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Resource Recovery for a Sustainable Fuel Source

Previously non-recyclable waste material can now be recovered and turned into an energy source with Cleanaway ResourceCo.

Recovering resource to fuel the future

The Cleanaway ResourceCo Resource Recovery Facility (RRF) is an onshore facility in Wetherill Park, NSW, that processes dry, non-recyclable waste that would otherwise go to landfill – to produce an alternative fuel source.

Cleanaway ResourceCo RRF can convert up to 250,000 tonnes of raw material waste into 150,000 tonnes of eco-friendly fuel each year, and recover other commodities such as metal, clean timber and inert materials in the process.

The facility takes dry commercial, industrial and demolition waste and residential hard waste, like timber and hard plastic, and produces process engineered fuel, or PEF. PEF is used in cement kilns to replace coal. PEF reduces reliance on fossil fuels such as coal and gas and the RRF is expected to replace more than 100,000 tonnes of coal usage per year.

Over 90% of the dry waste delivered to the RRF is processed into PEF, approximately 7% is sorted as recycling, like steel, and 3% is residual waste that goes to landfill.

Key features

Benefiting domestic industry and communities:

  • Contracted to supply PEF to major cement kilns
  • Complies with Australian Governments Clean Energy Regulator Emissions Reduction Fund
  • Providing a landfill diversion option for previously unrecoverable waste

What is accepted?

Cleanaway ResourceCo RRF accepts:

  • Plastic
  • Timber
  • Textiles
  • Cardboard and paper
  • Construction and demolition waste
  • Hard waste from residential collections

Does not accept:

  • Asbestos
  • Hazardous chemicals
  • Municipal Solid Waste
  • Contaminated soils
  • Explosives
  • Poisons
  • Radioactive waste
  • Medical waste
  • Pharmaceutical waste
  • Organics
  • Wet waste
  • Liquid waste
Industries served
Commercial
Industrial
Government/Local Council
Waste streams
Commercial, industrial and residential hard waste
Construction and demolition waste
Non-recyclable plastics, textiles and timber waste

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