Victoria’s Public Engagement Framework

See the Consultation Draft here

The draft framework attempts to consolidate the numerous consultations now required when engaging communities.  It will impact any organisation who is required to undertake community consultation.

Media Release – Liberal’s Proposed Energy from Waste Scheme Flawed

Media Release

25 November 2019

The Liberal National opposition leader has claimed that rubbish could be turned into power in a bid to help solve Victoria’s waste crisis, under a major policy proposal from the opposition.

“By investing in energy-from-waste facilities and upgrading recycling technology throughout Victoria, the Liberal Nationals will eliminate household waste going to landfill by 2035,” opposition leader Michael O’Brien said.

ALOA CEO Colin Sweet says that “ALOA supports waste avoidance and a reduction of waste to landfill, however landfill disposal is an integral component of the overall waste management matrix.

Landfill disposal must remain in place for waste materials that cannot be recycled or burnt such as asbestos, contaminated soils and recycling residuals.

ALOA is concerned that it is not possible to eliminate landfill without promoting dispersing pollution.

The proposed scheme appears flawed given Waste To Energy (WtE) concentrates heavy metals in the Bottom Ash, which will need to go to landfill, or will alternatively spread through the environment through poor reuse – which will be counter-productive!

The $120 million over four years will not buy any significant infrastructure in the waste to energy space.

ALOA asks, “Where will the WtE facilities be built? “

For further, information contact ALOA CEO Colin Sweet at or 0409 290 209

Colin Sweet

Chair’s Address – 2019 AGM

ALOA AGM – Monday 19 November 2019

Welcome to the Australian Landfill Owners Association’s (ALOA) eleventh Annual General Meeting.

Our landfill members accept three quarters of the waste landfilled in Australia and provide safe disposal services to the general public, local government, industry, mining and agriculture.

It’s been a busy year for ALOA, actively advocating on behalf of members, making representations and meeting with all levels of government on a range of issues including:

  • Proposed regulations and environment reference standards
  • PFAS Nemp2
  • Qld Resource Recovery Road map and action plan (Energy from Waste)
  • ERF -Carbon Credits Methodology Determination Variation
  • The Landfill Gas Method
  • Inquiry in Recycling and Waste Management (Victoria)
  • Safeguard Mechanism
  • Landfill Levy (Queensland)
  • Draft Waste Management and Resource Recovery Strategy (Queensland)
  • Proposed regulations and environment reference standards (Victoria)

The State Chapters have undertaken projects to represent members’ views on state-based issues.  Thanks to our current and former State Chapter Chairs:

  • NSW – Phil Carbins
  • Queensland – Richard Taylor
  • WA – Eugene Olman
  • SA – Colin Sweet
  • Victoria – Daniel Fyfe

ALOA CEO Colin Sweet and State Chapters have engaged with respective governments and regulatory bodies on key issues including:

  • Waste Reform
  • Environmental standards
  • Levies
  • New reporting and waste levy requirements

ALOA continues to advocate on behalf of members and making positive inroads.  We are being taken seriously – as demonstrated by the fact that CEO Colin Sweet was quoted on the front page of the Sydney Morning Herald regarding the shortage of landfills in the Sydney CBD.

The ALOA Board works hard on behalf of members, meeting monthly to discuss and progress key industry issues.  I would like to thank the following elected Directors who served in 2018/19 and will continue to serve in 2019/20:

  • Phil Carbins (SUEZ)
  • Daniel Fyfe (Hanson
  • John Jones (SUEZ)
  • Richard Taylor (Ti Tri Bioenergy)
  • Wayde Peterson (Shellharbour City Council)

I would also like to thank Noni Shannon (Partner, Norton Rose) who continues to provide important legal perspective as our skill based director.  Skill based directors are appointed by the board each year.

I would also like to thank our Directors who served for a portion of 2018/19:

  • Darren North (Newcastle City Council), who resigned in February 2019 after leaving Council;
  • Mark Taylor (Veolia) who moved to a different position within his organisation.

I thank them both for their service and contribution to ALOA.

This year after a call for nominations I am pleased to announce that Wayde Peterson from Shellharbour City Council has been re-elected.

I would also like to take this opportunity to advise the I am stepping down as Chair of the ALOA Board.  I have held this position since December 2014.  I have made this decision based on the fact that I have taken a different role within SUEZ.  My successor will be elected at the Board meeting following this AGM.  I wish them well.  I will continue to serve on the board as a Director and immediate past Chair.

On behalf of all ALOA members, I would like to thank my fellow Directors and our CEO Colin Sweet for all of their work during 2018/19.

Thank you

Phil Carbins
Australian Landfill Owners Association\

Waste & Recycling Reference Group Update

Read the latest update on proposed subordinate legislation under Victoria’s New Environment Protection Act (EP Act), intended to come into effect July 2020, including.

  • The new environment protection legislation
  • Principles for developing the subordinate legislation
  • Proposed Environment Reference Standard and Impact Assessment
  • Regulatory Impact Statement
  • Proposed Environment Protection Regulations
  • Public Comment

Read the paper here

Public comment is open from 2 September 2019 –31 October 2019. Email us your feedback by 25 October here

Amendment Instrument Commences today

The Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction has made the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (Safeguard Mechanism) Rule (No. 2) 2019. The Amendment Instrument commences today. The Instrument makes two amendments to the Safeguard Rule:

  1. It extends the 2018-19 baseline application deadline by just under six months, from
    31 October 2019 to 15 April 2020 for facilities on a Multi-Year Monitoring Period that covers, at a minimum, the 2018-19 and 2019-20 years; and
  2. It allows facilities to use the transitional calculated baseline criteria a second time from the 2019-20 year to adopt newly-established Government-determined prescribed production variables.

The first amendment helps to ensure there is sufficient time to consult industry during the development of priority prescribed production variables and default emissions intensities, and to allow for the first tranche of priority default values to be available for use in the 2018-19 compliance year.

The second amendment removes barriers to adopting Government-determined prescribed production variables and default emissions intensity values where facilities apply for a calculated baseline ahead of the Government-determined defaults being made available. This will help to ensure facilities have access to baselines that adjust annually with production.

The Amendment Instrument is available here 

Details of the consultation undertaken for the amendment are available here

Notice of AGM & Call for Nominations

Notice of AGM  I  Call for Nominations  I Nomination-Form2019AGM Timetable I
AGM Meeting Agenda I Proxy Form 2019

Notice of Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the members of the Australian Landfill Owners Association Ltd will be held on Monday 18 November 2019 at 10am AEDT Via Conference Call.   Dial in details here.

Notice of AGM
Call for Nominations
Wednesday 25 Sept, 2019
Nominations Close Friday 11 October, 2019
Voting opens (if required) Monday 28 October, 2019
Voting closes Tuesday 12 November, 2019
Proxies to be submitted Friday 15 November, 2019 – 5pm AEDT
AGM Monday 18 November, 2019 – 10 amAEDT
AGM Meeting Agenda
  1. Open meeting and record attendance
  2. Apologies and record proxies
  3. Chairman’s report
  4. Receive and consider the financial statements for the 2018-19 financial year
  5. General business
  6. Meeting close

AGM Agenda and Notes  I ProxyForm2019

Call for Nominations

The ALOA Boards calls for up to two positions to be elected at the 2019 Annual General Meeting (AGM).

At the 2019 AGM one elected director (Wayde Peterson) will vacate his position.  He is eligible to renominate.

Four elected directors (Phil Carbins, Daniel Fyfe, John Jones, Richard Taylor) will remain on the board until the 2020 AGM.

Noni Shannon has been appointed as a skill based director.  Her annual term is up for renewal on 20 August 2020.

In order to become a Director your organisation must be a member of ALOA.

Where the number of positions nominated equals the number of positions called, no vote will be required.

Boards meetings are held on the third Monday of every month via teleconference, for approximately one hour.