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New waste and recycling council formed

Five of Australia’s waste management and recycling heavyweights have joined forces to establish a new organisation to champion the industry.

Cleanaway, JJ Richards, Remondis, SUEZ and Veolia have agreed to form the National Waste & Recycling Industry Council (NWRIC), which will act as the industry’s national policy-setting body.

An open invitation has been extended to other waste and recycling companies with a national presence to join the Council.

JJ Richards faces TWU in Logan

The Transport Working Union (TWU) is demanding that JJ Richards improve pay and condition for collection drivers in Logan, Queensland.

In December, the TWU presented a petition to Logan City Council around 800 signatures, calling for collection drivers to be paid at the industry rate and demanding that JJ Richards sit down to negotiate an EBA for Logan drivers.

"Ultimately Council is in charge of their local waste collection and the ball is now in their court to make their contractor JJ Richards do the right thing," said TWU QLD Secretary Peter Biagini.

TWU targets JJ Richards in Qld

The Transport Workers’ Union will target JJ Richards & Sons in Mackay Queensland today to campaign for better workplace conditions.

With the Mackay Regional Council’s waste management contracts due to expire in late 2014 and early 2015, TWU waste co-ordinator Craig Williams said it’s important to ensure standards are raised for waste workers across Queensland.

"These are long-term contracts that dictate the future of our waste workers," Williams said.

Southern Oil's Northern Refinery nears completion

Australia's largest motor oil recycling facility, being built by Southern Oil near Gladstone, is nearly complete.

A private, Australian owned company based in Wagga Wagga, Southern Oil has been re-refining waste oil since 2001. Its Wagga Wagga plant currently processes 8% of Australia’s annual second hand lubricating oils.

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