NSW EPA Organics Infrastructure (large and small) Round 5 grants announced

The NSW EPA has released the fifth round of the Organics Infrastructure (Large and Small) Program grant under the $337 million Waste Less Recycle More Initiative, 2014-17 (WLRM) extension. The new grants aim to help local councils, businesses, government institutions, not for profits, and industry organisations, depending on the type of grant project/stream.

Victorian approach to waste planning worthy of polite plagiarism

By Mike Ritchie – Managing Director, MRA Consulting Group Since the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Waste and Resource Recovery Governance Reform in Victoria in 2013, Victoria has pushed ahead rapidly with a strategic infrastructure approach to waste infrastructure reform. The Ministerial Advisory Committee report identified the need for much more coordinated approaches to the planning…

Organics Infrastructure Large and Small

The NSW EPA has released its fourth and final round of the Organics Infrastructure Large and Small (OILS) under the $465.7 million NSW Government Waste Less Recycle More initiative (WLRM). The new grants provide a one off opportunity to accelerate investment in recycling infrastructure and equipment that will reduce food and garden organics waste sent…

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State of Waste 2016 – current and future Australian trends

By Mike Ritchie – Director, MRA Consulting Group On 16 February 2016, the Australian population reached 24 million people. Waste generation rates are a function of population growth, the level of urbanisation and per capita income[i] and Australians now produce about 50 million tonnes of waste each year, averaging over 2 tonnes per person. There…

Energy from Waste in Australia – is there a future?

By Ron Wainberg – Technical Director, MRA Consulting Group Energy from Waste (EfW) is very well established overseas, but in Australia it has yet to get off the ground. The reasons for this are to be found in a complex combination of different historical factors: adequate landfill capacity, poor financial incentives, unfavourable public perceptions and lack…

NSW Weighbridge Funding – Applications now open

The NSW EPA has released a round of Weighbridge Funding under the $465.7 million NSW Government Waste Less Recycle More program (WLRM). The new grants provide a one off opportunity to recycling facilities and landfills to install weighbridges and perform associated civil works. The new grant funding is summarised below: Grant Eligible Applicant Criteria Funding…

David Cocks joins MRA Consulting Group in Melbourne

MRA announces its expansion into the Victorian market with the appointment of David Cocks as Victorian Manager. David joins MRA from Sustainability Victoria (SV) where he managed SV’s Waste and Resource Recovery Infrastructure Team. David brings to MRA a detailed understanding of Victoria’s waste policy and infrastructure landscape. Given the expansion of processing facilities already underway and in development, David’s experience, developing and evaluating business cases for the State government will…