Recycling & Processing Plants

14th September, 2018

With the spotlight shining on the quality of processed recyclables, many MRF operators are finding they need to improve the purity of their output products to meet the demands of the market and latest government legislation – especially the China National Sword.

Waste Initiatives’ portfolio of advanced processing equipment including sorting, conveying, screening, shredding, baling and crushing technologies from reputable international manufacturers provide Australian recycling facilities with the means of maximising revenue streams and minimising waste to landfill.

From supply of individual components through to concept design and delivery of complete processing plants, Waste Initiatives provides expert guidance to optimise the benefit of installing advanced processing equipment.

Key equipment:

  • Feed hoppers
  • Primary shredders
  • Secondary shredders
  • Conveyors
  • Trommels
  • Ballistic Separators
  • Magnet Separators
  • Eddy Current Separators
  • Picking cabins
  • Optical Sorting
  • Balers
  • Glass Pulverisers

For more information Contact us now on 1800 441 100

Queensland Container Refund Scheme

14th September, 2018

The Queensland State Government has announced its Container Refund Scheme will commence 1st November 2018.

The Container Refund Scheme aims to encourage recycling and reduce plastic waste by giving people the incentive to collect and return containers. A 10c refund will be provided for eligible empty containers between 150ml and 3L in size that are returned to a designated container refund location.

There are several options that eligible containers can be returned as part of the container refund scheme including:

  1. Container refund points will be established across Queensland. At these locations a 10c refund will be provided for eligible empty containers.
  2. Container collection (donation) point. These points are likely to be operated by community organisations, groups, charities, or schools.
  3. Local government recycling services. Continue to recycle your containers using your yellow top kerbside bin. For those who do not have a kerbside service, you are able to take your containers to a local government collection facility.

A list of eligible containers has been released, which includes most aluminium, steel, glass, plastic and paperboard containers between 150ML and 3L.

The above link also includes several containers that are not eligible for a refund under the scheme.

These include:

  • plain milk containers
  • glass containers which have contained wine or pure spirits
  • large containers (1L or more) which have contained flavoured milk, pure juice, cask wine or cask water
  • cordial or vegetable juice containers
  • sachets above 250ml which have contained wine
  • registered health tonics.

All containers that are smaller than 150mL and bigger than 3L will not be eligible for a refund.

The Container Refund Scheme will be funded via a surcharge on beverage manufactures and will be run by not-for-profit group Container Exchange.

Further information on the Container Refund Scheme can be found here

QLD $100M Resource Recovery Industry Development Program

14th September, 2018

The Queensland State Government has announced $100 million over three years to the Resource Recovery Industry Development Program (RRIDP) to work with local governments and businesses. The program is designed to encourage removing waste from landfill.

The funding will target three areas of focus:

  • Infrastructure or machinery up to $5 million on a dollar-for-dollar basis
  • Incentives for the development of new large-scale facilities
  • Support for advanced feasibility studies for innovative resource recovery, recycling and waste management projects

The RRIDP has been established to assist with the development of projects which will divert waste from landfill, reduce stockpiling and encourage activities which facilitate waste avoidance and increase recycling activities.

Further information on the RRIDP can be found here

Half a Dozen Reasons Baling Makes Commercial Sense

If you’re like many businesses, you’ve heard about others baling and compacting their waste, but haven’t really had the time to look into it. Well here it is, we’ve done the work and pulled it together for you. Here are six reasons why other businesses in your industry have started baling and compacting their waste.

  1. It Saves Space

    Unless own half of the Australian outback, warehouse space is at a premium. One of the most ineffective uses of warehouse space is the storage of rubbish. Identifying and compacting your bulky waste streams can reduce the area dedicated to waste disposal by up to 50%.

  2. It Saves You Money

    Waste Disposal is an insidious cost and creeps into every facility managers expenses whether they like it or not. Waste companies charge business based on the volume of the waste they produce. Check your bill – you’ll find the biggest items are m3 and bin rental. Both of these are directly related to how bulky your waste is. If you can compact or bale the waste then less volume = lower waste bills

  3. It Reduces Your Fire Risk

    Lose waste, especially cardboard and plastic, burns better than your annual Guy Fawkes bonfire. Waste compaction expels the air from your waste streams, so that you aren’t paying to cart away air. Getting rid of all that air and tightly baling your waste significantly reduces the flammability of a waste area. Tightly baled cardboard and plastic poses a far smaller fire risk than uncompacted bins or stockpiles of loose waste.

  4. One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Treasure

    Your waste is worth money. Yes, you read that right. Rather than paying to dispose of your waste, people are willing to pay you to collect it from you. Recyclable materials such as cardboard and plastic are all in demand and recyclers are willing to pay rebates for your baled, segregated recyclables.

  5. It’s Environmentally Friendly

    Yes, you’ve heard it all before, we live in a world of limited resources etc. etc. But it is actually true, if we send some of our waste to a recycler rather than landfill, that’s a truckload of resources that can be used for your next load of product. Costs of raw materials and production are increasing while recyclable technology is constantly improving. It won’t be long before we are drinking from recycled coffee cups, driving on recycled glass roads and happily using recycled toilet paper.

  6. Containment and Safe Handling

    No foreman wants plastic bags, polystyrene and papers blowing about the factory. Baling your waste contains all the nasties in a single neat, tidy and tightly tied bale. Papers, bags and all manner of waste is kept bound up in the bale or securely contained within the compactor. This leaves you foreman free to chase the projects he needs to rather than a myriad of lose waste blowing round.

Ready to try compacting your waste and saving $$?

Contact us now on 1800 441 100

McGrath Foundation Community Friend 2018

The team at Waste Initiatives are proud to be supporting the McGrath Foundation and the amazing work they do raising Breast Cancer Awareness. This WastePac 100 Baler was purchased within two days and looks great painted pink!