Project summaries: 2016 Innovation in priority problem wastes management

Stream 1

OrganisationProject titleAmount $   

Downer EDI Works Pty Ltd

Street sweepings and road gully arising recovery facility

1,000,000

RDT Engineering

Mobile agricultural plastics recovery and processing

310,200

TES-AMM Australia Pty Ltd

Transforming electronic waste into innovative high value products

193,769

3 projects totalling

$1,503,969

Stream 2

OrganisationProject titleAmount $   

Australian Native Landscapes Pty Ltd

Composting engineered timbers

91,000

Sell & Parker Pty Ltd

Use of vibrating water tables to recover metal small fraction floc

166,700

The Crucible Group Pty Ltd

Novel pathway for resource recovery of problematic wood wastes

200,000

3 projects totalling

$457,700

Stream 1

Downer EDI Works Pty Ltd
Street sweepings and road gully arising recovery facility
$1,000,000 

Downer EDI Works is developing a long term recycling solution for waste generated from key road maintenance activities of street sweeping and stormwater pit cleaning. The solution uses a customised material screening and processing plant and innovative water treatment to recover over 60% of a waste stream that currently goes to landfill. The plant will be able to treat up to 40,000 tonnes per annum of road sweepings and gully waste.   The new facility is being installed adjacent to an existing asphalt plant so the recovered waste is re-used at the site in the manufacture of asphalt and road products.

RDT Engineering
Mobile agricultural plastics recovery and processing
$310,200

RDT will design, construct and operate a mobile, self-contained processing line which will travel to farms and collect used agricultural plastics. The processing equipment will clean, sort and bale the plastics ready for recycling.  This project will allow recovery of plastic products that are used in contact with soil or plant material, such as irrigation tape and film plastic mulch.  There will be no charge to farmers for this service, and it will be supported by an engagement process to make farmers aware of the opportunity and ensure maximum usage of the equipment.

TES-AMM Australia Pty Ltd
Transforming electronic waste into innovative high value products
$193,769

This project will enable TES-AMM to implement a proven innovative technology and establish an Australian first industry to transform and up-cycle electronic waste plastics and waste toner powder into polymeric briquettes. These briquettes will be utilised as a partial replacement of coke and an auxiliary source of iron oxide in the metallurgical industry. In addition, the project will establish a unique facility in Australia for manufacturing 3D printing filaments from e-waste plastic.

Stream 2

Australian Native Landscapes Pty Ltd
Composting engineered timbers
$91,000

This project seeks to test the hypothesis that the composting process can substantially degrade chemicals of concern within engineered timbers and render the end-product as a suitable material either for sale in their own right or to blend with other recycled organics products used for land application. This project will trial the bio-degradation of three treated timbers (MDF, plywood and particleboard) using the proven AS4454 composting process. If proved effective and efficient this process will provide a means to recycle approximately 125,000 tonnes of engineered timber currently landfilled. If successful this composting process could produce 100,000 tonnes of composted soil conditioner for use on farms to build soil organic matter and improve soil health.

Sell & Parker Pty Ltd
Use of vibrating water tables to recover metal small fraction floc
$166,700

This project will involve the development, testing and final design of a plant to recover metals from screened small particle (under 9 millimetres) shredder floc.  The plant will use the different relative specific gravities of materials and fluids to separate valuable metals from waste.  The final output from the study will be an engineered and costed plant to be constructed at Sell and Parker, Blacktown.

The Crucible Group Pty Ltd
Novel pathway for resource recovery of problematic wood wastes
$200,000

The project is designed to provide the evidence that materials such as particle board, MDF, painted and termite treated timbers, and plastics closely associated with timber products, can be safely processed to valuable products for industrial and agricultural applications.

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