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Your Drill Waste Requirements & Best Environmental Practice EPA Agreed

Got an RC drill program coming up?

As you know, part of your exploration license with the resource regulator, is the requirement to have a plan for your drilling waste.

At times, Plastic RC bags present the biggest pain in the neck!

Not a lot else you can do apart from take them to the tip, right?

What if a plastic bag could be created that would compost to nothing when buried...?

 

We want to see a plastic bag that miners can dispose of in the Waste Rock Dumps, as that is already a facility you have on site.

Hang on, I'm an explorer without a waste rock dump...

Well, we are proposing you place them into the sump and back fill over the top.

Either way, a simple solution using existing facilities/holes in the ground/waste dumps on site is needed.

One thing for sure is the you don't want to dig up a heap of plastic bags two years into the development of the mine pit.

That being the case, we are actively working on our Samplex™ Bio Plastic Bags.

We can assure you that within weeks or a few months, dependent on the activeness of the micro organisms, you will find no plastic below the surface.

 

Zilch.

Zero.

Nothing.

 

We want you to completely rest easy.

Now we want this practice to get the tick from the resource regulator and the Environmental Agency because the environmental outcome is good... and that's happening as we speak.

As they compost it’ll put goodness back in the ground and it’s not going to impact critters in the soil or groundwater.

Ok, this seems good, what's my local environmental agent going to say?

 

What the Environmental Agencies think right now.

Whenever there is a drill program it's a fair bit of work in the back end for your local Environment Agency deciding where your drill waste can go, who can take it, who can manage it and ensuring the the bag doesn’t become a problem. 

So what we now starting to see is that the Environmental Agencies are now starting to push back.

They are asking:

  1. How many bags are you going to have?

  2. Where are you going to put them? 

And particular in NSW, from our recent collaboration, the NSW EPA have a problem!

Council are telling them their quota is 5,000 tonnes for the year.

What happens?

The first greenfields or brownfields exploration program comes in and drops 4,500 Tonnes of it!

EPA think; 'Oh damn'

You've pretty much helped them fill their quota single handed and they have a massive headache.

Those guys are humans too.

If you can find a way to work with them, make their life easier, they'll find better ways to work with you.

  1. Faster approvals

  2. Smoother drill programs

  3. Build great relationships

The NSW EPA team are now pushing back and will make you go to the councils and get commitment from the council that they will take that waste, so it doesn’t sit there for 5-6 years.

There have been cases where EPA issued clean up notices because the farmers are going ballistic due the Explorer not having approvals in place to dispose of the bags.

Caught between a rock and hard place!

Or caught with rocks in plastic bags!

So is there a solution?

Good news, the future is very bright on this front.

In collaboration with the EPA and resource regulators we have been conducting live trials on sites across Australia this year.

It's a plastic bag that has all the good properties you need, plus it'll compost when buried.

First we didn't want it to compost too quickly, because you don't have to go back 6-8 months later to resample or rehab and the bottom fall out.

So here's a bag that's been sitting in the sun for 8 months at AngloGold Ashanti site in Kalgoorlie.

Been great working with Guy Boughton and team - forward thinking guys!

 

[Ignore the fact it's a white bag, the real product will be green with white panel,
like your used to - unless this needs changing?]

Happy to say, Stage 1 testing is very positive.


What's Next?

Well, here's the Vision for Plastic Bag Waste in the near future.!

You never have to take your bags to tip again eliminating waste removal fees and travel time.

One case study showed the mine traveled 80kms to closest tip to dispose of their waste.

Time is money.

What we are trying to do is dispose of them in the Overburden / Waste Rock Emplacements, this is already a facility you have on site.

What if Brownfields explorers could take your bags back to mine, get tick from the resource regulator and the Environmental Agency because the environmental outcome is good?

Or Greenfield explorers could dump them into the sump and back fill over the top?

As they compost it’ll put goodness back in the ground and it’s not going to impact critters in the soil or groundwater.

Even if you did continue to take it to landfill it’ll help waste break down.

Win win.

What we do know is that micro plastics blowing around the outback like confetti are not acceptable from an environmental or the pastoralist point of view.

What’s your environmental outcome and initiative?

Whatever state/territory you are in, the environmental agency will welcome this initiative because regardless it's far superior to the current situation.

Stage 2 being worked through now is:

How do they react when buried?

Field trials will continue, and we are shipping in bulk stocks, so if you are interested in being an early adopter be free to get in touch.

The question is not; Will they compost?

It's, How long will they take to compost?

The bags we are producing have already gone through rigorous testing and got the compostable certification to Australian Standards.

AS 4736 Seedling Logo

Having this logo guarantee's the bag will compost, it's your final and complete peace of mind.

If you don't see this logo, you are adopting an uncertified and unapproved practice.

Easy way to tell.

We are willing to bet that due to the availability and outcomes of this product, within the next 12-24 months, if standard 'non compostable' bags aren't banned we'll be very surprised.

We are witnessing a massive industry shift before our eyes, most likely forever.

     

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