Held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from 23-24 August, the Australian Waste & Recycling Expo (AWRE) is a leading expo dedicated to the waste, recycling and resource recovery industry, including a strong line-up of technology and solutions for the manufacturing industry.

The two-day event will bring the sustainability and waste management industry together to discover the latest waste and recycling trends, showcase new innovations, attend high-quality practical seminars and network with key waste and recycling decision makers from both industry and government.

First held in 2010, AWRE attracts more than 1,500 attendees from across Australia, New Zealand, Asia, the UK and North America who are looking for innovative ways to collect, sort and process waste from the municipal, commercial and construction sectors. AWRE also features more than 120 industry exhibitors who are available to offer hands-on experience with the latest product releases and deliver on-stand demonstrations.

“Showcasing innovation is a key focus of AWRE,” says Andrew Lawson, AWRE Event Manager. “In previous years we have had a range of exhibitors unveiling products and services that address waste and recycling.

“We have certainly noticed a change in recycling trends, with smart businesses adapting to be able to survive and thrive on the global stage. Many are now also broadening their scope, diversifying into new streams like e-waste.”

While AWRE encompasses the entire spectrum of waste management, it includes an impressive line-up of exhibitors specialising in the area of waste and recycling in the manufacturing sector.

Applied Machinery Australia

Applied Machinery Australia is one of Australia’s largest and most respected dealers of new and used machinery for the sheet metal, engineering and plastics industries. At AWRE 2017, Applied Machinery will be showcasing its range of Genox Vision series of single-shaft shredders (see box). Applied Machinery also supplies the Polystar range of repelletising lines, for the recycling and reuse of industrial film waste. While the Polystar machines are too large to be physically on display at AWRE, the Applied Machinery team will have plenty of useful resources to share with visitors.

Telford Smith

For over 70 years Telford Smith has bought and sold a huge range of new and used machinery and equipment for the recycling, extrusion and moulding industries worldwide. Two new, innovative products the company will be exhibiting at AWRE include Orwak TOM 1040 and Orwak Connect Plus.

Holding up to seven times more waste than a conventional waste bin, the TOM 1040 compacts the waste before the bag is full and needs to be changed. Thanks to a built-in sensor, it can tell when there’s a low traffic period (30 minutes or more without anyone approaching). During that time, the TOM 1040 compresses the trash and keeps it compacted. This allows the trash to begin breaking down and increases the overall amount of waste the bin can hold. A modem-based communication system enables the TOM 1040 to send you an SMS text or email when the bin is full or the TOM-units need maintenance.

Designed for Orwak’s baler range, Orwak Connect is a modem-based communication service enabling the baler to send a message for full bale or if the machine requires maintenance. The built-in-scale is based on four load cells connected to a display, which shows the current bale weight (the load in the chamber). The data is transferred to the portal where the user can view the weight of every single bale produced by the baler in a specific period of time.

SKALA Australia

SKALA Australia will be exhibiting an extensive range of solutions at AWRE 2017. In 2016, SKALA unveiled the All Metal Separator (AMS), which is manufactured by UK recycling specialist BlueMac. The AMS can either complement stationary recycling plants or be used as a standalone unit for onsite separation at facilities such as organics processing or demolition sites.

The AMS is designed to separate ferrous and non-ferrous metals from diverse feed materials – including municipal and commercial organics streams. The AMS consists of a vibratory pan feeder discharging onto a rare earth magnetic drum separator. The ferrous material moves around the drum and is deposited onto a conveyor for discharge. The remaining feed material continues along a belt to an eddy current separator. Any non-ferrous material is propelled over a barrier onto a second conveyor and again discharged at the side of the machine. The machine is designed to create two dividends – a non-ferrous and ferrous resource stream, as well as a high-quality end product free of contaminants.