As the peak professional body for packaging education & training in Australasia it is paramount that the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) offers professional designations that are internationally recognised and have the ability to raise the profession of packaging technologists and designers across the globe.
Vanden Recycling Pty Ltd and South Melbourne Market (Port Phillip City) were the hosts to start the Australian Institute of Packaging‘s 2019 activities.
Vanden has a catch-cry Think Beginning Not End which is the very geneses of the company, which was formed in 2005, and is now far advanced from the beginning and nowhere near the end. The founders envisioned that the commingling of waste and exporting the problems was not sustainable. The Australian branch commenced operating in 2013 with Simon van Leuven in charge.
Just two years later their foresight came into major focus when China placed severe restrictions on the importation of foreign waste. But with a small population Australia would not be able to sustain alternate solutions unless it was done in partnership.
For our tour Simon was joined by his Personal Assistant Laura Calder and Karolina Wojtasik Senior Operations Manager of the Market.
The partnership with South Melbourne Market was formed and is the benchmark for any future developments. Industrial real estate in South Melbourne is around $6000 a square meter and with no free space shoehorning a recycling process was no mean feat. It is somewhat reminiscent of the manufacturer of micro widgets that was so successful that they moved to smaller premises!
At South Melbourne Market, sustainability is something the partners are passionate about and strive to reduce the environmental footprint and create a sustainable Market for future generations to enjoy. The Market continues towards a greener, more sustainable future with initiatives implemented throughout 2016-17
Every processing machine installed is purpose built and has the smallest footprint available, as well as being energy efficient and user friendly. Whilst Melbourne is in the middle of a warm dry spell we were first advised that the Market has a 500,000 litre rainwater tank which in a 'normal rainfall year' will fill and be emptied around two and a half times.
But good comes with bad; the 34 kW PV solar panel system installed on the roof of the car park, loves the sunshine, and has produced 48,580.67 kWh of energy, giving the Market a power reimbursement of approximately $6,000 per year, and an annual reduction of 59 tonnes of CO2 emissions.
Recycling organic waste
Vermicomposting Worm Farm Project:-
Green waste is taken to a worm farm, reducing green waste onsite by approximately 98%. The worms turn it into worm castings or vermicompost. This nutrient-rich vermicompost contains minerals and a highly active biological mixture of bacteria and enzymes that are beneficial to plant growth.
The Market now sells this, combined with mushroom compost as organic fertiliser called Market Magic. Market Magic is described as a garden fertiliser produced by earthworms fed on Market fruit & vegetable waste.
The Gaia Recycling Unit:-
The rest of the organic waste is collected and funnelled into a 1200 litre Gaia machine, improving landfill diversion by over 75%. This machine heats the waste, shreds it and activates a very fast fermentation and dehydration process, turning it into a dry product called SoilFood™ in just ten hours.
SoilFood™ is rich in concentrated nutrients and makes an excellent high-nitrogen, slow release plant fertiliser. Waste that is processed in the Gaia includes coffee grounds, fish offal, waste from restaurants and cafés, left over waste from customers, deli waste, bread, high acidic products such as citrus, pineapples, onions and more.
The Market is processing 8.4 tonnes of waste through the Gaia per week, equating to over 430 tonnes of waste per year diverted from landfill.
• Reduction of organic waste in landfill saving landfill space for other purposes and eliminating the anaerobic rotting of the waste which generates methane and leachate.
• Elimination of carbon emissions that result from transporting the waste to landfill.
• What was previously discarded as waste now has an environmental (soil) value.
• The economic payback from the process arises from the long-term reduction or elimination of fees for hiring skips or bins and paying landfill tipping fees.
• Completing the circle on food waste from South Melbourne Market – with nothing to landfill, benefits back to community and the earth.
In March 2018 the Market started recycling the mussel and oyster shells produced from the Market’s onsite seafood stalls and the Port Phillip Mussel & Jazz Festival.
From March to June 2018 the Market sent 11.8 m3 (3,245 kg) of shells to be used to restore new shellfish reefs in 2019, adding to the 1.5 hectares already restored since 2016. This is a project the Market is working on in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy.
The Market traders donated 32,146 kg of fresh food to SecondBite in the last financial year. This equates to over 64,000 meals to those in need from South Melbourne Market alone.
The biggest proportion of donations was fruit & vegetables making up 67% of the fresh produce donated. SecondBite works with over 1,200 community food programs across Australia to redistribute rescued food to those in our community who need it most.
Recycling packaging materials:-
HDPE Milk bottles:-
Bringing on-site partners on board happened when it was noticed the huge volume of empty milk bottles in the waste stream. A program was put in place so that all of the cafes delivered the empty milk bottles to the collection centre where they are crushed and baled. Due to some bottles having liquid residue a stainless steel compactor manufactured by Mil-Tek was installed.
The material is then sent for reprocessing and the Market has a commitment to install benches, seats made from recycled HDPE. We were also shown samples of water pipes being extruded from the recycle and being used to replace open earth irrigation channels. (In another life, some sixty years ago the writer supervised the loading of newly developed Hume Eslon plastic pipes for a south Gippsland sewage outflow).
An onsite crusher demolishes glass containers in the twinkling of an eye! The crushed glass is recycled into glass bottles while 20% of the recovered glass is used in road base & as a paint additive. The size of the crushed glass enables it to be sorted by colour using an optical process.
Approximately 10,800 litres of oil was collected from the Market in 2016-17. The majority of this gets turned into biodiesel which fuels the vehicles owned by the company that collects the oil.
All polystyrene boxes are compacted at the Market in a poly-compactor, and made into polystyrene bricks. This reduces the volume of polystyrene by 98%. The compressed bricks are collected and then melted and remoulded into different plastic products including CD cases, coat hangers, picture frames, toys, and office supplies such as pens, stapler bodies and rulers.
They are also utilised to manufacture wood alternative products such as interior decorative mouldings. Hollow foam blocks are produced that are then stacked and filled with concrete to form building walls. These walls are more sound proof and provide greater thermal insulation, making cooling and heating more efficient.
It was pointed out that throwing empty PS boxes into a skip could cost around $4.50 a kilogram at the landfill gate!
There are 2 common methods for recycling polystyrene. The first is a hot melt extrusion process, with the second being a cold press block machine. Each have their advantages in different applications.
The Market has three solar bins (Big Belly Bins). These bins are a self-contained compactor bin that reduces waste by compacting it. The bin can therefore hold 560 litres of rubbish compared to the same sized standard 240 litre public bins. The bins also provide real time status and data. The bin sends a message to the collector when it is ready to empty. The collection of the waste is significantly reduced by approximately 75%, saving both time and money. With a compacting ratio of 6:1 the reduction in landfill size is significant.
After exploring the secret passageways of the Market we assembled at one of the Cafes and were treated to a sumptuous morning repast. All but three members contributed to the ongoing recycling programs as they ordered milk based coffees. Any food that was not consumed will become SoilFood™ and assist in the growing of more food.
Keith Chessell FAIP on behalf of the Institute and attendees thanked the presenters for a most educational site visit, and handed over a plaque to commemorate the visit.
What the next venture of Vanden Recycling will be is something to look out for, or consider your needs. Based on what we learned it will be the end of a problem and the beginning of a solution.
All too often Accessible Packaging is not considered when designing products which in turn leads to unnecessary frustration when opening & closing packs, reading the ingredients and opening instructions on packaging. It is important that Packaging Technologists consider how their packaging design could affect someone’s ability to eat, drink and the flow on of wasting food.
Let’s be truthful about Sustainable Packaging Claims on-pack
With the 2025 National Packaging Targets significantly shifting the packaging design landscape in Australia, a critical element that is coming up short is truthful and accurate environmental claims on-pack. More than ever consumers are demanding brands to be honest about their sustainability journey including the choice of wording and logos on-pack.
Entries now open for PIDA awards 2020
Entries are now open until 14 February for the 2020 Australasian Packaging & Innovation Awards for Australia and New Zealand. The AIP, in conjunction with Packaging New Zealand, have designed the PIDA awards to recognise companies and individuals who are making a significant difference in their field in Australia and New Zealand.
As the peak professional body for packaging education and training in Australasia the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) is often asked to simply provide a list of the exact substrates and materials that should be selected for every product on the market to meet the sustainable packaging targets. The answer unfortunately is never that simple.
The AIP is pleased to advise that the Semester 1 intake is now open for 2020 Master of Food & Packaging Innovation with applications closing 30 November 2019. The Master of Food and Packaging Innovation is an inter-disciplinary degree that explores food processing, entrepreneurship and innovation in product and packaging design at an advanced level.
Mindsets have shifted over the last few years and globally consumers are now actively driving brands and their packaging departments to align their Sustainable Packaging Design to incorporate the 5R’s and to redesign with environmental impacts in mind. Packaging Technologists are being asked to re-consider the outcomes of their packaging design all the way across the supply chain.
The Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP); the peak professional body for packaging education and training in Australasia; is pleased to once again be joining the official partner program for PACK EXPO Las Vegas and co-located Healthcare Packaging EXPO 2019 (Sept. 23-25, 2019; Las Vegas Convention Centre).
Pierre Pienaar, Education Director for the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) and President of the World Packaging Organisation (WPO), recently received an appointment as Professor to the Sichuan University in Chengdu, China. Chengdu is the fourth largest city in China with a population of 17 million and is the capital of Sichuan Province.
Three Australian companies and one New Zealand company have achieved international recognition for their innovative and unique packaging designs in the prestigious WorldStar Packaging Awards for 2019. The winning companies include Caps and Closures for Precise Pour, ILNAM Estate for 8 Kangaroos, Lactote for POLATOTE and Radix Nutrition for their Foil Packaging Breakfast Pouch and were across three categories, Beverage, Food and Domestic & Household.
On-pack date related label is one of the most direct information carriers used in food industry to communicate specific product attributes with consumers. On one hand, it is regarded as an effective tool which can help consumers to make informed consumption decisions. However, on the other hand, it has been identified as one of the major factors that contributes to the problem of consumer food waste.
Winners announced for 2019 Australasian Packaging Innovation & Design Awards
The winners of the 2019 Australasian Packaging Innovation & Design Awards (PIDA) for Australia and New Zealand were announced at a gala dinner on the 30th of April at the SOFITEL Wentworth, Sydney. The PIDA Awards are the exclusive feeder program for the prestigious WorldStar Packaging Awards run by the World Packaging Organisation (WPO) with the 2019 PIDA winners automatically eligible for entry into the 2020 international competition.
Finalists announced for 2019 Australasian Packaging Innovation & Design Awards
Finalists have been announced for the 2019 Australasian Packaging Innovation & Design Awards (PIDA) which has been designed to recognise companies and individuals who are making a significant difference in their field across Australia and New Zealand.
The Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) has announced the winner of the tenth annual APPMA Scholarship program that entitles one lucky person to receive entry into a Diploma in Packaging Technology valued at $9,000. The winner is Janell Siek who sees that packaging is perhaps the most hard-working component of any product found in the retail space.
The use of life cycle assessment tools for sustainable packaging design
The Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) has created a new training course on ‘The use of Life cycle Assessment Tools for Sustainable Packaging Design’. This is aimed at providing an introduction and learning framework for packaging industry professionals to apply lifecycle thinking to their working contexts and includes an understanding of the reasons why lifecycle thinking is critical.
AIP announces finalists for 2019 AOONA scholarship
The Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA), in conjunction with the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP), are pleased to announce that there are three finalists for the tenth annual Scholarship program which will enable one lucky packaging technologist, designer or engineer in Australia the opportunity to complete a Diploma in Packaging Technology to the value of $9,000. The Diploma in Packaging Technology is a Level 5 qualification which is internationally recognised.
2019 AIP National Technical Forum Registrations are now open
The Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) confirms that on the 30th of April all of industry will have the opportunity to attend not one packaging educational event, but three. Starting the day with a Women in Packaging breakfast, followed by the biennial AIP National Technical Forum, then finishing with the gala Australasian Packaging & Innovation Design Awards dinner - this is a must-attend.
WPO Lifetime Achievement Award - Keith Chessell FAIP
The Australian Institute of Packaging is pleased to advise that one of its Life Members Keith Chessell FAIP has been recognised for his significant contribution to the packaging industry over the last 50 years with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the World Packaging Organisation.
2019 APPMA Scholarship now open: applications close 22 February 2019
The Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association, in conjunction with the Australian Institute of Packaging, are pleased to announce that submissions are open for the tenth annual Scholarship program which will enable one lucky packaging technologist, designer or engineer in Australia the opportunity to complete a Diploma in Packaging Technology to the value of $9,000.
PIDA awards introduce new special award category for accessible packaging design
The Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) and Packaging New Zealand are pleased to introduce a new Accessible Packaging Design category to the annual Packaging Innovation & Design Awards program. The Accessible Packaging Design Special Award is designed to recognise packaging that is accessible, intuitive, easy-to-open and innovative and is in partnership with Arthritis Australia and Arthritis New Zealand.
AIP helps educate Philippines packaging community
The Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) recently ran 3 new educational seminars on packaging for over 600 people at the inaugural ProPak Philippines trade show. Powered by ProPak Asia, ProPak Philippines was truly the first-of-its-kind food, drink and pharmaceutical focused international trade exhibition for the regions rapidly expanding processing & packaging industries.
One of the core objectives of the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) is to ensure that individuals are recognised for their significant contributions to the packaging industry. Dr Carol Kilcullen-Lawrence PhD, FAIP, CPP, National President of the AIP had the opportunity at the gala awards night on the 2 May to present five AIP Special Awards. The AIP Special Awards are not given often and are designed to recognise inspirational individuals who have contributed significantly to the packaging industry over many years.
2019 Packaging New Zealand Scholarship now open
Packaging New Zealand are pleased to announce that entries are now open for their annual Scholarship program for 2019. The annual Packaging Scholarship enables one lucky packaging technologist, designer or engineer in New Zealand the opportunity to complete a Diploma in Packaging Technology to the value of $9,000. The Diploma of Packaging Technology is offered through the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP); the peak professional body for packaging education and training in Australasia.
Australia & NZ Packaging Innovations recognised in 2019 Worldstar Packaging Awards
Three Australian companies and one New Zealand company have achieved international recognition for their innovative and unique packaging designs in the prestigious WorldStar Packaging Awards. The winning companies include Caps and Closures for Precise Pour, ILNAM Estate for 8 Kangaroos, Lactote for POLATOTE and Radix Nutrition for their Foil Packaging Breakfast Pouch and were across three categories.
2018 AIP Year in Review
With 2018 nearing an end, it is time to reflect on what was one of the most successful and action-packed years the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) has ever had in its 55-year history. We started the year by hosting the 2018 AIP National Conference, 2018 Packaging Innovation & Design Awards, 2018 WorldStar Packaging Awards, the 100th World Packaging Organisation Board Meeting and the inaugural Women in Industry Forum and we just kept going for the rest of the year. We have tried to highlight some of the key events and initiatives that the AIP undertook this year in this our final newsletter for 2018.
- Isabel Thomas
- Company News
- Created 08 Apr 2019
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