Project summaries - 2013 Resource Recovery Facility Expansion and Enhancement program

2013 Resource Recovery Facility Expansion and Enhancement
OrganisationProject titleAmount $
Australian Native Landscapes Pty Ltd ANL Tea Gardens organics recycling facility

400,000

Global Renewable Australia Eastern Creek UR-3R facility metals recovery and clean-up

250,000

Handybin Waste Services Upgrade glass plant to improve capacity and product quality

100,000

Newcastle City Council Summerhill small vehicle receival centre expansion

1,000,000

SITA Australia Pty Ltd Enhancement of the Chullora commercial and industrial material recycling facility

1,000,000

SITA Australia Pty Ltd Enhancement of SITA's alternative waste technology facility to divert alternative waste technology residues from landfill

1,000,000

TES-AMM Australia Pty Ltd Enhancements to Villawood electronic waste recycling facilities

206,482

Visy Recycling Recovery of commodities and refuse derived fuel feedstock from material recycling facility/mill waste

1,000,000

Upper Hunter Shire Council Scone recovery centre expansion

240,675

9 projects

TOTAL

$5,197,157

Australian Native Landscapes Pty Ltd
ANL Tea Gardens organics recycling facility
$400,000

ANL will expand and enhance its Tea Gardens facility to process 12,000 tonnes per annum of additional wood waste currently destined for landfill. ANL will source pallet waste, timber offcuts, fence palings, selected tree waste and other wood waste streams from regional transfer stations, landfills, waste management facilities and private businesses.

Global Renewables Australia
Eastern Creek UR-3R facility metals recovery and clean-up
$250,000

New machinery at the Eastern Creek facility will extract and clean more than 2,500 tonnes of metals a year from mixed household waste, creating a high value product for recycling and reuse. The existing equipment at the facility extracts metals primarily to protect the machinery as it processes and sorts waste for composting or plastic, paper and glass recovery. The metals have been too low grade for sale and reuse and are currently sent to landfill. This project will increase the amount and improve the quality of metals recovered and thus reduce the amount being sent to landfill.

Handybin Waste Services
Upgrade glass plant to improve capacity and product quality
$100,000

This project will upgrade equipment at the Coffs Harbour glass recovery plant which will: (1) improve the efficiency of the glass crushing process; (2) produce more recycled product each day; and (3) ensure more glass waste is available to replace natural resources like beach or river sand. The equipment will take more contaminants out of the glass before it reaches the crusher, including paper and ferrous metals, speeding up the crushing process, improving the quality and helping to divert an extra 113 tonnes of residue waste from landfill each year. Glass is sourced from community bottle banks and household yellow-lid bins in Coffs Harbour, Bellingen and Nambucca with the end product being able to be used for road making, drainage and pipe-laying.

Newcastle City Council
Summerhill small vehicle receival centre expansion
$1,000,000

A 2,000 square metre undercover tipping floor will be built to receive mixed household and dry commercial and industrial waste brought to the site in small vehicles. New unloading bays and sorting equipment will make it easier to separate recyclable materials for reuse, including paper, cardboard, consumer packaging, plastics, timber and metals. A baling station capable of compacting a variety of recovered materials will be co-located in the extended undercover area helping to boost the amount of materials recovered for recycling and reuse, rather than landfilled by 600 percent.

SITA Australia Pty Ltd
Enhancement of the Chullora commercial and industrial material recycling facility
$1,000,000

SITA will install new mechanical sorting equipment at its Chullora material recycling facility to process an extra 20,000 tonnes of business recyclables each year. The facility currently sorts and processes glass, paper, plastics, aluminium and steel from household kerbside yellow bins. Additional mechanical sorting equipment will enable the existing facility to process and segregate dry commercial and industrial waste for reuse.

SITA Australia Pty Ltd
Enhancement of SITA's alternative waste technology facility to divert alternative waste technology residues from landfill
$1,000,000

SITA Australia Pty Ltd have declined the offer of funding, and withdrawn this project.

This project seeks to improve the facility's performance by installing purpose-built succession of mechanical sorting equipment, including shredders, conveyors and, balers and magnetic separators that can recover plastics from the residual waste and turn them into pellets which can be used to make new plastic products or as fuel for energy from waste generation. The technology upgrade is expected to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill from the site by 80 percent, based on modelling from similar equipment used at other SITA facilities. 

TES-AMM Australia Pty Ltd
Enhancements to Villawood electronic waste recycling facilities
$206,482

The expansion and enhancement of recycling activities in the TES-AMM Villawood facilities will increase capacity by an estimated 460 percent and open up new opportunities for electronic waste recycling in Sydney for products such as televisions, batteries, mobile phones and printer cartridges. New conveyor, shredding and automated sorting equipment will speed up processing to improve efficiency and enable the facility to handle and recycle locally many products that currently get sent to Melbourne or overseas for processing or simply end up in landfill.

Visy Recycling
Recovery of commodities and refuse derived fuel feedstock from material recycling facility/mill waste
$1,000,000

The funding will pilot opportunities to make better use of the 45,000 tonnes of residual waste recovered from recyclables at the Smithfield material recycling facility and paper mill, to process further and turned into fuel for energy. New equipment such as conveyors, shredders and bailers will be installed to harness fibre, plastic, metals, glass and a refined feedstock to be turned into refuse derived fuel. The upgrade will test and demonstrate the commercial potential for the technology and the end-product, with a view to rolling out to other Visy sites.

Upper Hunter Shire Council
Scone recovery centre expansion
$240,675

This project aims to establish a resource recovery shed to facilitate segregation of materials for reuse or recycling. An ‘opportunity shop’ is proposed to be incorporated to provide an employment opportunity, recover re-usable items and raise the community's awareness of better waste management practices. The new building and equipment will replace the current outdoor unsealed drop off area where residents drop off sorted garden waste and recyclables.

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