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Even when it stinks - it's safe

Living near a non-hazardous landfill is safe, even when it’s odorous, reveals the latest scientific study from the Victorian EPA.

The study [PDF], authored by Environmental Risk Sciences is one of most comprehensive to date on the effects of living near landfills. The study focuses on air emissions and updates a study published in 2013 by RMIT University.

Victorian EPA to inspect high-risk tyre sites

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) Victoria will conduct inspections this week on waste tyre sites in northwest Melbourne.

The Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB), Brimbank City Council, Hume City Council and the City of Whittlesea will serve as co-regulators for the EPA inspections.

According to EPA Metro Manager Dan Hunt, the inspections will be conducted to enforce and ensure compliance with relevant fire safety regulations.

Toxfree banners safety, performance improvements in 2016 report

Waste services company Toxfree has released its FY2016 annual report, highlighting safety and performance improvements for the year.

The company reported revenues of $67,826,000 by its Technical and Environmental Services, up 27% from last year. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) placed it at $21,245,000.

Single side rubbish collection a no go for Holdfast Bay

Holdfast Bay Council was not convinced that a proposed single side collection was the way to go.

Councillors voted unanimously against the proposal, which calls for rubbish to be collected from one side of the street. The plan would have been implemented on all Holdfast Bay streets, except major roads.

CR Rosemary Clancy had asked the council to consider the idea after having observed it in Los Angeles, hoping that it would help save money for the council and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.    

Ipswich upgrades waste truck fleet

The City of Ipswich aims to improve waste collection services by upgrading its current equipment.  

A $6.38 million contract was awarded by the City Council to Brisbane Truck Centre for the purchase of 16 new waste trucks. The Council is requiring units with a low entry cabin design for improved driver safety and comfort.

The new units are seen to help maintain the quality of the Council’s waste operations.

Are the public in danger of falling at your transfer station?

Falling over a barrier is one of the most common safety issues facing recovery facilities. Have you been through the checklist?

While heights are a risk as many facilities, one key danger is the public being exposed to is tipping pits at transfer stations. Unlike your employees, you can’t train the public on safety measures.

Protecting the homeless from front lifts

Collection companies in the UK are adopting measures to protect the homeless from being accidentally lifted and crushed - has your organisation taken action?

United Kingdom (UK) garbage truck drivers are being warned of the rising number of homeless people sleeping in collection bins.

UK waste management company Biffa has currently found 175 people sleeping in its bins, up from 93 in 2015 and 31 in 2014.

WorkSafe WA to inspect waste and resource recovery sites

WorkSafe WA has announced an inspection program to look at safety standards and issues in the waste and recycling industry.

The State Agency said the program will continue through the financial year, and will be conducted in both metropolitan and regional areas of the State.

WorkSafe Director Joe Attard said today the sector was being targeted because of its wide range of hazards that could result in serious injuries.

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