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WMAA welcomes new National President
Garth Lamb20 June 2017

The Waste Management Association of Australia has elected Mr Garth Lamb as the Association’s new National President for a term of two years.  Mr Lamb, Business Development Manager of Re. Group, will replace Ms Miranda Ransome whose four year term has come to an end.

"The Association is very excited to welcome Mr Lamb as the new National President. His experience and industry knowledge will be of great benefit in driving the Association forward and delivering great benefits to our members", said Gayle Sloan, WMAA Chief Executive Officer.

Mr Lamb began in the industry more than a decade ago as a journalist and editor of Inside Waste magazine, followed by four years working with Hyder consulting as the National Business Leader for the waste and resource management team.

Throughout his career, Mr Lamb has been a great supporter of WMAA. He has been an active member and in 2016, was elected as the WMAA NSW Branch President.

"WMAA is unique, in that it represents the full breadth and depth of our vibrant and complex industry. We all play different individual roles, but the critical issue is making sure that the overall system works. WMAA provides an important forum for internal discussion and debate, where we can come together to learn from each other and work together to improve our sector", said Mr Lamb.

WMAA and the Board would also like to thank the outgoing National President, Miranda Ransome, for the many years of her tireless work with the Association.

Ms Ransome has been a WMAA member for more than 21 years, serving the last four years as WMAA President, and Vice-President before that. Her career and experience, which spans more than three decades in the waste and resource recovery sector, brought a high-level of industry knowledge and understanding of many of the technical, commercial and regulatory challenges facing the sector. Her commitment to the highest standards of responsibility, corporate governance and representing the interests of all members from all sectors had contributed greatly to building a stronger Association.

WMAA and the Board would also like to thank Mr Geoff Webster for nominating to run for the position of WMAA National President. Mr Webster has been a WMAA Board member for the past three years. During this time, he has helped develop and implement a strategy that is shifting WMAA's focus to one which better engages and facilitates the needs of our members.

"WMAA is a member based organisation, and the willingness of our members to put their hand up to volunteer their time and effort is key to the success of all we do.

"Thank you to Ms Ransome for her dedication to the Association and the industry as a whole. Thank you also to all members who took part in the election", said Ms Sloan.

Mr Lamb will commence the role of National President at the WMAA AGM to be held on Wednesday 21 June 2017.

WMAA supports the growing focus on waste

15 May 2017

The Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA), the peak body for the waste and resource recovery sector, supports and welcomes the increased spotlight being placed on the generation and management of waste in Australia.

The waste and resource recovery sector contributes at least $14.2bn to the Australian economy, and is integral to the lives of all Australians, underpinning economic growth and employment. Effective waste management and resource recovery is linked to our quality of life, and plays a significant role in environmental and public health, planning and infrastructure, resource and energy production, and emergency management.

Between 1996 and 2015 Australia's population rose by 28%. Yet waste generation increased by 170%. Whilst recycling is increasing to approximately 63% of all the waste generated, our efforts are not keeping up, with Australia still ranked as one of the highest waste producing nations.

"We all need to rethink what and how we consume, as well as what we produce. As a nation, we need to move away from the outdated linear approach of 'take, make, waste', towards circular thinking of recycle, recover and remanufacture – where waste is actually a resource", said WMAA Chief Executive Officer, Gayle Sloan.

"Ask yourself simply: do I really need to buy that? Can I bring my own reusable 'packaging' – a durable shopping bag, a water bottle or coffee cup? What happens when I no longer need it – can it be reused, repaired or recycled or will it end up in landfill?

"Our industry is at the forefront of investing in recovering resources from waste. This reduces our reliance on virgin materials, saves greenhouse gases and creates jobs in the reprocessing sector. So when you decide to 'buy recycled' you help close the loop. We are committed to the waste hierarchy and we see landfill as only being the last resort", said Ms Sloan.

"WMAA supports initiatives like the Australian Packaging Covenant that aims to change the culture of business to design more sustainable packaging. The Covenant has over 900 organisations as signatories and has contributed to an increase in post-consumer packaging recycling from 39% in 2003 to 61% in 2015.

"It is encouraging to see that waste generation and resource recovery is not only beginning to gain greater traction in the political domain, but also in the community.

"We are excited by the discussions taking place – not only at state and Federal Government levels regarding policy development, such as Container Deposit Schemes and Product Stewardship, but also in the media and at the grassroots level. Thanks to programs like ABC's upcoming War on Waste, Australians are becoming better educated about waste and recovery, and are more aware of the amount of waste they generate annually. Their attitudes and habits towards waste and recycling are changing", said Ms Sloan.

Visit War on Waste website.

WMAA 2017 Australian Landfill & Transfer Stations Innovation and Excellence Awards announced
2017 ALTS Awards
L to R: Mike McConnell, National Product Manager – Projects, Wastech Engineering Pty Ltd;
Kevin Flanagan, General Manager - Water and Waste Services, Toowoomba Regional Council;
Gayle Sloan, CEO, WMAA; Troy Uren, Manager - Waste Services, Toowoomba Regional Council;
Melissa Pearce, Project & Operations Officer, Dulverton Waste Management & Phil Carbins, ALOA


The Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA) announced the winners of the 2017 National Landfill & Transfer Stations Innovation and Excellence Awards at the 2017 Australian Landfill & Transfer Stations Conference.

The awards were established by WMAA in 2007 to showcase the best that landfills and transfer stations have to offer, with the aim of commending sites that are exceptional, and encourage best practice in operations.

The awards were judged according to a specific set of criteria by respected experts who kindly donated their time and extensive experience. WMAA would like to thank the judges for their valuable time and contribution in the selection process for the finalists:

Convenor: John Phillips, KESAB 

Landfill Excellence Award:

  • Adam Faulkner, East Waste
  • Helen Jones, Jacobs
  • Nick Bailey, Sustainability Victoria
Transfer Stations Excellence & Innovation Award:
  • Andrew Quinn, GHD Pty Ltd
  • Deane Ellwood, PLC Consulting Pty Ltd
  • Vincent King, Banyule Council

The award winners are:
Transfer Stations Excellence Award

Townsville Waste Services - Magnetic Island Transfer Station
Magnetic Island is located 8 kilometres offshore from Townsville and is within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage area, with approximately half of the island located within the Magnetic Island National Park. In order to protect the island's biodiversity, numerous conservation studies and community consultations were conducted during the development period, and a range of mitigation measures were employed to ensure there would be no negative environmental impact.

The transfer station is designed to receive a range of domestic, organic and commercial waste for sorting and categorisation, with customers passing by a series of front-end recovery points prior to disposal on the push-pit floor. These recovery points include facilities for oil, batteries, metals, garden organics, white goods, paints, tyres, gas bottles, marine flares, e-waste, comingled recyclables, bulk cardboard, and mixed chemicals. Waste is enclosed within fully sealed, lidded containers within the transfer station, with the ability to be closed and locked down when not in use, thus minimising odour and vermin issues.

The addition of a hook truck and dog trailer to the TWS fleet allowed for multiple containers to be removed from the island at once. Due to this increased capability, specially designed, sealed 10m3 containers were constructed for the transport of biosolid waste from the island's two wastewater treatment plants.

Provision at the site has also been made for a dedicated resale area that aims to promote reuse and resale of goods.

The construction of the transfer station has also allowed the Picnic Bay Landfill to be closed to the public since 7 March 2016.

Landfill Excellence Award

Dulverton Waste Management - Dulverton Waste Management Landfill
Dulverton Waste Management (DWM) provides holistic and environmentally sustainable landfill and organics recycling services for industrial and public sector clients across Tasmania. The DWM landfill is located near Latrobe in north-west Tasmania.

DWM's independently certified and audited Environmental Management System (EMS) is embedded in landfill operations, used daily by staff, and backed by comprehensive environmental policies and processes. The landfill, with a life of 70-plus years, has a detailed aftercare plan, which has a voluntary financial reserve that is demarcated for ongoing monitoring and site improvement. Landfill cell design optimises the natural containment advantages of the site's former clay quarry.

Within the landfill boundary, a covenant protects the habitat of the endangered burrowing crayfish and giant freshwater crayfish. Water quality is preserved via DWM's leachate pumping system featuring over 7 kilometres of pipeline for safe processing at the Latrobe sewerage system. Odour and litter are minimised through daily waste covering at the tipping face and precise landfill compaction.

The DWM landfill was the region's first to operate a landfill gas system to extract methane and assist in annual carbon abatement of approximately 10,000 tonnes CO2-e. The landfill is also the smallest in Tasmania to implement this environmental initiative.

The DWM landfill also incorporates Tasmania's largest compost facility, diverting more than 29% (22,240 tonnes) of waste into high-quality compost certified to the voluntary Australian Standard for Composts, Soil Conditioners and Mulches (AS 4454). Work is underway to extend this waste minimisation effort with the implementation of a regional kerbside FOGO composting scheme, managed by DWM for processing at the DWM landfill site.

Innovation Award
Toowoomba Regional Council Waste service - Automation
In the development of the Greater Toowoomba Waste Management Facility (GTWMF) effort was put into allowing the facility to reduce the time required for staff to manage the facility and to become automated over time. The objective was to allow the facility to be the test site for a regional network of automated facilities managed from a central control room over an area of nearly 13,000 square kilometres. Each element of the network is scalable and integrates with other components to reduce cost.

Each component of the system has a specific function with many serving multiple purposes through the integration. Systems which are being integrated include: electronic gates; digital CCTV; ANPR (licence plate CCTV); thermal CCTV; security and access control; building management systems; digital signage; and touch screens at the gatehouse. Data from licence plate cameras will reduce the time taken to record data, but will also track exactly where every vehicle travels on site, which can then be linked to transaction management and strategic pricing. In addition, the live CCTV also monitors any OH&S issues.

Ultimately, the integration of the systems will allow for real time management of the GTWMF, followed by future management of other facilities from one location.

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