Project summaries: Major resource recovery infrastructure program

2017 awarded projects

OrganisationProject titleAmount $
Affective Services Australia Pty Ltd Canterbury Road construction and demolition recycling facility 2,000,000
Albury City Council AWMC C&I and C&D MRF 2,021,947
Polytrade Recycling Sydney glass beneficiation plant 4,999,039
Polytrade Recycling Plastics processing plant 4,999,173
Remondis Australia Pty Ltd Kurnell Resource Recovery Facility 5,000,000
Tyrecycle Pty Ltd St Marys rubber crumb and granules facility 1,500,000
6 projects totalling $20,520,159

2014 awarded projects

OrganisationProject titleAmount $
BioCoal Group Pty Ltd Earthcare SRF manufacturing facility 2,645,000
Dial-A-Dump (EC) Pty Ltd Geneses Xero Waste C&I Plant 5,000,000
Doyle Bros Doyle Bros C&I materials recovery facility 1,000,000
Newcastle City Council Summerhill C&I dirty MRF 1,937,500
PGM Refiners Pty Ltd NSW next generation e-waste recycling facility 1,050,000
Relivit Holdings Ltd Relivit recycling resource recovery project - Nowra 1,300,000
ResourceCo RRF Pty Ltd ResourceCo Processed Engineered Fuel (PEF) facility 5,000,000
7 projects totalling $17,932,500

2013 awarded projects

OrganisationProject titleAmount $

Boral Cement Limited

Boral Berrima cement kiln alternative fuel

4,084,821

Global Renewables Australia

Eastern Creek UR-3R facility RDF circuit and expansion

5,000,000

Great Lakes Council Tuncurry Resource Recovery Park

1,000,000

Kimbriki Resource Recovery Centre KEE - landfill resource recovery facility

1,175,000

OneSteel Recycling Project advantage: Hexham stage two

2,000,000

Shellharbour City Council

Dunmore resource recovery redevelopment (R3)

2,050,250

Veolia Environmental Services (Australia) Pty Ltd

Camellia Recycling Centre

5,000,000

7 projects totalling

$20,310,071

2017 Project summaries

Affective Services Australia Pty Ltd
Canterbury Road construction and demolition recycling facility
$2,000,000

This project will construct a 180,000 tonne per annum construction and demolition recycling facility.  The facility located in Kembla Grange will process mixed and source-separated construction and demolition waste into a range of recycled products including aggregate, manufactured soil and mulch.  The facility is expected to achieve a recovery rate of 88 per cent of the incoming material.  The facility has full development approval and this project will assist in completion of earthworks, construction of a warehouse building for additional processing and product manufacturing and purchasing of processing equipment to enable the facility to fully commence operations. The facility will help boost much needed recycling infrastructure in the Illawarra region.

Albury City Council
AWMC C&I and C&D MRF
$2,021,947

This project will enable council to build a dry commercial and industrial (C&I) and construction and demolition (C&D) recycling facility to achieve an increased throughput and recovery rate. This infrastructure will expand the tonnage and range of materials recovered, whilst also providing environmental, social and economic benefits, including achieving the region's ambition of halving waste to landfill. The facility is designed to receive and process both types of waste

Polytrade Recycling
Sydney glass beneficiation plant
$4,999,039

Polytrade will construct a glass beneficiation facility in Sydney. The plant will receive glass from domestic and commercial recycling collections, which has been separated from mixed recycling streams at material recovery facilities. The inputs will be mixed broken glass, which will be processed into saleable products: 8 to 50mm colour sorted glass, 3-8mm colour sorted glass and 0-3mm mixed glass. Currently, glass from material recovery facilities is being stockpiled due to increasingly stringent buyer requirements, lack of beneficiation facilities and competition from imports. This plant will create products with robust local markets, and ensure post-consumer glass in NSW is recycled.

Polytrade Recycling
Plastics processing plant
$4,999,173

Currently, plastics recovered by material recovery facilities in Australia are exported to China for re-processing. However, China has announced it will prohibit the import of recycled plastics, unless they are in the form of clean, separated, pelletised resins. This leaves Australian material recovery facilities without a market for separated plastics.  Polytrade will install equipment that sorts, washes, flakes and extrudes mixed plastics at their existing material recovery facility at Rydalmere. This new equipment will process mixed plastics into pelletised clean resins that can be sold to local markets, and as a backup market, also meet the strict new criteria for export to China.

Remondis Australia Pty Ltd
Kurnell Resource Recovery Facility
$5,000,000

Remondis and Breen Resources are entering into a joint venture to build a resource recovery facility at Kurnell, within the Southern and Eastern Sydney catchment. The facility has been designed to recover a range of commodities from the light dry waste fraction that is currently landfilled. The facility will recover burnable materials with high calorific value to be exported and used in cement kilns as a substitute for fossil fuels. The non-burnable material will be off taken by Breen to produce other recycled landscaping and building products.

Tyrecycle Pty Ltd
St Marys rubber crumb and granules facility
$1,500,000

Tyrecycle will build a new facility to process 12,000 tonnes per annum of waste tyres into rubber crumb and granules. There are no existing crumb or granule manufacturing facilities in NSW. Crumb and granule manufacturing allows reuse of a valuable resource resulting in good environmental outcomes for NSW. Tyrecycle has national operations processing 23 per cent of tyres that reach end of life in Australia each year. The proposed project will enhance capacity for processing tyres in NSW as Tyrecycle's current NSW capacity is insufficient, given the strong demand for crumb and granule end products and an increasing generation of end of life tyres.

2014 Project summaries

BioCoal Group Pty Ltd
Earthcare SRF manufacturing facility
$2,645,000

BioCoal will develop a new facility in the Newcastle region to recover up to 28,000 tonnes of organic material from kerbside residual waste each year. This facility will produce a product with high carbon content, suitable for use in the steel industry.

Dial-A-Dump (EC) Pty Ltd
Geneses Xero Waste C&I Plant
$5,000,000

Dial-A-Dump will establish a new $20 million facility in Blacktown with the capacity to process 455,000 tonnes of mixed commercial and industrial waste each year. The facility will initially process around 126,000 tonnes a year, and expects to ramp up processing volumes year-on-year.

The project will recover materials to be processed for a 'higher and better' use including plastics, metals, timber, paper and cardboard. Once an energy from waste facility is available, Dial-a-Dump intend to eventually recover up to 89 per cent of all waste processed at this facility.

Doyle Bros
Doyle Bros C&I materials recovery facility
$1,000,000

Doyle Bros will establish a new material recovery facility in Fairfield to process around 17,000 tonnes of dry commercial and industrial waste each year. This facility will achieve 70 per cent recovery by expanding its current paper and cardboard recycling operations to also recover mixed metals and plastics. This project will initially divert around 11,900 tonnes per annum of material from landfill. The residual waste may be turned into a refuse derived fuel suitable for generating energy, once an energy from waste facility becomes available.

Newcastle City Council
Summerhill C&I Dirty MRF
$1,937,500

The City of Newcastle currently landfills between 50,000 and 70,000 tonnes of solid waste each year from commercial and industrial (C&I) sources. The City of Newcastle will establish a new specialised facility to manage mixed waste including food waste. It is expected to recover over 19,500 tonnes per annum (around 28 per cent) of dry recyclables from this material, such as paper, cardboard, metals and plastics.

PGM Refiners Pty Ltd
NSW next generation e-waste recycling facility
$1,050,000

PGM Refiners will establish a next generation e-waste recycling facility in Western Sydney. This facility will recycle over 13,800 tonnes of e-waste each year, processing challenging materials such as flat panel displays and safely managing products containing hazardous mercury.

Relivit Holdings Pty
Relivit recycling resource recovery project - Nowra
$1,300,000

Relivit will construct and operate a $10.9 million facility to process up to 30,000 tonnes of absorbent hygiene waste each year, including nappies and adult hygiene products. This facility will recover plastic, paper fibre and super absorbent polymers to be sold into large existing markets. Markets include animal litter, wood substitute and plastic commodity markets.

ResourceCo RRF Pty Ltd
ResourceCo Processed Engineered Fuel (PEF) facility
$5,000,000

ResourceCo will develop a new facility at Eastern Creek with capacity to recover 110,000 tonnes of dry mixed commercial and industrial waste each year. The facility is expected to achieve 95 per cent diversion from landfill, recovering metals and timber, as well as over 57,000 tonnes of refuse derived fuel for use in energy generation.

2013 Project summaries

Boral Cement Ltd
Boral Berrima cement kiln alternative fuel
$4,084,821

Boral will replace 20 per cent of the coal it currently uses at its Berrima cement works with waste timber and tyres to generate energy. Using technology that is already being successfully applied in cement manufacturing in Europe, the $9.2 million project will have a built recycling capacity of 80,000 tonnes a year, turning wood and chipped tyre waste into an alternative fuel and reducing emissions by 34,000 tonnes a year. The upgrade involves installing plant and machinery to feed the refuse derived fuel (RDF) to the kiln as well as modifications to the exhaust system. Boral's Berrima cement works supplies around 60 per cent of the state's demand for cement, mainly for use in concrete. It contributes around $60 million a year to the NSW economy and directly employs 130 people.

Global Renewables Australia
Eastern Creek UR-3R facility RDF circuit and expansion
$5,000,000

Global Renewables will build a new refuse derived fuel (RDF) facility at its Eastern Creek UR-3R site to turn the residual waste that is currently landfilled into an alternative fuel. The new facility, along with other elements of the project, will increase recycling capacity at the site by 40,000 tonnes a year. Further upgrades include covering the compost maturation area and increasing heavy metals recovery. The facility currently employs 80 people and processes 220,000 tonnes of household kerbside waste a year, recovering more than 65 per cent. Nine more full-time jobs will be created once the new RDF facility is up and running, in addition to jobs created during construction.

Great Lakes Council
Tuncurry Resource Recovery Park
$1,000,000

The closure of Tuncurry landfill will see its transformation as a resource recovery park to boost recycling and reduce the amount of waste being sent to the Minimbah landfill that will replace it. This project involves the construction of a waste transfer station at Tuncurry which will enable incoming waste to be separated and sorted to maximise recovery, including scrap metals, household recyclables, appliances and second-hand building materials, tyres and landscape supplies. The existing 'Tip Shop' will also be expanded to increase reuse and sale of reusable items. The new facility will have a built recycling capacity of 7,000 tonnes per annum.

Kimbriki Resource Recovery Centre
KEE landfill resource recovery facility
$1,175,000

The Kimbriki Environmental Enterprises (KEE) landfill resource recovery facility will divert a further 14,000 tonnes of waste from landfill each year by boosting the capacity to recover even more household and business waste coming to the site. The project consists of three components. A small vehicle drop-off centre enabling people to hand unload self-sorted recyclables, including materials that can be reused and resold at the Buy Back Centre. A small vehicle waste transfer station, enabling drivers to unload small loads of mixed waste for further sorting, and a large vehicle drop-off and mechanised waste sorting facility to pre-sort mixed waste using mobile machinery, followed by automated and manual extraction of the valuable resources that can be reused or recycled. Once operational, the upgrades are expected to generate 16 full-time jobs.

OneSteel Recycling
Project advantage:  Hexham stage two
$2,000,000

Steel currently accounts for 75 per cent by weight of the recovery from cars, whitegoods and other metals fed into OneSteel Recycling's Hexham shredder. In this project, the remaining component called shredder floc will be processed to remove the non-ferrous metals saving approximately 20,000 tonnes of waste going to landfill each year.

Shellharbour City Council
Dunmore resource recovery redevelopment (R3)
$2,050,250

The Dunmore resource recovery redevelopment consists of two phases which when completed, will enable 75 per cent of the waste received at the site to be diverted from landfill, amounting to 243,000 tonnes over 20 years. This funding will support phase one of the project involving an upgrade to the existing transfer station and the charity-run Revolve Centre. Phase 2 proposes an enclosed organics processing facility for food and garden waste.

Veolia Environmental Services (Australia) Pty Ltd
Camellia recycling centre
$5,000,000

Veolia's Camellia Recycling Centre will be Sydney's first purpose-built facility to recycle commercial and industrial (C&I) waste. It will process up to 150,000 tonnes of non-putrescible waste from business and industry each year, tapping into advances in technology to recover 50 percent of the recyclable material from a mixed waste stream. The $22.4 million project will recover paper/cardboard, metals, aggregates, plastics and timber and have the capacity to produce refuse derived fuel (RDF) suitable for future energy from waste generation.

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