Waste

Waste Less Recycle More infrastructure grants
Recycling
19 August 2014

Waste Less Recycle More infrastructure grants

The first round of Waste Less Recycle More infrastructure grants came to a close in early March, with consultants and applicants alike breathing a sigh of relief as schedules, cost benefit analyses and application forms were submitted to the Environmental Trust for appraisal. The opportunities promised by the WLRM package are immense. Traditional waste service […]

MWMG expands role; regional waste groups consolidated
Waste
6 August 2014

MWMG expands role; regional waste groups consolidated

Victoria’s Metropolitan Waste Management Group (MWMG) has a new name to reflect its expanded role as part of an amendment to the Environment Protection Act, which also led to the amalgamation of regional waste groups. The amendment, effective from August 1, means that the group’s role will now cover all waste streams, adding commercial and […]

The Uneven Playing Field of the 2014 Waste Charges
Waste
17 July 2014

The Uneven Playing Field of the 2014 Waste Charges

At the time of writing the Government’s CPM termination bills have passed the House of Reps and are progressing to the Senate. They will most probably see the fixed carbon price repealed and replaced by Direct Action and the Emission Reduction Fund (ERF). The ERF provides the funding and the methodologies to project proponents to […]

The State of Waste 2014
Waste
16 April 2014

The State of Waste 2014

Where are we today, and what will be game changing in resource recovery? First, the facts. Australia generates 48 MT/year of waste (latest National Waste Data Report 2014). Despite steady increases in the rate of recovery (average 52%), the waste generated between 2002 and 2009 grew by 40%, while population increased by only 10% (SoE […]

The State of Waste 2013
Waste
8 April 2014

The State of Waste 2013

The Australian waste industry is a rapidly changing space, with surging waste volumes and new government policies creating both opportunities and challenges. Improving the efficiency of collection, transport and recovery of waste and recyclables is critical to maximising resource recovery, a critical factor in the environmental footprint of our economy. But waste generation has been […]

Sydney Transfer Station Costs Cross Threshold
Waste
25 June 2012

Sydney Transfer Station Costs Cross Threshold

With Sydney waste transfer stations set to cross the $275 per tonne barrier for the first time, it’s time to ramp up resource recovery. The drivers The effect of the NSW landfill levy, carbon pricing and compliance obligations on landfills and transfer stations, will push up pricing from 1 July 2012 by $35/t and possibly […]

Good Start for C&I Waste in the West
Waste
23 April 2012

Good Start for C&I Waste in the West

On paper the new waste strategy to be implemented in WA over the next 20 years looks good, but will it boost recovery of business waste, wonders Mike Ritchie. In its review of commercial and industrial (C&I) waste in WA released last year my company, Mike Ritchie and Associates (MRA), found the state continued to […]

Inside Waste Consultants’ Review
Waste
1 February 2012

Inside Waste Consultants’ Review

Who are Australia’s leading consultants in the waste and recycling industry? To answer this question, Inside Waste asked industry and government exactly that. The inaugural Inside Waste Consultants Survey was established to gauge the market. It first asked organisations which waste consultancies had completed the largest volume of projects and the highest value of contracts with them in the last two […]

Carbon Price: How not to Overcharge or be Overcharged
Waste
16 January 2012

Carbon Price: How not to Overcharge or be Overcharged

Here we are at the end of a 6-year negotiation that began with the CPRS and NGERS and has finished with the Carbon Pricing Mechanism (CPM) and the Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI). There has been scarce communication from the Commonwealth as the issues have been free flowing, subject to ongoing negotiations at both the specialist […]

Waste Explosion
Waste
1 May 2011

Waste Explosion

Many of us are conscientious recyclers who use our council bins, compost waste and say no to plastic bags. However, as KAREN SHAW finds out, there’s still so much more to be done. Read more  

Know Your Streams
Recycling
1 April 2011

Know Your Streams

By Mike Ritchie – Landfill charges in Sydney are going to increase from $200 a tonne to $300 in the next four years, courtesy of the landfill levy, rising landfill costs and inflation. The same trend is happening in Victoria, Queensland and other major cities as a result of government policies, particularly levies, stricter environmental […]

Killing Two Birds … The Compost and Carbon Story
Recycling
2 September 2010

Killing Two Birds … The Compost and Carbon Story

By Mike Ritchie, MRA Consulting Group Global warming is the problem  Global warming, due to anthropogenic (your and my) emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG), is a reality that all but a few fringe dwellers, now accept. In a natural system plants photosynthesis CO2 from the atmosphere, expire oxygen and take up soil nutrients. Plants are […]

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