Posts Tagged ‘recycling’

Dehydrator in Degraves Street

Posted in Models by Kate Archdeacon on June 24th, 2013

Photo by avlxyz via Flickr CC

From Enterprise Melbourne:

The City of Melbourne is working with businesses in Degraves Street and Centre Place to implement a shared recycling program, which aims to divert plastics, paper, cardboard, aluminum, glass and organic waste from commercial bins. The waste materials are collected from the businesses and processed on site at the Degraves Street Recycling Facility in Ross House, which hosts a food waste dehydrator, a cardboard baler and co-mingled recycling bins. [The dehydrator turns organic waste into pellets that can then be used as compost for gardens. -JB] The objective of the project is to increase recycling and promote positive environmental outcomes within the Degraves Street precinct.  The project will reduce the environmental and amenity impacts of waste collection and disposal in this busy and popular area of the city. The Degraves Street Recycling Facility is a demonstration project jointly funded by the City of Melbourne and Metropolitan Waste Management Group.

>>> The Degraves Street Recycling Facility is located in Ross House.
>>> You can read the original article on Enterprise Melbourne.

Garbage Warrior film & recycled building discussion

Posted in Events by EcoCentre on June 11th, 2013

17 June , 2013
7:00 pmto9:00 pm


EcoCentre June Film Night – Garbage Warrior. 

What do beer cans, car tyres and water bottles have in common? Not much unless you’re renegade architect Michael Reynolds, in which case they’re tools of choice for producing energy-independent housing.

For 30 years, New Mexico-based Reynolds and his green disciples have advanced the art of ”Earthship Biotecture” by building self sufficient, off the grid communities.

Shot over 3 years and in 4 countries, Garbage Warrior is a portrait of a determined building visionary.

The film will be introduced by Melbourne based architect, owner-builder and eco village enthusiast Tony Kenny, whose own home has been fashioned from largely reclaimed materials for well under $60,000.

Date: Monday 17 June
Time: 7pm
Venue: Port Phillip EcoCentre
Corner Blessington & Herbert Streets, St Kilda
(in the St Kilda Botanic Gardens)

Cost: $2 on the door

Phone: 9534 0670



Successful Worm Farming: Workshop

Posted in Events by EcoCentre on October 10th, 2012

13 October , 2012
11:00 amto1:00 pm

Want bucket loads of worm castings, like these ones collected from EcoCentre? In this workshop you’ll learn how to set up and maintain a top-performing worm farm.

Everything you ever wanted to know about how to wrangle worms, including appropriate music and poetry to increase their motivation! Learn how to provide them with gourmet food and other secrets of turning your organic kitchen waste into garden enriching compost.

The workshop will be run by industry professional Richard Thomas. Richard is a highly sought-after expert who not only runs a worm nursery in Melbourne but who also consults in this field in developing countries around the Asia-Pacific region.

Saturday 13 October, 11am
Port Phillip Ecocentre, St Kilda

Bookings ESSENTIAL. Cost $30  / $15 EcoCentre ‘green’ members
9534  0670 /

Venue: Port Phillip EcoCentre
Cnr Blessington & Herbert Streets, St Kilda
(adjacent St Kilda Botanic Gardens)


Reuse Your Television competition: ReNew Magazine

Posted in Seeking by sashashtargot on March 28th, 2011

Send your ideas on how to reuse TVs to ReNew magazine.

As the humble old idiot box is replaced by the flatscreen and Australia prepares to switch to digital, televisions are popping up on nature strips across the country, ready for someone to take them away. Sadly, a lot of these boxes end up in landfill, leaching polluting metals and toxins.  Send ReNew magazine your ideas, realistic or completely mad, for reusing old television sets.

Describe in 100 words or less what an old TV can be recycled into for the good of the planet: the main aims are to keep it out of landfill and to be something fun, useful or completely ridiculous. Ideas for what to do with particular parts are welcome too.

Entries close May 1, 2011. Email entries to

Diagrams or photos at high resolution 250 dpi are welcome.  Winning entry receives a $200 gift voucher from Enviroshop.

ReNew is published by the Alternative Technology Association, a not-for-profit consumer-based organisation that advocates for renewable energy, sustainable building and water conservation.

For more information or comment contact ReNew editor Jacinta Cleary on (03) 9631 5415;

Planet Ark’s Festive Season Green Guide

Posted in Models by Kate Archdeacon on December 22nd, 2010

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Establishing an Australian Community Recycling Network

Posted in Movements, Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on October 14th, 2010

Source: Social Traders

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As a consequence of attending the 2nd Social Enterprise World Forum in Melbourne organised by Social Ventures Australia and Social Traders, a group of organisations from around Australia who operate Recycling Enterprises decided to form a National Network.  There were people at the World Forum from New Zealand and Scotland who had already formed Community Recycling Networks in their countries. They encouraged us to establish an Australian Network. An interim committee has been formed with a National Day planned for November 19th 2010 in Melbourne.

The interim Committee consists of:

  • Greg Poultney, Convenor, Steps Disability, Queensland
  • Peter Cox, Secretary, FEO, Bendigo
  • Anita Saunders, Member, Finding Workable Solutions, South Australia
  • Rob Dobin, Member, Outlook Environmental, Melbourne
  • Alison Perizi, Member, Renewable Recyclers, Wollongong
  • Susie Bowman, Member, Social Firms Australia
  • Mark Daniels, Member, Social Traders
  • Andy Vagg, Resource Work Cooperative, Hobart

The Committee believes that there is great potential for communities to learn from one another to use waste as a resource to create jobs, reduce waste and as a result strengthen inclusion for all.

As it is a National Network, technology will play an important role in getting information out, but it will be up to the participating groups and individuals to share their experiences and skills.  There are now over 50 Recycling Enterprises throughout Australia, perhaps there are many more. All are experiencing great results. There are many different models of operation. There are no set rules.  The CRNA Committee encourages you to get cracking in your community. Job Seekers and the environment will benefit.

Visit the website to get involved.

Business Recycling: Website & Hotline!

Posted in Models by Kate Archdeacon on September 21st, 2010

It can be difficult for a small business to find the reuse, recycling and waste services they need. Many don’t have the time or the experience in finding these types of services. So the Business Recycling website and hotline have been set up to make the job that much easier. Whether you run a café, a garage, a factory or an office block, you will be able to find reuse or recycling options for much of the waste generated by your business.

There are 16 broad categories of materials listed on the site. They include:

* Cars and Other Vehicles
* Construction and Demolition
* Chemicals and Liquids
* Clothes and Textiles
* Electronics
* Food
* Food and Beverage Packaging
* Furniture and Fittings
* Garden and Landscape
* Industrial and Manufacturing
* Light Globes
* Metals
* Plant and Machinery
* Paper and Cardboard
* Plastics
* Rubber

Under each of these categories, there are many individual materials ranging from wood and glass, to carpet underlay and food scraps.

Reuse and recycling service providers may submit a list of the materials that they collect and process, for listing on the site. This can be done in a two stage process by filling in the on-line registration form.  Businesses looking for recycling services and information can search by Category and Material type, and by location.

Hotline: 1300 763 768

Dialysis Project Saves Lives and Water

Posted in Models, Research by Kate Archdeacon on July 19th, 2010

Source: Smart Water Fund

Image: Bill Peckham CC 3.0

One of Australia’s largest providers of dialysis, North West Dialysis Service (NWDS) is set to save up to 1.68 megalitres of water a year per site through an innovative water recycling system. A Smart Water Fund grant enabled NWDS to investigate a system that captures clean reject water generated during the dialysis procedure for reuse in a number of its facilities. This water would otherwise go directly to sewer.

“We’ve worked with 23 of our sites to find beneficial uses for waste water that also have an acceptable project payback timeframe,” said James Gerrish, NWDS Business Activity Coordinator and Project Manager.  “Instead of going straight to sewer, it’s possible to use the water for toilet flushing in health care facilities, as wash down water, in air- conditioning cooling towers and to water gardens in regional facilities.  For example our Wodonga site could rescue six litres of water per minute during dialysis and use it for toilet flusher tanks or cooling towers,” Mr Gerrish said. “This equates to 1.68 megalitres of water a year – that’s enough to half-fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool.”

A key aspect of the project’s success has been to determine the quality of the reject water and ensure water use demand matches the consistent quantities of water produced during dialysis.  “Many regional dialysis centres are co-located with aged care facilities in regions with tough water restrictions,” Mr Gerrish said. “While demand for irrigation water fluctuates throughout the year, these sites place a high value on this water use as they see the therapeutic and aesthetic value of maintaining their gardens.”

In addition to saving millions of litres of clean water a year, a key project outcome will be the development of a dialysis water reuse handbook for dialysis providers across Australia. NWDS project sites will also receive a detailed individual site report and an overall project report enabling benchmarking with similar facilities.

Part of Melbourne Health, NWDS, provides haemodialysis (blood filtration) for approximately 580 Victorians with kidney failure at 30 centres and 150 homes. NWDS dialysis units range from regional and rural healthcare centres to metropolitan dialysis services, including the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Read more about the project.

Soil & Organics Recycling in Gippsland

Posted in Models by Kate Archdeacon on August 20th, 2009

Source: Smart Water Fund


A new waste plant that will process 3000 tonnes of contaminated soils, 13,000 tonnes of organic waste and up to 20 megalitres of liquid waste a year has opened in Gippsland.

The Soil and Organic Recycling Facility (SORF) at Dutson Downs, 20km south-east of Sale, will manufacture high-quality compost that will be used for pasture improvement, land rehabilitation or beautification projects.

Contaminated soils retrieved from disused petrol stations or gas works can be treated and recycled at the SORF as an alternative in many cases to landfill disposal. Other wastes, including animal fats and petrol-based pollutants, will be converted (using naturally occurring microbes) into their component parts – carbon, water and beneficial soil organics. The plant will also recycle liquids such as waste oils and washdown water from factories, food processors and machinery plants – including car washes.

Gippsland Water Managing Director David Mawer said: “Contaminated water is a valuable resource that previously has gone to waste. This new plant can now take 20 megalitres a year. That’s water that once it is treated, can be reused for agricultural purposes.” “We believe industry will soon recognise the usefulness of this facility and it has been planned to further increase in capacity as demand grows.” Mr Mawer added. The SORF is within Gippsland Water’s existing Resource Recovery Facility, which occupies 250Ha of the 8000Ha Dutson Downs site.

Source: Smart Water Fund

Recycled Water Engineer

Posted in Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on July 2nd, 2009

Source: Ethical Jobs

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Eco Recruitment are currently seeking to recruit a full-time permanent Water Recycling Engineer to be responsible for the implementation, ongoing management and review of recycled water projects. The role will be important in ensuring recycling projects, approved through the Water Plan process are developed and implemented. The position will ensure that proposed recycling schemes protect the environment and human health and underpin the long term sustainability of water resources.

Applications close August 01

See Ethical Jobs for further information.