaman, those who attended the Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA) event were already energy-from-waste “evangelists” who agreed with the direction […]

A Case of Right Analysis, Wrong Solution
Landfill
18 December 2012

A Case of Right Analysis, Wrong Solution

I have serious doubts about the claims the NSW Government is losing $100 million in landfill levy money at present and that this could grow to $200 million quickly. The solution is the reintroduction of a Queensland levy. At a NSW landfill levy of $95.20/t for the NSW Government to be losing $100 million – […]

What is True Cost of Carbon from Landfills?
Landfill
19 January 2012

What is True Cost of Carbon from Landfills?

Having read Mike Ritchie’s blog ‘Carbon Price: how not to overcharge or be overcharged‘ – I write to put the record straight regarding the likely price impacts from the Clean Energy Bill. Yes, there are three variables that influence the direct carbon price increase at landfills: 1) The waste emission liability 2) The price of carbon […]

Infrastructure Critical for Future Waste Management
Landfill
13 May 2009

Infrastructure Critical for Future Waste Management

By Angela Dorizas – The waste management industry has called for government intervention and investment in alternative waste technologies to prevent carbon pricing from crippling local communities. Speaking at the New South Wales Sustainable Development Conference in Sydney, state president of the Waste Management Association of Australia, Mike Ritchie, warned that without government intervention the increasing volume of […]

Lessons in Sorting Garbage
Landfill
1 April 2009

Lessons in Sorting Garbage

By Katrina Vella – Liverpool is to have a cleaner future with the opening of the SITA waste treatment plant in Kemps Creek. Liverpool residents generate 70,000 tonnes of waste a year with just 16 per cent being recycled. The plant will be able to recycle 82 percent of this. The $50 million facility, which will be fully operational in July, […]

Plastic-Bag Ban Full of Holes
Landfill
24 April 2008

Plastic-Bag Ban Full of Holes

By Mike Ritchie – Reusable material being dumped into landfill is the real problem. Australians use more than four billion plastic bags a year and most of these end up in landfill. But they represent only 20,000 tonnes of waste or 0.1% of Australia’s landfill waste. Read more

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