Some of the recent projects completed by Blue Environment include the following:

  • Guide to developing a waste management strategy

    Barwon South West Waste and Resource Recovery Group commissioned Blue Environment to prepare a guide for development of municipal resource recovery and waste management strategies for use by the group's member councils.  Project outcomes included the Guide, template versions of a background report and the strategy, and additional support resources including spreadsheet analysis tools, graphics and photo library.
  • Waste to energy regional micropower network

    On behalf of the Central Victorian Greenhouse Alliance, Blue Environment assessed the feasibility of developing a regional network of small-scale waste to energy facilities.  Investigations included stakeholder consultation, analysis of waste and energy data, assessment of technology impacts, site inspections and assessment of siting/logistics, consideration of environmental, planning and regulatory requirements, detailed financial analysis, risk assessment and regional framework issues
  • Hazardous Waste in Australia 2017

    Hazardous Waste in Australia 2017 is the authoritative source of national data on hazardous waste, focusing on 2014-15.  Its core is a compilation of data from hazardous waste tracking systems, compiled from millions of data entries from truck movements in the five largest states.  Hazardous Waste in Australia 2017 indicates that Australia produced about 5.6 million tonnes of hazardous waste, representing about 9% of all waste generated.  More than half of this quantity was made up of contaminated soil, asbestos-contaminated materials and grease trap wastes.  Over half was sent to landfill.  Hazardous waste quantities appear to be growing much more quickly than other types of waste, and old, intractable hazardous wastes remain present in very large volumes.
  • National Waste Report 2016

    The National Waste Report 2016 is the authoritative source of national data on solid waste, focusing on 2014-15 and trends since 2006-07.  Its core is a compilation of waste data supplied by each state/territory and transformed to a consistent national data platform.  The National Waste Report 2016 includes a number of surprises, including that waste quantities are growing much less rapidly than many previous analyses have suggested.  The growth rate from 2006-07 averaged 1.2% per year or 2.3% excluding fly ash.  Municipal waste quantities changed little over this period and declined by 9% on a per capita basis.  Some significant material streams (paper and cardboard, glass and fly ash) are declining.  In 2014-15 Australia produced about 64 million tonnes of waste, which is equivalent to 2.7 tonnes of waste per capita.  Almost 60% of this was recycled.  Excluding fly ash, the total was 53 million tonnes or about 2.2 tonnes per capita.
  • National asbestos study

    The Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency commissioned Blue Environment in association with Randell Environmental Consulting to analyse asbestos waste data , consult with state/territory governments on waste asbestos management systems and highlight areas of actual/potential shortages in disposal capacity. The report found that asbestos waste quantities are increasing, and identifies a series of failings in relation to management. These include worsening access to disposal in rural and regional areas as small landfills are replaced by transfer stations that do not accept asbestos.
  • Tender and contract services

    Blue Environment has provided a range of services to various Victorian and Tasmanian local governments in establishing contracts with service providers.  This has included advice on regional contracting arrangements, preparation of tender documents and contracts, evaluations of expressions of interest and tenders, and interviews of shortlisted organisations.
  • Carbon advisory services

    The Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group provides coordination and contract management services to local governments across Melbourne.  Blue Environment has provided the group with technical carbon advisory services for a number of years, including scenario modelling, assistance with developing carbon contracts, preparation of position papers and representation on the waste technical working group under the Commonwealth's Emission Reduction Fund.
  • Waste modelling

    Blue Environment has developed models for the Victorian EPA, Sustainability Victoria and Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group that record and analyse waste data and project future quantities of different types of waste.  These have been used for various purposes, including reporting recovery rates, estimating future landfill levy revenue, and assessing state infrastructure needs within the Statewide Waste and Resource Recovery Infrastructure Plan and the Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Strategic Plan.
  • Mount Gambier organics

    The City of Mount Gambier contracted Blue Environment to provide advice, supported by a sophisticated model, on the financial and carbon implications of various scenarios for managing organic wastes.  The model included multiple first-order decay calculations to allow for carbon impacts to be determined in line with the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting system.
  • Audit of waste and recycling facilities

    On behalf of various local government organisations, Blue Environment has recently audited a large number of waste and recycling facilities across Australia. This has included nearly 150 resource recovery centres, transfer stations, material recovery facilities and other waste and recycling facilities across Victoria, Tasmania and Queensland.
  • Biosecurity risk assessment

    Blue Environment reviewed biosecurity and other risks to agriculture and horticulture from the management of organic waste in Victoria's food bowl, the Goulburn Valley. The work considered risks and regulations associated with management practices from both local and imported waste, and used a risk management approach to assess the magnitude of risk and adequacy of current and future management protocols.
  • Transfer station network masterplan

    We developed the Cairns Regional Transfer Station Network Masterplan on behalf of the Cairns Regional Council. The project involved an assessment of all transfer stations in the region, analysis of future catchment populations and waste/recycling generation, identification of infrastructure upgrades required and statutory/regional planning issues. Concept designs were developed for 6 new facilities, costs estimated and a sustainability assessment undertaken, incorporating environmental, social and economic issues. Additional considerations included managing the impact of climate change-induced disasters and options for enhancing community education.
  • Towards sustainable engineering

    Blue Environment has developed a guide for engineers on how to achieve greater sustainability in their work. The guide is a tool for practicing engineers and provides a range of suggestions for implementing sustainability in all stages of a project or product development - from planning and design to project delivery and end-of-life considerations. Titled Towards sustainable engineering, the guide was prepared for Engineers Australia's College of Environmental Engineering.
  • Tasmanian Waste Management Strategy

    Blue Environment worked with the Tasmanian Department of the Environment, Parks, Heritage and the Arts to develop a draft waste management strategy for Tasmania. The project included extensive consultation throughout Tasmania to develop a plan for all stakeholders in the waste management industry.
  • Economic model of SA levy

    Blue Environment was commissioned by Adelaide metropolitan Councils to develop an alternative economic model for the application of the SA waste depot levy. The model was submitted to the SA Government as part of the review of the existing levy arrangements in 2007.
  • Environmental, social and economic impact assessment

    On behalf of Sustainability Victoria and the Victorian Environment Protection Authority, Blue Environment undertook an assessment of the environmental, social and economic impacts of a potential ban on the disposal of concrete to Victorian landfills.
  • Code of Practice for Managing End-of-Life Televisions

    The NSW Department of Environment & Climate Change commissioned Blue Environment to develop a national code of practice for recycling and refurbishment of end-of-life televisions. The code forms part of product stewardship arrangements established with the television manufacturing industry.
  • Sustainability planning and implementation

    Blue Environment investigated current practices at the Victorian Department of Transport to identify opportunities for the incorporation of sustainability into departmental operational and business planning processes. Following acceptance of the recommendations, Blue Environment worked with the department to implement change.
  • Guides to Best Practice

    Blue Environment has developed a number of Guides to Best Practice to benchmark waste and recycling practices around Australia.  For Sustainability Victoria, we have developed the Guide to Best Practice at Resource Recovery Centres and the Guide to Best Practice for Organics Recovery.  For Tasmanian regional waste groups, we have developed the Tasmanian Transfer Station Best Practice Guidelines.  The guides reflect industry practices and legislative requirements, and include direction on sustainable design, planning, technology and equipment, and operation and management of resource recovery infrastructure.  
  • Best Practice hazardous waste management

    On behalf of Environment Protection Authority Victoria, Blue Environment undertook a review of international best practice on the management and destruction of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and organochlorine pesticides (OCPs).
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