ALGA Weekly eNewsletter – 2017 Issue No. 31
Adelaide Suburbs May Face Ban on Groundwater Use

Fears of contamination from an industrial chemical could lead to a ban on using groundwater in the south-west of Adelaide. The ban can affect thousands of residents, reports ABC.
The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) said Trichloroethylene (TCE) had been detected in groundwater accessible from properties in Edwardstown, South Plympton, Plympton Park, Park Holme, Ascot Park and Melrose Park. Exposure to the chemical can cause cancer. Read more.

PFAS in Katherine Drinking Water

Water restrictions are in place in the Top End town of Katherine due to concerns about PFAS in drinking supplies.
Katherine households will be subject to compulsory water-saving measures, including only watering their lawns three days a week, and not watering hard surfaces.
Health Minister Natasha Fyles says the water supply remained safe to drink, but the precautionary move was designed to limit the amount of contaminated bore water used to boost supplies during the dry season. Read more.

Glass Recycling Racket Comes to Light

Hundreds of thousands of tonnes of glass are being stockpiled and landfilled instead of being recycled. Industry insiders interviewed by ABC's Four Corners described an "unsustainable situation" with glass which has "nowhere to go" because there is "no viable market". Australia consumes about 1.36 million tonnes of glass packaging per year. Glass consumption is at its highest in NSW. One recycling company, Polytrade, has decided to go public in an effort to raise awareness about the issues being faced by industry due to what it describes as a failure of regulation. Read more.

NZ Wastewater Pipe to be Drilled Below Peninsula

A Timaru Herald report says that work is about to begin on an upgrade to the Army Bay wastewater treatment plant and the installation of major new outfall pipe. The project will see Watercare using a New Zealand-first technique to bore 45 metres below the ground on Defence Force land beside Shakespear Regional Park and use hydraulic jack to push the outfall pipe beneath the seabed off the Whangaparaoa Peninsula. There it will be connected to a pipe being floated from the Firth of Thames which will be sunk in place. The upgrade to the station includes a new pump station. Read more.


PFAS National Environmental Management Plan

The National Chemicals Working Group of the Heads of EPAs Australia and New Zealand (HEPA) is developing a National Environmental Management Plan (NEMP) on per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances. The plan is being drawn up in consultation with the relevant Australian Government, State and Territory agencies to provide a consistent, practical, risk-based framework for the environmental regulation of PFAS-contaminated materials and sites. Read more.

Container Deposit Scheme will Roll Out in December

Exchange for Change and TOMRA-Cleanaway have been appointed to head NSW’s “Return and Earn” 10-cent Container Deposit Scheme due to roll out in December. The agreements will see Exchange for Change and TOMRA-Cleanaway appointed as the Scheme Coordinator and Network Operator respectively. The roll out of reverse vending machines is a first for Australia. Queensland is set to follow next year.

The scheme’s features include: More than 500 collection points across the state including remote towns; eligible containers include most glass, cans, plastic and paperboard drink containers between 150 millilitres and three litres.

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This week the event in Wagga Wagga, Regional NSW, tackles head on what is an ongoing concern of our industry: asbestos. We know that the guidance on the management and disposal of asbestos isn’t always as clear as it should be. Western Australian guidelines have given rise to changes in legislation that have new concentration levels for asbestos in soil and clearly ‘dig and dump’ isn’t the only way to deal with asbestos. Hear direct from Wagga Council, on what they are looking for in relation to contaminated sites information from consultants.

If you have any contacts in the region that you believe should be there, please forward the invitation on or email Karoline to send it direct. Registration is open until Wednesday unless fully booked prior.

Our other events this week in Auckland, Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth have industry experts teaching you about PFAS, other emerging risks and challenges, the planning system and contamination, groundwater discharges, and last but not least an ALGA student tour in Perth that is part of the curriculum.

As always any suggestions or concerns do not hesitate to contact me directly OR use the "soapbox" button on the website.

Elisabethe Dank
Chief Executive Officer

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Events listed below shows events scheduled for the current month only. To view our complete events calendar click here All fees indicated are listed excluding GST.
The Planning System and Site Contamination: Refining Processes

Cost: AU$25 (ALGA members) AU$60 everybody else

When: Tuesday, 15 August

Where: Adelaide

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Emerging Knowledge & Risks Plus DEHP Update

Cost: AU$25 (ALGA members) AU$60 everybody else

When: Tuesday, 15 August

Where: Brisbane

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Barangaroo: From Dormant to Developed

Cost: AU$25 (ALGA members) AU$60 everybody else

When: Wednesday, 16 August

Where: Sydney

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The Biggest Threats and the Greatest Advocates

Cost: $25 (ALGA members) AU$60 everybody else
When: Wednesday, 16 August

Where: Melbourne

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Risky Business

Cost: AU$25 (ALGA members) AU$60 everybody else

When: Thursday, 17 August

Where: Wagga Wagga

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Consenting Groundwater Discharges

Cost: $25 (ALGA members) $60 everybody else

When: Thursday, 17 August

Where: Auckland

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ALGA Student Tour of Contaminated Site
with University of Western Australia


When: Tuesday, 22 August

Where: Perth

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Industry Insights – The Changing Face of the Environmental Sector

Cost: Student members $10, Everyone else $15

When: Tuesday, 29 August

Where: Perth

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