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  • Who are Revolve Your World?
    We are a Byron Bay based recycling company (Northern Rivers NSW, Australia), and we have designed an innovative waste management solution that processes waste streams close to the source. Our system utilises a patented Recyclapod system that receives, separates and consolidates streams ready for processing, reducing costs and carbon emissions associated with waste transport. With a key focus on waste minimisation and diversion from landfill, RYW has developed systems for processing food waste, plastics, glass, waste timber, and cardboard into useful products for community use.
  • What is a Recyclapod and how does it work?
    The Recyclapod is a small waste processing unit which allows for hand separation and cleaning of waste at the source. Traditionally, waste is deposited at a facility where it sits for some time, allowing food to rot and further contaminate the other contents of the rubbish. With the Recyclapod as the first point of call into the waste facility, all waste streams are cleaned and separated to maximise efficient recycling and minimise landfill. This simple process reduces costs to the community as waste streams become more efficient to separate and consolidate ready for processing. Individual waste streams are then processed by RYW within the community, or consolidated and exported for recycling by RYW or a third party depending on the stream. At its core technology the Recyclapod collects waste data by measuring waste stream weights, and has the ability to identify waste stream contamination from a source, and then report back to that source for improved efficiency. Consolidated community waste data can be acquired by the Recyclapod to help guide RYW and the community towards waste minimisation opportunities, and the reduction of waste being exported to landfill in Australia.
  • What other projects have RYW been involved with?
    RYW’s founder, Luke McConell, operated large scale music events from 2005 - 2012 before beginning Research and Development in community waste management. From 2016 to 2020 Revolve Your World began managing the waste at the Byron Bay Beach Hotel. The "Beachie" is an iconic Australian Pub, with a 1500+ capacity that generates up to 2 tonnes of waste on the busiest days. Before partnering with RYW, the Beachie had a recycling rate of around 10%. RYW was engaged by General Manager Elke van Haandel in 2016 to introduce a Recyclapod system to improve the venue's recycling rates and solve the venues waste issues including odour, leachate and birds. RYW successfully operated the waste management at The Beachie for 4 years, achieving recycling rates of over 90%, day in and day out. This pilot was an opportunity to test RYW’s systems and evolve the Recyclapod, food waste processing system and RYW’s business systems. Elke left the Beach Hotel in 2020 to work with RYW.
  • How will RYW work towards a closed loop economy?
    A closed loop economy means that a system has identified and collected resources within a community and processed these resources into useful products for community use. For a ‘closed loop waste management economy’ to be successful, processes need to be initiated to ensure packaging waste entering into a community is able to be processed within the system we provide. At RYW we endeavour to understand and help manage incoming packaging supply chains and develop innovative systems to process the different materials that enter into the community. RYW works with the community/customer across all phases of the cycle from advising on purchasing products that align with our processing systems, to selling the recycled product back to the community.
  • When will RYW commence operation?
    RYW is due to start processing household and commercial waste mid-late July 2023. There will be a transition period where the centre will be closed for 2-3 days.
  • Will there be any changes to the new Centre?
    Yes, there will be some exciting changes to the new Centre! The name of the new centre is now the "Norfolk Wave Recycling Centre" (NWRC). We are proud to uphold The Norfolk Wave Campaign values of Miekduu (Be Resourceful), Mainaut (Be Mindful) and Miekhies (Act Now), and we will be using the existing 'Norfolk Wave' assets (website and socials) to educate and inform the community. We are creating an exciting new template for sustainable waste management for small communities, and envision that the 'Norfolk Wave' concept will ripple across the Pacific and beyond. A significant upgrade of processing equipment, including three Recyclapods, a plastics processing unit, a biochar unit and a glass crusher all to be housed in the NWRC. Significant renovations to allow for the processing of resources to take place within the NWRC. Changes to the traffic and drop off flow. The addition of a community bin wash area. An improved re-use centre (ETA early 2024, although a temporary re-use shed will be in place in the meantime). The addition of a recycled art sculpture funded by the Norfolk Wave and created by the community, to adorn the facade of the refurbished building.
  • What are the new Opening Hours at the Norfolk Wave Recycling Centre?
    The NWRC will be open FIVE days a week, 7am - 3pm. We will be closed on Thursdays and Sundays. This is a flexible timetable that may change depending on the needs of the community. We are aiming for consistency and workability for the community.
  • Will drop off change at the Waste Management Centre?
    Drop off points will available along the south wall of the Norfolk Wave Centre. Community members will pull up, and hand over waste streams directly to RYW staff, which will then be processed through the Recyclapod System. Traffic will not go through the waste management centre any more to allow for more waste stream processing space and RYW waste processing staff safety. Traffic will flow around the Norfolk Wave Centre
  • Which waste streams are RYW responsible for processing?
    All commercial and residential waste streams, such as: Food and organic waste Glass General packaging waste streams which include cardboard, all plastics containers and wrap, aluminium cans, steel cans, aerosol cans etc. Sanitary waste Hazardous items such as batteries, sharps etc Textiles, and all other streams of household and commercial waste that are not bulky.
  • Which waste streams are Revolve Your World NOT responsible for processing? What will happen to these waste streams?
    Bulky waste such as furniture – this will be managed via the reuse centre if reusable, or exported to landfill if at the end of its life. Builders waste – this will continue to be managed by Council for the time being. Green waste such as garden trimmings etc – managed by Council, these will be shredded and placed into the composting system.
  • Will there be a Reuse Centre?
    Yes, we anticipate the new Reuse Centre will be operational early-mid 2024 and will be managed by an independent third party. In the meantime, there will be a temporary Reuse Shed that will be operational near the Centre. Everything that comes through the Recyclapod will be assessed for reuse. Reusing items is the next best thing to reducing waste.
  • Will there be a section for bulk items to be dropped off?
    Revolve Your World are planning for a commercial drop-off area for bulk packaging. Bulky items such as fridges will still be processed by NIRC. We will assess the bulky items on an individual basis. RYW welcome specific details about what bulk items may be coming down to the Centre, so we can plan ahead or point you in the right direction. Once through the transition phase, we plan to designate specific times for the drop off of bulk packaging to improve efficiency for the community.
  • Will there be local job creation?
    Yes, RYW would prefer that all jobs on Norfolk are filled by the Norfolk people. This allows RYW to utilise its Head Office team to develop systems in other communities.
  • Will there be a waste collection service?
    We plan to have a waste stream collection service available to commercial businesses from mid-late 2023. We will be acquiring data and community feedback from residential households to design a possible household collection service program in 2024.
  • Do RYW processes generate emissions?
    Most of RYW processes are run on electricity, which will be offset by a large solar array on the roof of the Norfolk Wave Centre. By diverting all organic matter such as food waste from export and landfill we are reducing methane emissions (CH4) and storing carbon back into the ground. We have also partnered with a major university for this project and we will be measuring our carbon footprint as part of the partnership.
  • How much waste will be diverted from landfill?
    This depends on the Community and the waste stream cross contamination rates we receive. If food waste, sanitary and hazardous waste streams are properly separated, then we anticipate an opportunity to divert up to 90% of the waste we manage, from landfill. Some items such as sanitary and heavily contaminated waste streams need to be transported to landfill. We have a real opportunity to drastically reduce the community's landfill costs, though it will take co-operation between the community and RYW. The waste stream data we capture will help us solve the waste issues as we go, and we will report back to the community with accurate messaging based on real-time data for system improvement.
  • How many streams do I need to sort my waste into?
    Five streams: Food & Organic Material Glass Material Hazardous Material Sanitary Material Recyclapod Material (for Hand Sorting) Food & Organic Material All food scraps, compostable packaging, coffee grinds, bones, meat, fish, food-stained serviettes/paper towels, compostable nappies, hair. Glass Material All glass bottles, jars, vases, glasses. Windows and windscreens will continue to be managed by NIRC as part of the construction and demolition waste. Hazardous Material Products that contain harmful elements, including solvent-based paint, pesticides and other garden chemicals and their containers, motor oils, kerosene, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, batteries, and E-waste. Sanitary Material Anything that is soiled by human fluids, such as bandaids, tissues, feminine hygiene products, condoms, nappies, face masks, gloves, paper towels used for cleaning purposes. Recyclapod Material Plastic containers (hard and soft), plastic wrap, aluminium, steel, paper, cardboard, and all packaging that is not glass. All other waste streams that are not either food, glass, hazardous or sanitary go into this waste stream for proper sorting.
  • Why do we now have a Recyclapod stream?
    The Recyclapod stream has been introduced to replace the 'general' waste stream. We are no longer sending our packaging to landfill. By putting your cleaned packaging into the Recyclapod stream, you are giving them another chance at life, as they will be turned into a resource for the community. Essentially, the Recyclapod stream consists of all the household and commercial waste that is not Glass, Food/Organics, Sanitary Waste or Hazardous Waste. Other than packaging (eg plastics (hard and soft), cardboard, paper, aluminium, steel etc) there will be many other items such as pens, textiles, pill packets etc that will also go in the Recyclapod stream. Over time, we aim to find a recycling solution for these other smaller waste streams.
  • How should I setup my home / business to efficiently collect the five waste streams?
    We recommend that your bin setup reflect the FIVE waste streams: Glass Food & Organics Sanitary Items Hazardous Items Recyclapod Items To minimise ants and other pests that are attracted to the substances inside the glass bottles, please rinse before putting into your bin for transport to the Norfolk Wave Centre. We suggest that you have a reliable food scraps / organics set-up at home that is reflective of your transport habits to the Norfolk Wave Centre. For example, if you only deposit your rubbish once a week, then we suggest you either freeze or refrigerate your food scraps (in a compostable bag) to slow down the decomposing of the organic matter (avoiding the smells!) until you are ready to venture to the Centre. Other options may include a larger (20L bin or so) sealable bin that you deposit your daily scraps into. We will not sort your sanitary items, so please place them sealed in the bag of your choice, and clearly separate this bag from the other waste streams. We do not want our workers on the Recyclapod bench to have to sort this waste stream. This stream will go to landfill. Hazardous items can be brought into the Centre in a bin of your choice. Please be mindful of items spilling and contaminating. The Recyclapod stream will most probably be the largest as it is inclusive of all packaging apart from glass, plus all other waste streams that are not food, hazardous or sanitary items. We would recommend the largest bin at home or your business be used for this waste stream. You do not need a plastic bin liner for this waste stream once the food contamination has been removed.
  • Would if help if I continued to separate out plastics, aluminium, steel tins, cardboard etc?
    The short answer is yes. If you would like to keep sorting further into more waste streams this will help us to be more efficient at the sorting bench. We have tried to make it more simple for you at home so that you only have to bring in FIVE waste streams to the Centre, leaving the extra sorting of to us. If you feel that you can do the extra sorting PLUS deliver clean waste streams to the Centre, then we will accept your extra diligence gratefully. If you produce large quantities of a particular packaging weekly, we ask that you continue to sort it separately as you have been doing in the old system.
  • Why is it important to separate food waste from other streams?
    Food waste contaminates all other waste streams causing odours, vermin and risk in manually sorting procedures. Other material needs to be cleaned if food waste is mixed with it, which is labour intensive and time consuming. Cleaning out food waste is much easier if it is done before the food has had a chance to harden.
  • How can I store my food scraps to prevent odours?
    There are several ways to store food scraps at home to ensure that the home remains odour free. If you only make it to the Norfolk Wave Centre once a week, we recommend a bench-top caddy that you empty during the week into a larger bin that can be sealed. We are looking to provide a liquid to households that can be sprayed on your food scraps to minimise odours and essentially begin the fermenting process of the organic material. Many people also store their food scraps in compostable bags in the fridge or freezer until they are ready to deposit to the Norfolk Wave Centre.
  • I don’t have time to rinse food packaging. Why is it necessary?
    We believe the outcome/reward of rinsing your food packaging is worth it for your own household and/or business. A short rinse in warm soapy water (we recommend using the water at the end of a dish load) means no odour, rodents, flies and vermin near your bins. It also means that the Norfolk community can reduce costs over time due to more efficient processing of the waste on the Recyclapod bench. If you bring your waste clean to the centre we can sort it quickly (and turn it into products), which means more cost-efficiency for the community.
  • I am concerned about water use - am I still expected to wash my packaging?
    We understand that the Norfolk community needs to be water-wise, particularly as most people operate on tank water. We have talked to several food businesses on Norfolk who have found that rinsing their packaging at the end of a 'dishes load' means that they can have clean waste streams plus save on water. On the occasion that you are unable to wash your organics out of your packaging, the Recyclapod bench has a reticulated water system that the workers can use to hand wash your packaging items. Please keep in mind however, that food is often harder to remove from packaging once it has become hardened, and also the longer it takes your rubbish to get cleaned on the sort bench, the more cost this incurs to the community.
  • Do I still need to use plastic bin liners?
    The short answer is no. If you can ensure that all food scraps and sanitary waste have been removed from the Recyclapod (hand sorted) stream, then you essentially have a bin full of packaging and other 'clean' bits and pieces. There will be a bin washing station at the Centre for you to rinse out your bins if you require also. Please use a bin liner for your Sanitary Items and seal this bag before bringing it to the Centre.
  • What happens when broken glass is mixed with food or other materials?
    If it is unsafe or impractical for you to separate these waste streams, we recommend that you separate this waste into a container and bring it into the Centre for proper processing by the staff.
  • I line my compost caddy with newspaper / cardboard. Is the ink safe for compost?
    The compost process can accept a small amount of newspaper and cardboard that has no plastic. All inks now are soy based in newspapers. We suggest no colour printed paper and only plain cardboard be mixed into the Food & Organics stream.
  • What happens if I don't decontaminate / sort my waste?
    It will take much longer for the Norfolk Wave team to sort, which may significantly increase waste charges for the whole Norfolk community. If waste streams are delivered to the Centre uncontaminated, that is, in the 5 streams as requested, we have the opportunity to reduce waste costs, and charges. If a certain business or member of the community blatantly contaminates the waste streams on a continual basis, there will be a fine. This action is not meeting the community's recycling targets and risks increased costs being imposed on the rest of the Norfolk community.
  • What happens if I sort my waste perfectly?
    We are developing a unique rewards system, plus, you can be proud that you have helped Norfolk achieve its circular economy goals. You are an excellent earthling and a community-minded consumer!
  • What products will be produced from the recycling of community waste?
    1. Compost Through this new system we will be able to ensure that microplastics remain out of the HotRot composter, so that we can provide environmentally-friendly and nutrient rich compost to the community. The compost will be ready for sale to the community once it has finished the curing stage. 2. Biochar Biochar is an engineered charcoal that improves soil structure, moisture retention and nutrient availability. We will be processing waste timber and plastic-lined cardboard into a this carbon product for farming and for use in the plastics processing. We will use Waste Oil to heat the Biochar unit. 3. Sand Instead of mining our sand from Norfolk's beaches, we will be able to supplement building requirements by creating quality sand from our glass waste. Crushed glass is safe to use once screened, and all plastic and paper labels have been removed from the particles. 4. Concrete Aggregate We will be processing the hard and soft plastics on-island to create concrete aggregate for use in the community. The pelletised plastic will be made porous through the addition of lime and ash (from biochar) and then this product can be used to make resources such as concrete slabs, fence posts, building blocks etc.
  • How will you charge for the products that RYW creates?
    The cost of concrete aggregate from plastic, and sand from glass will be at a rate similar to the current rate for aggregate and sand on island. We will inform the community of the price structure shortly.
  • How will community members buy the outputs created by Revolve Your World?
    The community will be able to purchase the aggregate, sand and biochar through the Norfolk Wave Recycling Centre after the transition period is complete and quantities are available. We will post information on this website and Norfolk Wave socials once the products become available. It is important to note that we will have regulations around the the use of the glass and plastic products to ensure that they do not pollute Norfolk's environment.
  • Who retains the profit from sale of products / outputs?
    Sales of outputs are part of RYW's revenue line. This revenue will go back into the system to offset the operations.
  • Is glass sand safe for handling?
    Glass sand, like all sand, contains silica and should be used with caution. The community's new glass processing unit was specifically chosen with a granulate size that is quite large, and is screened for foreign debris. The unit information can be forwarded if required, but dust was considered when determining this equipment and will be minimal.
  • Can we use the crushed glass on our driveway?
    Crushed glass is safe to use once screened, and all plastic and paper labels have been removed from the particles. Please consider that screened glass, like sand, may wash away from driveways into the environment after a big rain event.
  • Will we be able to use the concrete aggregate to fill in potholes?
    It is important to note that we will be monitoring the use of the concrete aggregate so it is used responsibly within the community. We avoid the use of the plastic concrete aggregate on roads due to the repeated wear and potential release of microplastics into the environment.
  • Will you be supplying woodchip?
    No, the NIRC will still be responsible for all green waste and woodchip.
  • How are plastics processed?
    Separation/decontamination from other waste streams Granulation Mixing Extrusion into concrete aggregate
  • How is glass processed?
    Separation/decontamination from other waste streams Crushing Screening into sand
  • How is cardboard processed?
    Separation/decontamination from other waste streams Baled Shredded Composted
  • How is plastic-lined cardboard processed?
    Separation/decontamination from other waste streams Baled Biochar - Carbon source for concrete aggregate Mixing Extrusion into concrete aggregate
  • How is food/organic material processed?
    Separation/decontamination from other waste streams Composted
  • How is compostable packaging processed?
    Compostable packaging can be included in your Food / Organics bin, as this waste stream can be processed through the HotRot composter. Over time, we will be assessing the island's supply of compostable packaging to ensure that it doesn't contain PFAS (chemicals that are harmful for soils). We will be working with local importers and suppliers to ensure all compostable packaging on to Norfolk is PFAS free.
  • How does the HotRot Composting Unit work?
    The HotRot Composting Unit is used on Norfolk to transform our organic wastes into a nutrient-rich compost. Once the organic waste is placed into the HotRot via a bin tipper or feed hopper, it is mixed inside the unit under a uniform moisture and heat. Air is injected into the unit to ensure that the material is maintained in an aerobic state. Heat, moisture and carbon dioxide are extracted by a fan and passed through a bio filter. The HotRot does not produce methane. We have two HotRot composters on Norfolk that have the potential to break down large amounts of our organic waste on Norfolk (animal, cardboard, green waste, food waste) and transform them into a nutrient-dense compost that can be used by the community. We just need to ensure that we keep inorganics like plastics and plastic-lined cardboard out of the HotRot.
  • How is hazardous waste processed?
    Separation/decontamination from other waste streams Handed to NIRC for responsibility
  • How is medical waste processed?
    Separation/decontamination from other waste streams Option 1 – medical incinerator at hospital Option 2 - Baled Sent to landfill
  • How is sanitary waste processed?
    Separation/decontamination from other waste streams Baled Sent to landfill
  • How is polystyrene processed?
    Polystyrene will be densified and recycled within the plastics system on island.
  • How are aerosols processed?
    Compacted and recycled.
  • How are ceramics processed?
    Ceramics will be processed through the community's new glass crusher, and will be screened to sand.
  • How is kitty litter processed?
    The Norfolk Wave Centre will accept kitty litter. Kitty litter is primarily made up of clay and other minerals, natural ingredients such as pine, wheat or corn, or synthetic crystallised silica, and of course cat faeces which are natural and compostable materials. You can bring this in separately to the centre, or you can include the kitty litter in with your food/organics bin, which will be deposited into the community's HotRot composting unit.
  • What do you mean by Sanitary Waste?
    Sanitary Waste generally refers to anything that has bodily fluids attached that could pose a health risk if not handled properly. Disposable nappies, female hygiene products, condoms, face masks, ear buds, tissues that have been used to wipe noses or hands, dog poo in bags etc. If your rubbish has human or animal fluids/matter on it, it needs to go into the Sanitary Bin. We would also like vacuum bag contents to go into this stream. This stream should come into the Centre sealed in a bag, and it won't be opened. We really do not want these items on the Recyclapod sort bench, where our awesome workers will be hand sorting. This stream will be sent to landfill.
  • E-waste
    Bring to the Norfolk Wave centre for processing, export and recycling.
  • Lightbulbs
    Collected at the Norfolk Wave Centre and exported to Australia for recycling.
  • Whitegoods
    NIRC will still be accepting white goods at a drop-off location at the Norfolk Wave Centre.
  • Printer/Photo Copier Cartridges
    Bring to the Norfolk Wave Centre and cartridges will be processed, either on island, or will be exported and recycled through a third party processing facility.
  • Mechanical Waste, Car Parts, etc
    Metals and plastics should be separated out as much as possible so that they can be recycled at the Norfolk Wave Centre.
  • Tyres & Tubes
    NIRC will still be accepting tyres. If the tyres are small such as bicycle tyres, the Norfolk Wave Centre will accept at the new drop off area. Larger tyres such as car and truck tyres will be directed to the back of the facility for NIRC to accept. Tyres will then be shredded and exported if a use can not be found for them on island.
  • Paint Tins (with or without paint)
    Can be brought to the Norfolk Wave Centre and will be exported and recycled through a third part processing facility.
  • Plastic Pallets
    Drop them to the Norfolk Wave Centre and we will assess for re-use. If not re-usable, they will be shredded and then granulated then blended into our plastics process to make a concrete aggregate product called Resin 8.
  • Bulk Woody Waste & Garden Waste
    Bulk woody waste and garden waste will be managed by NIRC in line with the Argentine Ant program.
  • Sawdust Waste
    Sawdust from untreated timber waste can be composted. Treated pine sawdust waste will need to be considered builders waste and exported to landfill.
  • Woodchip
    Wood chips as waste? If so bring to the Norfolk Wave Centre to be placed in the Green Waste Drop Off. It is NIRC's responsibility for the first stage.
  • Sensitive Documents
    The Norfolk Wave Centre will have an efficient document shredder. We can possibly arrange for times that the public can shred their own documents for security purposes.
  • Sharps
    Sharps container located at Drop Off Point under 'Hazardous' waste stream.
  • Cigarette Butts
    Bring to the Norfolk Wave Centre in a separate container and place in the ‘Bin Ya Butts’ containers. Various containers will be distributed around the island at strategic points, then sent for processing into products. In Byron Bay we ran a program with Byron Shire Council and a partner Terracycle. Cigarette butts were separated in stainless steel vessels placed around town. Then, a Terracycle contractor would pick up once every month. Elke is in contact with Terracycle for the Norfolk Wave. We (RYW and NIRC) should consider purchasing similar vessels that can be placed around the community (public bin stations etc) including businesses that have smoking areas. We could also have a them set up at the Drop Off point for householders to drop into. Separating out cigarette butts within the community this way allows them to go directly to a program such as Terracycle.
  • Aerosols
    Recyclapod stream for hand sorting
  • Meat
    Food & Organics Bin. Bring to the Norfolk Wave Centre for composting or give to local farmers etc.
  • Food & Meat Soiled Packaging
    Wash well with warm soapy water and add to appropriate bin. Bring to the Norfolk Wave Centre for processing (see material type for type of processing).
  • Ceramics/China Plates etc.
    Recyclapod stream for hand sorting.
  • Bamboo Packaging
    Bamboo packaging & products can go into the Food & Organics waste stream.
  • Vacuum Waste
    If there is only organic material in the vacuum bag it can go into the Food/Organics bin. Chances are that a full vacuum bag will have inorganic waste in it, so we would like it to be put into the SANITARY stream. This Sanitary stream is to arrive sealed in a bag to the Centre and will likely be exported to landfill. We also don't want the vacuum dust to be spread out on the Recyclapod hand sorting bench.
  • Tea Bag Tags
    We recommend you take the tea bag tag off and put this into the Recyclapod stream, and put the tea bag (and tea leaves) in the Food/Organics stream. If you are certain that the tag is made of paper only (several companies advertise this, particularly organic brands) then the whole thing can go in the Food Stream. We do not want any plastic from the tags dispersing microplastics into the compost.
  • Milk Cartons / Tetra Packs
    All Tetra Packs will be exported to landfill in the first phase, though we are presently looking into the best recycling option either on-island or in Australia. At home, please take the lid off, rinse the carton, and place both the lid and the carton in the Recyclapod stream. We can recycle the lids on-island into concrete aggregate, or save them up for Lids4Kids.
  • How long will RYW be operating on Norfolk?
    Five years under the current term.
  • Are there any fees?
    Fees are currently calculated and charged within the Council rate system. There will be no additional fees at the Norfolk Wave Centre.
  • NIRC has spent large sums of money on new equipment, is that for you?
    NIRC was granted $3.2M from the Commonwealth government, part of which has been spent on equipment for waste stream processing on Norfolk Island.
  • What equipment was purchased?
    • Recyclapods – separation, data acquisition and reporting, waste stream consolidation • Plastics processing system – Approx 30% of system purchased by NIRC, the rest funded by RYW to process plastic waste into a concrete aggregate • Glass processing system – process glass into sand • Biochar unit – process waste timber and plastic lined cardboard into a carbon product for farming and for use in the plastics processing
  • Will revenue raised from sales of outputs such as aggregate go to reducing the waste management levy?
    The sales of concrete aggregate and other products made from waste material on Norfolk are part of Revolve Your World's revenue line. Other RYW revenue includes a 'per kilo' rate on waste material that the Recyclapod and processing equipment processes on a daily basis. It is important to note that the current cost to export waste to landfill in SE QLD is more than $3.30 per kilo. RYW's per kilo rate is $1.95. This is variable and an agreed start up figure based on our costing if the community provides clean streams. If we can keep the operational costs as minimal as possible then the per kilo rate can come down. This also works the opposite way where it will go up if material is continually brought in contaminated, as we need to cover the costs to decontaminate and clean the material. The sales of outputs are just one part of the equation. In order to reduce the waste management levy, RYW and the community need to work together to make the system as efficient as possible.
  • What happens once the five year contract with Revolve Your World expires?
    Revolve Your World and NIRC will negotiate terms for an extension of contract or will develop a new contract under new terms.
  • How can the Norfolk community support the success of this new system?
    The number one thing that you can do as a Norfolk Island community member or visitor, is to avoid contaminating the recyclable waste streams with food waste. Food and other organic waste contaminates these waste streams and makes them difficult to process and recycle. By reducing cross contamination of waste streams from one waste stream to another, it allows for efficient and safe processing within the Recyclapod system at the Norfolk Wave Recycling Centre, helping to keep the Norfolk Island waste management costs to a minimum. The previous waste system was unsustainable, with freight and landfill costs increasing year on year. This change will disrupt this cost trajectory and allow the Norfolk community to feel empowered and take ownership of their waste. It is your waste, and you have the opportunity to develop products for your community from the waste you produce, thereby turning an expense into a community investment. Change is hard, we get it, we are working hard to minimise any disruption and to simplify the process for the consumer, so we ask for your patience and your support while we transition to the new system. Other ways we will be asking you to support the change are through conscious purchasing, shopping locally where possible, minimising your imports and minimising your waste.
  • Can community members give feedback and share ideas with the Norfolk Wave / RYW team?
    Of course! We designed and built this concept and processes for you. All new ideas for improvement are welcome. Please let us know how we can improve our systems in order to serve you better, or any ideas you may have on how to better manage waste within your community. RYW and the Norfolk Wave team are here to listen and to serve.
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