Urban Waste Management & Recycling
"Waste Management solutions delivered as systematic resource recovery strategies"
The ability of Eco Waste to provide the depth and detail of understanding and advice on current waste management and resource recovery issues is supported by the experience and track (Linked to Track record and highlights) record since Eco Waste was founded in 1988/89.
Nothing in Urban Waste Streams should be wasted, dumped, disposed or gotten rid of in a sustainable economy! With the prevailing resource depletion agenda, essential materials scarcities (Peak Oil, phosphorous and rare earth etc) in the face of exponential growth in demand, all spent, surplus or otherwise unwanted (by the current owner) materials must be streamed post discard for the next most valuable, reuse opportunity. EcoWaste is of the view that such custody transfers should be as efficient as possible and any residual cost (if any) bourne by the current owner/manager.
- Eco Waste is available and uniquely placed to provide advise to parties wishing to develop the systems, facilities and infrastructure to achieve resource management outcomes; or available to co develop such facilities with suitable, skilled and motivated third parties.
Much of the strategic planning from this period is articulated in a subsequent report for a Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA) SPIG Working
- MSW Pre-treatment facilityThe MSW Pretreatment approach designed by Eco Waste and adopted by WSWB, underpinned a “streaming and cascading” framework for the management of urban wastes, such that “highest and best value” options were always available for the discarded materials leading to an, optimised resource recovery outcome for all defined material flows. For those materials that were discarded so as to miss out on the optimised resource recovery option, there was always a “next best” option available to ensure that at least most resource value was reclaimed and as little as possible lost to pure disposal options.
The following diagrammatic representation from the SPIG Discussion Paper #3 provides context (at 3 residuals).(Enlarge image: new page)
- 1 The productive economy – refers to all the collective activities that make up society's use or demand for goods and services as measured currently by GDP.
- 1a Primary industry refers to all the primary or original inputs into the productive economy
- 1b Manufacturing refers to the various converters, processors and value-adding processes
- 1c Consumer refers to both the individual consumer, and society as a whole
- 2 Point of discard for metropolitan solid waste (MSW)
- 2a Point of discard for commercial and industrial (C&I) waste
- 3 First point of receival for residual MSW
- 4 First point of receival for dry recyclables
- 5 First point of receival for organics
- 6 Return of materials into the productive economy — metals
- 7 Return of materials into the productive economy — inerts
- 8 Return of materials to the productive economy — mixed organics and biomass
- 9 Return of materials to the productive economy — high calorific and hydrocarbon-based materials
- 10 Return of materials to the productive economy — source-separated organics
- 11 Point of discard — occasional, bulky, valuable or hazardous materials
- 11a Point of discard — valuable or toxic C&I
- 12 Special value recovery facilities
- 13 Treatment and detoxification facilities
- 14 Return of materials to the productive economy — treated toxics and household hazardous
- 15 Return of materials to the productive economy — special value recove
In this scenario MSW Pretreatment Facilities would replace traditional “first point of receival” transfer stations, providing all the functions of a traditional transfer station, but with the product being partially separated into streams of recognisable material flows (moist organics, High Calorific materials, metal, inert mineral materials, HHW, dry recyclables etc), all destined for delivery to specialist secondary processing facilities, where benefaction, to attain marketable quality, would be achieved.
Eco Waste is available and uniquely placed to provide advise to parties wishing to develop such facilities in the future, or available to co develop such facilities with suitable, skilled and motivate third parties.
- Drive Through Recycling Centres (Enlarge image - new page)
- The Drive Through Recycling Centre concept was designed at this time to at as the first point receival for all post consumer discards that presented as too toxic or too inherently valuable (See 12 &13 on Diagram) as to be adequately/appropriately managed as part of standardised MSW residual
processing options or the regular dry recyclables sorting systems.DTRC have been designed and established as financially viable where located conveniently on major thoroughfares and positioned to serve between 50-200,000 populations.Such facilities would be the most cost effective infrastructure response for widespread implementation of the full range of Product Stewardship Schemes in prospect.Eco Waste is available and uniquely placed to provide advise to parties wishing to develop such facilities in the future, or available to co develop such facilities with suitable, skilled and motivate third parties.
Extended Producer Warranty
Global economic systems are coming increasingly under the influence of the twin agendas of climate change and natural resource depletion. For the manufactures and provider of the wide array of consumer packaged goods and services considerable commercial advantage can be achieved by planning for the post consumer fate of such goods and services and overseeing the efficient delivery of the anticipated outcomes.
The proposed suite of integrated systems and infrastructure (Urban Waste Management) provides a least cost , "streaming and cascading" post consumer materials management systems that allows for the providers of goods and services to:
- Design their products to optimise post consumer resource value recovery, and
- Support or contribute to such systems and infrastructure at the least cost/greatest benefit, and
- Be able to then include any net cost or benefit as a direct cost of production, thereby internalising any such "externalities".
Eco Waste is expert in planing, designing and overseeing the implementation of such post consumer outcomes
In August 2002 – convened the Joint Working Group Tyre (JWGT) to represent the collective “industry” interests as a basis for voluntary and constructive dialogue with the Commonwealth on the issue of establishing a National Used Tyre Product Stewardship Scheme.
Eco Waste facilitated, informed and championed the ongoing development between Industry, Government and other crucial stakeholders until early 2010, all the time shaping and refining the proposed product stewardship model for not only the parties directly involved in the tyre industry, but as a “vanguard” model that could facilitate product stewardship schemes in other nominated sectors.
Used Lubricating Oils
Eco Waste is a world leader in the area of used lubricating oil recovery, re-refining and reuse/reformulation into new lubricating oil products and services.
From 1994-2004 Eco Waste initiated, oversaw and participated in the development and commissioning of Southern Oil Refineries P/L (sold 2004).
This work involved:-
- Initial research into all relevant issues pertaining to waste oil and the value adding options and technologies available.
- Developing “bankable” business plan.
- Raising initial equity and Government grants.
- Selecting and procuring the necessary technology.
- Project managing the resultant project (plan) and implementation.
2004 – Current
- Providing technical, advisory and market development service to a private client who is currently developing a global network (5 initial plants on 4 continents) of used oil re-refining facilities to service an “oil major’s” international requirements.
Since 2001 Eco Waste has been providing advisory and strategic services to a private client that has been developing a sustainable business model for developing green field projects is the generic biomass utilisation, conversion and optimisation sector.
Eco Waste has been providing specific advice on:-
- Sustainable biomass supply issues
- Conversion technology procurement/selection issues
- Identify and facilitating product (gas, bio oils, char) off take parties and applications
- Introducing specifically interested/targeted funding sources.
- Identify and potential sites
- Managing related third party stakeholder’s issues.
Eco Waste has developed and achieved a leading position, and skill set in the fast emerging biomass utilisation sector, which is especially timely in the currently carbon sensitive/constrained economy.
Since 2001 Eco Waste has been advising a private client with long term interests in developing Energy from Waste (EfW) and Alternative Fuel agendas and business development opportunities. This specialist advisory work (2001-03) concentrated on the identification of sustainable opportunities and the strategic partnering with potential end uses/converters.
From 2003-05 the focus turned to defining “sustainability” for EfW projects with the initiation of authorship of the WMAA “Sustainability Guide for EfW Projects & Proposals” Click here for copy
Since 2005 the focus has moved to identifying and procuring commercially viable and ecologically sustainable supplies of residual, high calorific material flows, to conclude “bankable” arrangements for full scale commercial projects.
Eco Waste developed particular expertise during the entire period in securing markets for both the primary markets for heat/power as well as any product or service “by-products”.
To complete the suite of essential factors for successful EfW projects, Eco Waste now has considerable expertise in identifying and evaluating the preferred technologies for any particular situation.
Optimised Resource Recovery Systems and Infrastructure
Eco Waste is of the view that the single most important factor necessary to achieve optimised resource recovery and recycling outcomes from urban waste streams is the provision of specifically designed, readily available and conveniently located systems and infrastructure to facilitate the:-
- The generally separated, “first point of discard” options and facilities for post consumer wastes.
- Integrated and streamed resource recovery logistic systems and infrastructure that add to or maintain material quality at every stage
- Tailor made resource recovery facilities that are designed to optimise resource value and eventually produce product streams entirely fit-for-purpose to meet an identified market demand.
With such systems and infrastructure in place:-
- The currently conscientious & motivated can participate for maximum fulfilment and benefit.
- The education and motivation programs directed to the currently ambivalent or unmotivated waste generators can produce immediate results.
- Product Stewardship arrangements with manufactures can be developed with certainty and objectivity.
Eco Waste has been developing expertise in this area since 1989 and can apply this knowledge and experience for:-
- Policy development
- Strategic planning for Government and industry Click for a copy Final SPIG Discussion Paper.pdf
- Specific project facility development and implementation.