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Sunshine Coast ready to offer new waste contract

Queensland’s Sunshine Coast Council is ready to release the winner of its seven year residential collection contract.  

Council will award the Shire’s new waste contract next week at its final meeting for 2016.

Mayor Tony Wellington said the waste contract, which commences in September 2017 and runs for seven years, was one of the most important and certainly the most sizeable contract that Council will let this term.

SA EPA targets uncovered waste in “Operation Cover-Up”

The South Australian EPA is targeting uncovered waste trucks as part of “operation cover-up”.

In a statement late last week the EPA said it is targeting irresponsible truck drivers who fail to properly cover waste material while being transported and posing a health and safety risk to the community.

Since the recommencement of Operation Cover-Up last week, the EPA identified at least 40 trucks in the Adelaide CBD and on metropolitan roads with uncovered loads of waste.

Government reports on national TV recycling program

Roughly one third of Australia’s TVs and computers are being recycled under the national scheme, the Commonwealth reports.

The figure comes via the release of the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme Outcomes 2014–15 - the Government’s official audit of its own program.

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Waste Management NZ begins electric collection truck trial

Waste Management New Zealand has announced it will begin trialling all electric collection vehicles from 2017.

With over 200 cars and 800 trucks across New Zealand, Waste Management runs one of the country’s largest fleets of trucks and cars.

The first diesel trucks are being converted to electric with world leading electric mobility integrator EMOSS in The Netherlands.

Bendigo launches kerbside collection service

A new kerbside collection service for food and garden waste has been launched in Bendigo, in a bid to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions.

Some 40,000 Bendigo households will have access to the service, which is funded with $500,000 support from Sustainability Victoria.

According to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio, the service will help divert more than 12,000 tonnes of food and organic waste from landfill each year.

Single side rubbish collection a no go for Holdfast Bay

Holdfast Bay Council was not convinced that a proposed single side collection was the way to go.

Councillors voted unanimously against the proposal, which calls for rubbish to be collected from one side of the street. The plan would have been implemented on all Holdfast Bay streets, except major roads.

CR Rosemary Clancy had asked the council to consider the idea after having observed it in Los Angeles, hoping that it would help save money for the council and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.    

Ipswich upgrades waste truck fleet

The City of Ipswich aims to improve waste collection services by upgrading its current equipment.  

A $6.38 million contract was awarded by the City Council to Brisbane Truck Centre for the purchase of 16 new waste trucks. The Council is requiring units with a low entry cabin design for improved driver safety and comfort.

The new units are seen to help maintain the quality of the Council’s waste operations.

Albany waste management goes high tech

There’s a new way for recycling and waste services in Albany to click, thanks to a $100,000 Waste Education Grant by Cleanaway.

Underpinning the firm’s waste management contract with the city, the fund will be primarily be used to launch a web-based application for the city’s residents.  

The app is aimed at informing them about waste collection services and providing essential information on kerbside recycling collections, such as bin day reminders and locating the nearest tip site.  

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