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NWRIC CEO Week in Review- 9 July

Sims Resource Renewal to pilot hydrogen recovery from Automobile Shredder Residue (ASR)

Sims Limited has received planning development approval from the Brisbane City Council and the Queensland Government for a pilot Resource Renewal facility at Rocklea in Queensland.

The pilot facility will recover hydrogen for industrial use such as heating buildings and powering vehicles, helping to transition to a more sustainable energy landscape. Carbon dioxide will also be produced and captured for commercial purposes such as in the food and beverage industry.

National Waste and Recycling Industry Council (NWRIC) CEO Rose Read welcomed the announcement by Sims.

“This pilot facility represents a major step in implementing research and innovative technology that will improve resource renewal and reduce our environmental footprint.

“Initiatives such as this will help to divert thousands of tonnes of materials from landfill and help reach the 80% resource recovery rate as set out in the National Waste Policy Action Plan.

“It is also a great example of how the waste and resource recovery industry is looking at opportunities to develop a truly circular economy,” Ms Read said.

 

National survey on benefits and effectiveness of waste and recycling grants 

The Waste Recycling Industry Association of Queensland (WRIQ) in partnership with NWRIC and state affiliates have begun a National Review of Grants funded by waste and landfill levies.

This project continues work initiated by the National Waste Recycling Industry Council’s White Paper, Review of Waste Levies in Australia, which identified that only about 25% of levies are returned to the sector (including funding of broader environmental initiatives).

It includes both a review of state government budget papers and announcements on levies collected and grant expenditure as well as a survey of stakeholders in the waste and recycling sector, their experiences with government grants, the timeliness of grants, if they are fit for purpose and what could be done to improve the process.

From this research we intend to provide a suite of recommendations to State and Federal Governments about how grants have helped our sector, how they could be improved and what other mechanisms could support the sector in increasing resource recovery and reducing waste to landfill.

WRIQ (on behalf of NWRIC and state affiliates) invites anyone from across Australia who has expressed interest in state government grant programs for waste and recycling (and related areas) to email memberservices@wriq.com.au to register your interest and receive your copy of the survey link and fact sheet about this project.

You do not need to be a member of WRIQ or our state affiliates to participate in this study.

For more information about the survey contact Mark Smith Mark.Smith@wriq.com.au

 

NWRIC in the News

The July edition of Waste Management Review is out now. Read NWRIC’s Last Word column on Material specifications a stepping-stone to increasing recycled content here 

Listen to NWRIC CEO Rose Read’s interview with ABC News Illawarra on 3 July

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-07-03/nsw-lags-recycling-mixed-plastics-waste-landfill-/100264584