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OCT-DEC 2018

The ASIA Miner - Reporting Important Issues to Mining Companies in the Asia Pacific Region

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the asia miner • volume 15 • issue 4 23 WASTE TO ENERGY Since moving from Germany to Melbourne, Johann Hefner commenced his role as Applicaঞons Specialist – Resource Recovery, STEINERT Australia. What are your impressions of the Australian approach to the waste issue? From where I stand, it seems that Australians want change to happen and create a more producঞve and rewarding internal industry in their own back yard but are lacking the catalyst to start the transiঞon. They are constantly confronted by discussions surrounding the current opinions on global waste issues, circular economy and recycling. It really feels like a hot topic in Australian current affairs. Have you observed any differences so far between the German relaঞonship and the Australian relaঞonship with waste? Growing up in Germany it was 'normal' to sort household rubbish into four different bins and return plasঞc and glass boles at collecঞon points for refunds. It was the 'done thing' to bring your own reusable bags for shopping. The word 'landfill' didn't mean much as they don't exist in Germany. My world knew 'waste to energy' as being an accepted and necessary alternaঞve for waste recycling, where Materials Recovery Faciliঞes (MRFs) use the latest innovaঞve technology to generate valuable product streams from waste. There is a vast difference in the relaঞonships with the waste and recycling industry, especially the waste to energy sector. It seems that Australia may be just a lile bit behind the 'norm' that has been happening in European countries for many years now. What do you see as difficulঞes and barriers that exist for the Australian resource recovery sector? In my opinion the main issue is coming from the deficient legislaঞve policies to support and create a future for the waste industry. It was and is the responsibility of the government to create drivers for markets for Australian waste and recycling sector, prevenঞng unnecessary landfilling. It means recycling and re-using products that we can, and those we can't re-use, converঞng them into another much-needed energy source. I am speaking about naঞon-wide policies to fuel the development of the industry. The industries themselves require greater collaboraঞon with each other, which is starঞng to happen as seen with the packaging and polymer manufacturers opening the dialogue with recyclers to explore possibiliঞes to move forward in the right direcঞon collecঞvely. I believe the industry is primed to take this next step and I am excited to be part of it. What role does STEINERT Australia play in this shi[? As the Applicaঞon Specialist for Resource Recovery at STEINERT Australia, one of my responsibiliঞes is to coordinate the new test centre at our site in Bayswater, Melbourne. The STEINERT Victorian Test Centre gives customers a unique opportunity to test small and large sample material on our new sensor sorঞng equipment. Here, we can showcase the potenঞal of the STEINERT sorঞng technology – using the STEINERT UniSort Black – on your own test material. Using the Near Infra-Red (NIR) technology, our goal is to sort plasঞcs, RDF, paper and compost material from all commonly known contaminants such as metals, glass, plasঞcs, black plasঞcs, paper and wood. We want to assist the sector in its next steps towards creaঞng a more producঞve and rewarding waste and recycling industry for Australia. It is clear to see that the industry is ready to transiঞon towards a deeper processing line and ulঞmately a circular economy. I am determined to have a posiঞve contribuঞon to the development of Australia's waste and recycling future. Johann Hefner, Applicaons Specialist – Resource Recovery, STEINERT Australia Profile | Johann Hefner

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