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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.

Changes to Victoria waste codes take effect

The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Victoria has announced amendments to the state’s waste regulations.

The changes embed waste codes and clarify provisions in the Environment Protection (Industrial Waste Resource) Amendment Regulations 2016 concerning beneficial reuse, which were made on 22 November 2016. 

The EPA introduced beneficial reuse tools as a support in cases where waste can be used as a raw material or as a component in industrial or commercial processes.

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.

Know Your Council website offers waste data on VIC councils

Victoria’s Know Your Council website resource shows a substantial improvement in waste services across councils.

According to the latest data, the number of missed bin collections has been drastically reduced, resulting in more waste diverted from landfill.

One year after the performance data was made available to the public, councils have reportedly shown improvement on more than a third of the performance measures set by Government.

CEFC: Four states have highest bioenergy potential

The Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) has identified four areas in Australia that have the most ideal conditions in pursuing bioenergy.

These states have been identified as New South Wales, Western Australia, Victoria, and the Australian Capital Territory.

Speaking at the Bioenergy Australia 2016 Conference in Brisbane, CEFC Bioenergy Sector lead Henry Anning said that the four states currently have the most supportive policies for businesses to deploy energy from waste and bioenergy projects.

TIC opens Australia's first automated mattress recycling facility

The TIC Group has opened Australia’s first automated mattress recycling facility in Tottenham, Victoria.

Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio inaugurated the new facility, which uses state-of-the-art technology from the Netherlands to recover valuable materials from old mattresses.

“This new facility is giving us new opportunities to divert thousands of mattresses from landfill and make the most of this important and growing waste stream,” she said.

EPA Victoria issues draft landfill licences following review

The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Victoria is now issuing draft licences to landfill operators, following a review started in 2015. 

According to EPA Development Assessments Manger Tim Faragher, EPA began reviewing 65 licences to ensure that former and existing landfills complied with Victorian environmental guidelines. 

Yarra Valley Water facility enters commissioning phase

After five years, Yarra Valley Water’s energy recovery facility in Wollert has been completed and will soon commence operations.

The facility’s anaerobic digesters are currently being seeded as part of its commissioning phase, according to Yarra Valley Water Manager Waste to Energy Services Damien Bassett.

“During the commissioning phase we will be feeding organic food waste into the digesters to commence the biological process which will take approximately three months.”

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