Organics Infrastructure – Stream 4 Product Quality - grant project summaries

This program stream (stream 4) funds infrastructure to raise the quality of recycled organic materials.

Project summaries

In the 2019 round the Environmental Trust did not approve any projects for funding.

In the 2018 round the Environmental Trust approved 7 grants, totalling $2,382,319.


Organisation Project title Amount $

Australian Native Landscapes Pty Ltd

ANL Badgerys Creek Laboratory Upgrade

169,961

Australian Native Landscapes Pty Ltd

Blayney Decontamination

370,204

Australian Native Landscapes Pty Ltd

Cooranbong Compost Granulating Unit for high product quality

461,768

SOILCO Pty Limited

Equipment and software to improve and monitor product quality

98,405

SUEZ Recycling & Recovery Australia

Camden Decontamination

475,331

SUEZ Recycling & Recovery Australia

Eastern Creek Decontamination

472,831

Topsoil Organics Pty Ltd

Platinum AS4454 Compost

333,819


7 projects totalling

$2,382,319

Australian Native Landscapes Pty Ltd

ANL Badgerys Creek Laboratory Upgrade – $169,961

This project involves a major laboratory facility upgrade at ANL's Badgerys Creek facility which will underpin the analytical capability of the entire ANL manufacturing and commercial sales divisions. The upgrade will provide the capability to undertake all chemical and microbiological analysis required to meet the current requirements of testing to the NSW EPA Guidelines for disposal and use of biosolids, the Australian Product Quality Standards AS3743, AS4454 and AS4419, and the current Agricultural Soil testing undertaken for agricultural clients prior to providing a compost supply application rate and quotation. In-house analytical capability will help ANL improve the consistency and quality of their full product range and agronomic technical support capability.

Australian Native Landscapes Pty Ltd

Blayney Decontamination – $370,204

This project will install equipment to decontaminate food and garden organics at the Blayney Organics Processing facility, resulting in high quality mulch and compost. The objective is to produce end-products that are virtually contaminant free. The proposed equipment is a state of the art one-pass solution to decontamination of organic materials.

Australian Native Landscapes Pty Ltd

Cooranbong Compost Granulating Unit for high product quality – $461,768

This project will install equipment to create high-value, granulated compost-fertiliser products.  Pelletised products have reduced transport and spreading costs. They can be spread, planted or broadcast using standard and routinely available equipment and when used ‘down the chute’ deliver a targeted organic matter-fertiliser input exactly where it is required. This project will provide the missing infrastructure to efficiently deliver composted organics to broadacre agriculture and intensive horticulture markets.

SOILCO Pty Limited

Equipment and software to improve and monitor product quality – $98,405

SOILCO has compared oversize materials generated from the composting of source separated food and garden organics (FOGO). SOILCO has found that increased diversion of FOGO has led to additional contamination in the organics waste stream. This project will purchase wind sifting equipment and magnetic drums to reduce the quantity of soft plastics and metal contamination in compost, improving quality. SOILCO will also upgrade its internal laboratory to expand quality testing. The purchase of compost manufacturing software will allow greater efficiencies in manufacturing and job costing and allow greater analysis of compliance testing.

SUEZ Recycling & Recovery Australia

Camden Decontamination – $475,331

The SUEZ Camden Decontamination project involves the installation of a pre-sort decontamination line to improve end-product quality. Camden Organics Resource Recovery Facility receives garden organics from metropolitan kerbside collections with a current contamination level of 7 to 8 percent. The purpose of this project is to remove most of the contamination prior to pasteurisation, maturation and final product screening and blending. The result will be a higher quality garden organics compost suitable for the urban amenity market and high value bagged, domestic retail products.

SUEZ Recycling & Recovery Australia

Eastern Creek Decontamination – $472,831

The SUEZ Eastern Creek Decontamination project involves the installation of a pre-sort decontamination line to improve end-product quality. Eastern Creek Organics Resource Recovery Facility receives garden organics from metropolitan kerbside collections and small commercial operators with a current contamination level of approximately six percent. The purpose of this project is to remove most of the contamination prior to pasteurisation, maturation and final product screening and blending. The result will be a higher quality garden organics compost suitable for the urban amenity market and high value bagged, domestic retail products.

Topsoil Organics Pty Ltd

Platinum AS4454 Compost – $333,819

Topsoil Organics will source commercially available composted food organic and garden organics from facilities across NSW and further process it to produce a refined platinum grade compost. Operating in Forbes, Topsoil Organics will make the platinum grade compost for widescale use across agriculture markets in Central West New South Wales. 

In the 2017 round the Environmental Trust approved 7 grants, totalling $1,873,090.


Organisation

Project title

Amount $

Australian Native Landscapes Pty Ltd

Cooranbong decontamination for high product quality

480,360

Australian Native Landscapes Pty Ltd

Kimbriki decontamination unit

480,360

Coolamon Shire Council

Coolamon local government area organics processing improvement project

97,565

JR Richards & Sons AirVac separation of oversize product and contaminants 56,626
Remondis Australia Pty Ltd Port Macquarie Organics Resource Recovery Facility - Product Quality 92,136
Shoalhaven City Council Shoalhaven shredded garden waste product and process improvement 188,645

WormTech Pty Ltd

Let's grow with it

477,398

7 projects totalling

$1,873,090

Australian Native Landscapes Pty Ltd

Cooranbong decontamination for high product quality – $480,360

This project will install equipment to decontaminate and process oversize stockpiles of organic waste into high-quality biofilter material, mulch and fine-grade mineralised compost. Each fraction will be virtually contaminant free. The proposed equipment is a state-of-the-art one-pass solution to decontaminate organic materials.

Australian Native Landscapes Pty Ltd

Kimbriki decontamination unit – $480,360

This project will install equipment to decontaminate existing oversize stockpiles and compost into high-grade biofilter material, mulch and fine-grade mineralised compost. Each fraction will be virtually contaminant free. The proposed equipment is a state-of-the-art one-pass solution to the decontamination of organics materials, and will set a new industry benchmark for decontamination.

Coolamon Shire Council

Coolamon local-government area organics processing improvement project – $97,565

Coolamon Shire Council will upgrade its existing waste-management facility to increase the quality of compost generated from its organics processing operation. This project will also increase the efficiency of the current process by using improved infrastructure, employing additional council staff, and being able to process green waste currently going to landfill. Coolamon Shire Council introduced the food organics and garden organics bin service within Coolamon in 2012 and extended the service to Ganmain in 2015. The project has been received well by the community and in the future it will expand to include additional townships in the local-government area.

JR Richards & Sons

AirVac separation of oversize product and contaminants – $56,626

This project will introduce an AirVac separation system at 2 in-tunnel composting facilities (South Grafton and Molong), which service kerbside food and garden organics from Clarence Valley Shire and Orange City council. The AirVac separation system is transportable between both facilities and can easily be integrated with the current set up. It will reduce the need for re-screening process and achieve greater capture of contaminants and oversized product, to produce higher-quality output and support local applications.

Remondis Australia Pty Ltd

Port Macquarie organics resource recovery facility – product quality – $92,136

Remondis is under contract with Port Macquarie Hastings Council to operate the Caincross Organics Resource Recovery Facility. The facility has an annual capacity of 50,000 tonnes, with inputs being food organics and green organics, mulch and biosolids. The outputs are primarily sold as 2 products: less than 15 millimetres and 15–40 millimetres. Remondis has identified a trend of increasing light plastics in the incoming material stream: to cope with these increased contamination levels, a wind shifter will remove additional light plastic contaminants and improve product quality.

Shoalhaven City Council

Shoalhaven shredded garden-waste product and process improvement – $188,645

Shoalhaven City Council strives to improve its pasteurised garden organics product by purchasing a mobile rotary screen and implementation of quality assurance processes. These processes are tailored to suit the council’s and community’s needs for high-quality pasteurised garden organics distributed at a low cost.

WormTech Pty Ltd

Let’s grow with it – $477,398

Our project is about increasing the quality of our end-product from a soil-conditioner grade to a compost grade that meets Australian Standard AS-4454 (2012). Improving our processes by using a trommel screen to screen our end-product before delivery, and a more efficient windrow turner to improve aeration and capacity, will ensure we can secure markets in our region for agricultural application. The upgrading of compacted pads will also help improve our marketing capabilities and give customer confidence that our products are of high quality and do not contain contamination.