Top resource recovery trends to look out for in 2019

Industry Updates

January 8, 2019


2019 promises to be an exciting year for sustainability in Australia. Here’s what to expect:

Less waste, more recycling

With Queensland’s landfill levy taking effect in July and rates set to increase in other states, landfill diversion is a priority for 2019. Landfill levies directly impact the cost of the general waste bin, making diversion a more economically viable option for businesses.

The key to reducing the impact of the levies is to reduce the weight of general waste by exploring recovery options for every waste stream. This could mean separate bins for paper and cardboard, food and organics; taking a more proactive approach to recycling e-waste or investigating container collection services in your state.

Businesses that have a comprehensive waste management plan that is supported by regular waste audits, stand to minimise the impact of levies while increasing their sustainability scores.

More Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) recycling

According to the National Waste Report 2018, almost 87% of food waste produced by Australians went to landfill, when it could have been recycled instead.

FOGO is some of the heaviest components of the general waste bin due to the water content in food and green matter – making up half of the bin’s total weight. When FOGO is collected and recycled separately it can be turned into a high-quality resource for soil conditioners and compost and energy.

FOGO diversion is set to increase in 2019 as more councils roll out FOGO collections and businesses such as GPT and Argo take advantage of bespoke organics recycling services. Find out how Cleanaway’s new South East Organics Facility in Dandenong will lead the way for Victoria.

Spotlight on old electronic devices

Victoria’s e-waste to landfill ban takes effect in July this year, highlighting the increasing concern over end-of-life electronics that are piling up in drawers and cupboards around Australia, and not being disposed of properly.

E-waste is the world’s fastest growing waste stream and includes electronics such as batteries, televisions, refrigerators, mobile phones and laptops. Around 90% to 95% of e-waste components can be recovered, with the right processing technology like Cleanaway’s BluBox.

More investment in waste to energy

As the conversation around waste to energy heats up, expect more investment by industry in finding alternative treatments for waste and new ways to extract value from residual material.

Facilities like the Cleanaway ResourceCo waste to processed fuel plant in Wetherill Park are designed to recover construction and demolition (C&D) and dry commercial and industrial (C&I) waste and produce Process Engineered Fuel (PEF) which is used as a substitute for coal.

Other facilities like the Melbourne Regional Landfill (MRL) convert the gas produced by decomposing waste in landfills into energy. In FY18 MRL produced enough renewable energy to power over 28,700 homes.

Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you and your business make a sustainable future possible.