29 June 2020
AORA June News
From the National Executive Officer
Two months ago, AORA released The Economic Contribution of the Australian Organics Recycling Industries, a report which revealed the considerable macroeconomic contribution the industry is making.

We recently delivered a national series of webinars to AORA members and governments to detail the report’s findings – thanks to all those who attended.
 
The report modelled what the economic and environmental contribution of the would be if the current organics recycling rates were increased under four different scenarios. Under the 95 per cent scenario:
 
  • Organics recycling businesses would generate an extra $1.7 billion in sales providing an additional $1.6 billion in supply chain opportunity with an extra $612 million in industry value add towards the Australian economy;
  • Organics recycling businesses would provide 4,094 extra jobs paying $309 million in livelihood to everyday Australians; and
  • An extra 3,208,451 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions would be saved which is equivalent to 4,797,587 trees planted; and 741,524 cars taken off the road each year.
 
This enormous economic and environmental benefit is not only contingent upon the right policy settings from governments. It also relies upon the industry’s capacity to take up the opportunity. To achieve a 95 per cent recycling rate, the industry would need to increase its processing capacity by 6.4 million tonnes (from its current 7.5 million tonnes to 13.9 million tonnes) each year. And that’s just the increase based on 2019 figures. As the waste stream grows over the next 20 years, we will have to capture a greater tonnage year-on-year just to stay level, let alone get to a 95 per cent capture rate.
 
This is why AORA has commissioned a second study from Australian Economic Advocacy Solutions (AEAS), who prepared the previous report. This second piece of work will examine the organic recycling industry’s existing and potential capacity. The report will provide independent and robust assessment of the industry’s ability to step up as a provider of economic, employment and environmental benefit.
 
Specifically, this important project will:
 
  1. Deliver an overview of current recycling rates and tonnes processed, and modelled tonnes needed to achieve a higher recycling rate of organics material;
  2. Profile the capabilities of existing organic recycling businesses state-by-state;
  3. Provide a quantitative estimation of current and future capacity of the industry;
  4. Identify soft and hard infrastructure required to underpin growth; and
  5. Analyse emerging markets for an expanded industry.
 
In summary, this second AEAS report will provide an understanding of industry capacity which will act as a foundation for increased recycling, economic and environmental benefit through the further development of the industry.
 
Information provided to AEAS will be held by them in the strictest confidence. It will not be given to AORA or any other industry player. It will be used for the final report only in an aggregated and de-identified format, and the original data will be destroyed once the project is finalised.

I look forward to your contribution to this vital piece of work, and to presenting its outcomes to AORA members and governments in the coming months.

Lastly, AORA Membership renewals for 2020/21 will go out in the next day or so. Please keep an eye out for them in your inbox.

As always, don't hesitate to call or email me if you would like to discuss any issues, peter@aora.org.au or 0458 404 898.

Peter Olah
National Executive Officer
AORA Chair, Peter Wadewitz, recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours
The organics recycling industry is celebrating the recognition of AORA Chairperson, Peter Wadewitz, with the Order of Australian Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honour List 2020. The Order of Australia recognises Australians who have demonstrated outstanding service or exceptional achievement.

Peter’s recognition for his contribution to the organics recycling industry is richly deserved. AORA as an organisation, and the organics recycling industry nationally, have benefited hugely from his long and visionary leadership.

Peter has been an integral part of AORA since 2012 as a foundation Director, and more recently as Chairperson since 2017.Peter is the Managing Director of Peats Soil & Garden Supplies in South Australia. He has been commercially processing compost for close to 50 years. He is also the inventor of the BiobiN®, an in-vessel composting system offering an alternate solution for businesses in managing their organics.

"This is an unbelievable honour. I am blown away - it is just fantastic. I have no idea who nominated me and it is something you never expect," Peter said. "I do what I do because I am so passionate about it. I have been involved in composting for 50 years. You have your head down and your tail up, because you believe in what you are doing."

"Composting is a circular economy in action: you take it from plants, make it into compost and put into the soil to grow more plants,” concluded Peter.

Peter Wadewitz OAM has been involved with many organisations such as Waste Management Australia, Compost Australia and Compost for Soils. He won South Australia’s Environmentalist of the Year Award in 2006.

Congratulations Peter!
Global Waste management giant; SUEZ welcomes 11 Hitachi construction machines to their orange fleet
AORA PARTNER NEWS

Hitachi and Suez, both members and corporate sponsors, have more in common that just AORA. Both are strongly committed to innovation, performance and customer satisfaction, because of this SUEZ engaged with Hitachi Construction Machinery Australia Pty Ltd (HCA) as a likeminded provider of construction machinery to assist their waste management operations. SUEZ recently purchased 11 machines from Hitachi.
 
SUEZ’s loyalty to the Hitachi brand is a result of the ‘ reliability, comfort and ease of operation of the Hitachi machines, competitive pricing along with maintenance and service support from the Hitachi team, ’ commented Ash Turner, SUEZ’s NSW Business Manager.
Updated Bioplastics Information
AORA, ABA and APCO recently collaborated to develop and launch the Compostable Packaging Guidelines. There has been a number of public and industry inquiries to each of the associations about products and material selection.

Here is a selection of resources to assist;

Considerations for Compostable Plastic Packaging
Guidelines to help businesses make informed choices when considering the use of compostable packaging.

Oxo-degradable plastics fact sheet
The ABA have produced a fact sheet on Oxo-degradable, oxo-biodegradable, photo-degradable, photo-fragmentable, enzyme mediated or landfill biodegradable plastics.

Certified Compostable Bioplastics
AORA and the ABA produced a joint position paper on certified (AS 4736) compostable plastics.
South Australian Training Program gets underway
AORA has engaged 4 Up Skilling to deliver training and assessment of 10 Units of Competency so that participants achieve a Certificate III in Commercial Composting.

Over three ½ day webinars last week we saw Annette Jakob deliver AHCWHS301 Work, Health and Safety Processes and Mary Cole introduced AHCCOM201 & AHCCOM203 Raw Materials, Production processes and products on a composting site. We’ve already heard from participants that they have made changes on site with some of the learnings, which is fantastic to hear.

This week, will be the first face to face training sessions with our first industry speaker, Cameron Bain, Fire & Rescue Australia Training since and who has worked for the SA Metropolitan Fire Service since 1984. As well as fighting fires, Cameron has an Associate Diploma of Applied Science (Fire Technology) and is a Graduate of the Institution of Fire Engineers. Cameron will be providing trainees with practical perspective and will finalise the delivery of AHCCOM202 Recognise and respond to fire emergencies.
MEMBERS: Catch up on recent webinars
The powerpoint presentations and recordings from the state and national Economic Contributions of the Australian Organics Recycling Industry are now available in the AORA Members section of the website.
The AORA Strategic Plan 2020-23 was recently presented to members via a short webinar. The plan (with year one projects) and recording is now available for members on the AORA website.
AORA Conference 2020 and 2021
The rescheduled AORA Conference will take place November 25 -27 2020 at the Crowne Plaza, Hunter Valley. The program remains largely unchanged from the original event. Registrations and program information is available at aoraconference.com.au

SAVE THE DATE
2021 AORA Conference - June 2 - 4 2021 in Adelaide.
Organics in the news
Tas Ag Co becomes the first to register a soil carbon project
The Local beef brand has baselined its Central North property through AgriProve and has registered under the Australian Government’s $2.55 billion Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF).

First organic waste project to power Victoria
The Victorian Government has announced two Renewable Organics Network projects to reduce waste going to landfill by using organic waste to produce electricity.

South Australia's State Waste Strategy and Food Waste Strategy open for consultation
The State Waste strategy proposes targets, objectives and actions to continue our efforts to achieve positive environmental outcomes while building the local industry and creating business opportunities locally and overseas.
The Food Waste Strategy i s the state’s first comprehensive strategy for reducing and preventing food waste being sent to landfill. It proposes actions to support households and businesses to reduce food waste sent to landfill and further opportunities for the organics recovery and processing sectors in South Australia.
Of interest
Soils for Life: How is Bill and Rhonda from YLAD Living Soils Milgadara property performing?
Soils for Life profiled the property in one of their first case studies in 2013. The Daly's are fourth generation farmers growing sheep, cattle and crops on their property  Milgadara  in Young, NSW, as well as running YLAD Living Soils.

Save the date; Use by or best before?
From a packaging and food waste perspective, adjustment of date labelling communication systems has been identified as the most efficient measure to reduce food waste, which has the greatest economic value per tonne in terms of consumer food waste reduction and the lowest costs regarding the business practices.

PFAS National Enviromental Management Plan published
The PFAS NEMP establishes a practical basis for nationally consistent guidance and standards for managing PFAS contamination.

Herbicide residue in soil webinar
An upcoming Soil CRC webinar explores herbicide residue in soil and how long it stays there.

Growing a FOGO community: Bega Valley Shire Council & C-Wise
Bega Valley Shire Council’s FOGO service highlights the role of stakeholder engagement in building community support for resource recovery.

If you have a story, link or news to share with AORA members, please email Alex
Thank you to our Partners
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