Toby Terlet has been working in the waste industry for over 21 years covering most facets of the Waste, Water and in more recent times Waste to Energy (WtE) divisions. He first started his career in Adelaide, South Australia managing Veolia’s Business Development / Sales divisions with the overall P/L responsibility of the regional areas from Mt Gambier through to Port Lincoln. In 2006 he moved to an ‘Australian first’ role as the Business Development Manager – Resourceco SA driving growth within the Alternative Fuels business and ensuring efficiencies across operations and maintenance inline with the company expectations.
Toby moved back to Veolia in 2010 as the Group Strategy & Development Manager SA/NT, where his key responsibilities were to develop state based strategic plans to identify growth areas and opportunities consistent with Veolia’s overall aims and requirements of the organisation. Through this growth phase, he successfully implemented the 34 billion Ichthys waste management contract in Darwin and shortly thereafter became the NT General Manager in 2013.
Between 2015 and 2019, Toby was responsible for managing the largest single municipal treatment contract in Europe – Birmingham Tyseley UK Contract. This General Management position consisted of approx 250 people, managing the transport and treatment of 500k tonne of waste a recyclates, 50k tonne MRF, Clinical Incinerator, Street Sweeping Recycling plant and 2 x 250k tonne landfills.
This international WtE experience provided a lot of insights of how Energy from Waste plants work and quickly raised some of the non contractual influences which was ‘not written on the tin’. His current role as the Project Director – Kwinana O&M is an exciting opportunity to use past international experience and learn from global experts to successfully deliver Australia’s first Waste to Energy facility in Perth WA.
KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Energy Recovery Facilities: What’s not written on the tin
Early 2015, Toby Terlet accepted a role as the General Manager of the Birmingham municipal treatment contract. This was the largest treatment contract in Europe at the time, processing over 500k tonne of waste and recyclates for the City of Birmingham (CoB). The 25 year contract covered the overall management of a; 1 x 350k tonne Energy Recovery Facility (ERF), 5 transfer stations, 1 x medical incinerator, street sweeping plant and a 50k tonne MRF. His role expanded over time to include 2 x 250k tonne landfills in the Midlands region.
During the initial discussions late 2014, The Tyseley ERF facility was a stable and reliable contract maintaining 92% availability over the past 23 years. In early 2015, major issues with the three biggest items on an ERF, generator, turbine and the transformer, combined with CoB industrial action, heavy snow and a declining national public sector budget all created the perfect storm.
These challenges were successfully negotiated resulting in a 5-year contract extension for Veolia in early 2019. This wouldn’t have been possible if the Veolia Birmingham team didn’t proactively working through the challenges with CoB to further cementing the successful long standing partnership.