26 February 2021

With waste disposal costs set to rise, an ALLU Transformer bucket could save you both money and time.

Disposing of your waste is just about to become a lot more expensive. As of March 2019, Qld will be implementing a waste levy of $70 per tonne, increasing by $5 p/t every January until at least 2022.

This will impact not only the 90% of Queenslanders who live in the affected areas, but also NSW as well. NSW transported 912,000 tonnes of waste per year to Qld in 2016–17, with that amount rising since then. This is because the waste levy in Sydney is $141.70 per tonne, so while the Qld levy remains less than the NSW one, it is likely that the rubbish flow will continue. Just using the above figures means NSW waste costs will increase by over $60 million. A large portion of this is construction and demolition waste.

So what can you do about it? Follow Bob the Builder’s mantra: reduce, reuse, recycle.

There are now products that can help make your project more efficient and rather than allowing waste to become a cost, turn it into a profit stream instead.

One example is the ALLU Transformer bucket. With a range to suit everything from skid steers to loaders and excavators, the ALLU can process and reuse demolition waste on site. The ALLU Transformer bucket is a screening, blending, mixing, sorting and sieve bucket that in the right application can also be used for light crushing. It utilises a patented system of rotating shafts with blades, giving it unique features, says ALLU, such as being able to handle wet product and reduce particle size. The ALLU also does not require shaking of the machine (like a screening bucket), and hence has much greater control and is much safer for your machine, operator and surrounding environment, says the company.

It is common practice to remove fill from site, then to bring clean material back to achieve required compaction etc. This means you are paying $70/tonne in disposal costs, $2–$3/kilometre to run your truck to the waste facility, then you buy clean fill and again pay $2–$3/kilometre to bring product back to your site. This also involves considerable use of valuable time on your project.  

By using an ALLU Transformer bucket, you can process your existing fill on site, thereby eliminating most of the above costs. There are environmental benefits too, from reduced emissions and less waste products. Think of how many truck loads you can save if the product could be more compact, reducing the air space in each load?

If you consider that, you can possibly reduce the amount of trucks you have in your fleet. Therefore, by investing in an ALLU can have substantial rewards.

Levies have to be paid by somebody. There is no reliable estimate on the cost for Queenslanders, but extrapolating data indicates the state’s residents will be paying between $200–300 million. Some businesses might see this as a cost they simply pass on to their customers. Others will see this as an opportunity to re-think how they can run their business more efficiently, thereby containing costs, becoming more competitive to win more jobs, and increasing their profits.

For more information on the ALLU Transformers and what it can do for you, contact the dealer in your state, or visit www.rdw.com.au