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Cleanaway’s new Perry Road super site in Dandenong South

Cleanaway’s new Perry Road super site in Dandenong South

Resource Recovery

July 10, 2019

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Cleanaway’s Perry Road Office and Collections Depot in Dandenong South was officially opened last Thursday 4 July 2019 at an event attended by over 150 staff, stakeholders and key customers.

Pictured from left to right: Cleanaway CEO and Managing Director Vik Bansal and General Manager Solid Waste Services VIC/TAS Clete Elms

The event began with a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony performed by Wurundjeri Elder Perry Wandin followed by an opening speech and official opening ceremony by CEO and Managing Director Vik Bansal.

Covering an area of 53,000 square meters, the Perry Road Office and Depot is a consolidation of Cleanaway’s business and operational teams, including the Victoria Post Collections leadership team, Commercial and Industrial and Municipal collections’ business, sales, administration, finance and fleet teams.

The open plan office layout accommodates over 300 staff, and provides spacious working areas, training rooms, changerooms, lunchrooms and amenities for Cleanaway drivers.

The site also houses a 20-bay workshop facility designed for safe work, vehicle compliance, and maximum productivity of our fleet, with paved parking areas for 164 collection vehicles and our new electric vehicle fleet. The site is also equipped with fuelling stations with 100,000 litre capacity, and automatic truck and parts washing bays.

Bringing together our administrative and operational teams from across Greater Melbourne is a key step forward to serving our customers better and making a sustainable future possible for communities across Australia.

Cleanaway’s new Hillsdale Depot launched in NSW

Cleanaway’s new Hillsdale Depot launched in NSW

Resource Recovery

July 2, 2019

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Director of City of Sydney David Riordan, joined Cleanaway CEO and Managing Director, Vik Bansal and Solid Waste Services (NSW/ACT) General Manager David Clancy to launch Cleanaway’s new Hillsdale depot this June.

The new facility will support the City of Sydney’s domestic waste needs as part of Cleanaway’s seven-year contract to provide waste and recycling services. Cleanaway will also be working closely with Council to help residents improve landfill diversion and recycling rates through our award-winning education team.

Pictured from left: Cleanaway CEO and Managing Director Vik Bansal and Director of City of Sydney David Riordan.

The launch event started with local elders Aunty Donna and Les Daniel leading a Welcome to Country ceremony. This was followed by a Smoking Ceremony where Les had all guests walk through the smoke as a ceremonial gesture to signify new beginnings.

Director of City of Sydney David Riordan spoke about how the facility supports targets outlined in the Council’s Sustainable Sydney 2030 Strategy. Sustainable Sydney 2030 is a set of goals designed to help the city to become as “green, global and connected as possible by 2030” by transforming the way communities live, work and play.

Also in attendance were City of Sydney’s Project Sponsor, Cathy Price, along with Cleanaway partners (Bucher, Mercedes-Benz, Hino, and Stillwell Trucks) who supplied 25 brand new trucks – all fitted with Cleanaway’s Cleanaview technology.

Contact us to find out more about how we help councils and communities make a sustainable future possible across Australia.

Footprint 2025: 2019 and beyond

Footprint 2025: 2019 and beyond

Resource Recovery

February 14, 2019

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In 2017, Cleanaway launched Footprint 2025, our roadmap to ensure Australia has the right infrastructure in place to support growing communities to manage their waste while maximising resource recovery.

In 2019, we remain committed to meaningful partnerships with government, business and the community to invest in the right facilities and technology to deliver on our mission. Here we summarise some of the highlights from the first half of this financial year.


South East Organics Facility


In November, our South East Organics Facility opened in Dandenong South, Victoria. The facility is designed to process over 100,000 tonnes of food organics and garden organics (FOGO) each year, servicing kerbside FOGO collections across South East Melbourne. With the addition of the depackaging unit, we can now separate food waste from it’s packaging to recover even more valuable organic material for reuse.


Eastern Creek Container Sorting Facility


Cleanaway’s Container Sorting Facility in Eastern Creek opened in November 2018. It processes containers collected through the NSW Container Deposit Scheme and is home to a sophisticated and highly automated optical sorting line. This state-of-the-art facility is capable of sorting, baling and distributing up to eight tonnes an hour of high-quality recyclables including aluminium, steel, PET, HDPE and liquid paperboard.


Erskine Park Transfer Station


Cleanaway’s new Erskine Park Transfer Station (TS) uses cutting edge sorting technology to divert up to 40% from landfill. Material that comes into Erskine Park will be sorted to collect all recyclable commodities and the residual dry waste will be diverted to Cleanaway ResourceCo’s Resource Recovery Facility at Wetherill Park (RRF). RRF converts the material to Processed Engineered Fuel – a sustainable fuel source that can be used as a substitute for coal.


Container Refund Scheme, Queensland


From 1 November 2018, Cleanaway successfully commenced logistics, processing and refund point services as part of the Queensland Container Refund Scheme, (CRS). Areas of Cleanaway operation include Greater Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Hervey Bay and Cairns. The successful mobilisation of 26 new vehicles, over 35 employees and a multitude of new equipment and facilities was a credit to the entire Cleanaway pre and post implementation teams.


The Resource Recovery Innovation Alliance (RRIA)


Cleanaway and Brisbane City Council (BCC) officially launched the Resource Recovery Innovation Alliance (RRIA) at Brisbane Landfill. In addition to providing waste haulage services with a fleet of 18 new High-Volume-Side-Tippers and Rear-Ejector trailers, Cleanaway manages four Resource Recovery Centres for BCC as well and Brisbane Landfill.

Twelve months of planning by the Qld Solids team to coordinate more than 85 assets and 80 staff culminated in a tremendously successful mobilisation and we have now successfully processed more than half a million customers through our sites and recovered over 50,000 tonnes of recycling from landfill.


Packaged organics trial


In Adelaide, South Australia, the team piloted a front lift packaged organics service that delivered substantial diversion from landfill for recyclable food organics. Reducing general waste weights by 15% and averaging 400kg collection per 3m3 bin, the success of the trial means the front lift packaged organics service can be rolled out to commercial customers across the state.


Welshpool Transfer Station


The new Welshpool Transfer Station in Perth opened 7 January after a short commissioning period before Christmas. The transfer station is designed to accommodate 130,000 tonnes per annum, a 30,000 tonne per annum premium to the existing Bayswater operation. Drivers are now accustomed to the unmanned traffic management system, which offers superior turnaround time to past operations. Safety has also seen considerable improvement in terms of yellow gear – truck/driver interaction, with Operators able to override the automated rapid shutting doors to ensure exclusion zone adherence. The site is now exiting the second stage of the project focused on resource recovery plant and equipment.


Soil Processing Facility upgrade


Our Sydney Soil Processing Facility completed an upgrade that increased the capacity of the facility. The facility is licensed to store and process hazardous soils and can process up to 700 tonnes per day.

Cleanaway is committed to serving you better through our investment in Australia’s resource recovery infrastructure. Our team of more than 5,500 highly trained staff are supported by a fleet of almost 4,000 specialist vehicles, working from a network of more than 250 locations nationwide, equipped and ready to process more recyclables so that as little residual waste as possible is left to be disposed of.

Contact us to learn more about our mission to make a sustainable future possible for every sector, industry and community.

What is a landfill?

What is a landfill?

Resource Recovery

January 10, 2019

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Landfills are an essential component of Australia’s waste management system – providing a final disposal solution for waste that cannot be recovered.


What are landfills?


A modern landfill is a highly engineered and regulated pit in the ground that is divided into “cells”. Each cell is carefully engineered to maximise compaction and eliminate potential environmental impacts.

These cells are filled with waste that cannot be recycled including:

  • putrescible waste from municipal collections
  • commercial and industrial waste
  • construction and demolition materials

Certain landfills are licensed for particular waste types, for example not all landfills accept putrescible waste and some are licensed to accept hazardous material like asbestos, while others are not.


How are landfills built?


Cleanaway engineers design cells with six- or seven-layers of lining to protect the environment surrounding the landfill. These layers protect the ground surrounding the cell. Sumps are used to collect liquids that are produced as the waste decomposes. This liquid is called leachate.

The gas produced as the waste breaks down can be collected to generate energy. Here’s how we’re turning landfill gas to power 28,700 homes in Melbourne.


How is odour managed?


The odours produced by landfills are the result of gases produced by decomposing waste. At Cleanaway, we manage landfill odour through a variety of proactive measures, including:

  • Maintaining adequate soil cover at the active landfill cell
  • Daily site inspections, which include the site boundaries and landfill surface to quickly identify and resolve any issues
  • Installing gas wells to turn landfill gas into energy
  • Utilising portable gas monitors to track air quality
  • Shutting down the site when extreme weather appears, such as strong winds


What happens when a landfill reaches capacity?


When a landfill reaches capacity, it is “capped” and rehabilitated, to be turned into green spaces such as parks and community grounds. These will be maintained for up to 30 years after capping.


What are landfill levies?


A landfill levy is a tax applied to the tipping fee to incentivise waste generators to reduce general waste and increase diversion through recycling. Learn more here.


Why are landfills necessary?


Landfill meets a critical infrastructure need – to deal with the residual waste produced by businesses and households. This waste is projected to increase as populations grow and with current consumer behaviours.

Even with improved recycling rates, there is a need for residual waste to be managed safely and effectively.

The planning, approval and call-in process gives local residents and interested parties the opportunity to make submissions in relation to the proposal for a landfill, and operators are required to meet a number of regulatory requirements as part of the process.

Importantly, local residents have every opportunity to learn about the application and how the site will work.


Why is landfill diversion important?


All waste is a resource and every effort should be made to maximise value throughout the product life cycle. Through our network of state-of-the-art facilities like the Perth Material Recovery Facility (MRF), the Cleanaway ResourceCo Waste to Processed Fuel plant in Wetherill Park and the new Erskine Park Transfer Station, our goal is to optimise landfill diversion by recovering more material.

It’s all part of our Footprint 2025 roadmap to ensure that Australia has the right infrastructure in place to support communities in managing their waste.

Contact us to learn more about how we make a sustainable future possible by working hand in hand with communities, government and businesses for resource recovery.

Cleanaway’s new South East Organics Facility in Dandenong South

Cleanaway's new South East Organics Facility in Dandenong South

Resource Recovery

December 17, 2018

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Cleanaway CEO and Managing Director, Vik Bansal, recently opened Cleanaway’s state-of-the-art South East Organics Facility (SEOF) in Dandenong South.

The facility will sort, decontaminate and shred more than 100,000 tonnes of Food Organics and Green Organics (FOGO) waste each year, servicing kerbside FOGO collections across South East Melbourne.

SEOF is another investment in Cleanaway’s Footprint 2025 Strategy – a roadmap to maximise resource recovery and ensure that Australia is set up for sustainable waste management well into the future.


A closed loop solution

Decontaminated and shredded FOGO waste will be repurposed into nutrient-rich compost, to be beneficially reused. Our partner, Gippsland Water have an EPA licensed facility in Duston Downs – Soil Organics Recycling Facility (SORF) – that will take the organic product, and through a combination of in-vessel and open windrow processing, pasteurise and mature the material to a high-grade compost.

Stringent testing ensures the compost meets Australian Standards (AS4554) before the product is batched and dispatched to a distributor, Gibsons Groundspread. This compost is known as the “REVIVE Recycled Compost”. Over 1000 tonnes per week of compost is produced and distributed to improve soil health across the local agricultural industry.

SEOF key features

  • More than 100,000 tonnes per annum capacity
  • 24-hour licence
  • Long range RFID automated inbound and outbound weighbridges
  • Fixed camera system with real-time monitoring of incoming material, processing floor and out load area
  • Three customer unloading bays
  • 465KL fire tank on site
  • LED lighting throughout the site
  • Internal construction specifications: push walls 450mm thick and load out walls 450mm thick
  • Early Suppression Fast Response (ESFR) fire system across the processing area
  • 24/7 thermal imaging platform and three stage notification
  • 2700m2 floor space

Contact us to find out more about how we support communities and businesses in making a sustainable future possible.

Cleanaway’s Erskine Park Transfer Station launch

Cleanaway’s Erskine Park Transfer Station launch

Resource Recovery

December 14, 2018

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Cleanaway’s new waste transfer station opened today in Erskine Park, marking another milestone on our Footprint 2025 journey. The facility combines traditional waste transfer with cutting edge sorting facilities to recover more material and optimise landfill diversion.

The Erskine Park Transfer Station (TS) will separate recyclable materials from the waste stream to be managed as a commodity, and residual dry waste will be diverted to Cleanaway ResourceCo’s Resource Recovery Facility at Wetherill Park (RRF). RRF converts the material to Processed Engineered Fuel – a sustainable fuel source that can be used as a substitute for coal. Erskine Park TS is expected to divert up to 40% from landfill.

The Erskine Park TS and Cleanaway ResourceCo RRF were financed by the Australian Government’s Clean Energy Finance Corporation, which invests in a diverse range of projects to cut greenhouse gas emissions across the economy, including better waste management.

With a licenced capacity of 300,000 tonnes per year of mixed and putrescible waste, the facility is located in the key growth areas surrounding the M7 / M4 corridors, and is perfectly positioned just minutes from the site of Sydney’s second airport at Badgery’s Creek.

Cleanaway’s Footprint 2025 is a strategic investment in prized infrastructure in targeted locations to connect waste management capabilities and maximise resource recovery.

Erskine Park TS key features:

  • State of the art odour management technology
  • Automated traffic control system to minimise turnaround times for vehicles upon entry
  • Electronic tagging system (RFID) for frequent customers to minimise waiting times
  • Adjacent to Cleanaway’s operating dry landfill, located to the rear of the waste transfer station

Erskine Park TS accepts commingled and dry commercial and industrial (C&I) waste including:

  • General Solid Waste – Putrescible
  • General Solid Waste (non putrescible)
  • C&I (business/commercial/industrial mixed dry waste)
  • C&D – construction and demolition
  • Timber
  • Metals

Erskine Park TS does not accept:

  • Dangerous / Flammable goods
  • Medical waste
  • Hazardous waste / Chemicals
  • Asbestos
  • Soils
  • Explosives
  • Poisons
  • Radioactive materials
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Liquid waste
  • Tree stumps
  • Power poles
  • Mattresses

Find out more about our Footprint 2025 roadmap to get the right infrastructure in place to manage Australia’s waste sustainably.

Cleanaway Somersby Depot Open Day 2018

Cleanaway Somersby Depot Open Day 2018

Resource Recovery

December 7, 2018

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Over 400 residents attended Cleanaway Somersby Depot’s Open Day to celebrate National Recycling Week 2018. For families, kids and garbo fans, it was the perfect opportunity to get up close with our Cleanaway trucks while learning about recycling and sustainability.

Young garbo fans attending a front lift truck demo.

Truck enthusiasts as young as three years old lining up for a go at the driver’s seat.

Sustainability Manager Rebecca Evered’s children looking adorable with their mini bins and Mr Yellow, the mascot.

Remember Tycen, one of our garbo truck superfans? Here he is, pictured wearing his own creation – a Cleanaway Garbo Fan shirt.

A Cleanaway team member posing with Mr Yellow.

Prizes were on hand for those who recycled right on the recycling quiz.

A big thank you to everyone who made the event a success!

Council Representatives – Jodi Brown, James Lawson and Glen Pestell

From Cleanaway – Tony Davidson, Angelo Combatti, Rebecca Evered, Edward Santos (as Mr Yellow!), Danielle Walker, Denise Huirua, Jason Oxley, John VanLaar, Leesa Hajduck, Ann Reeves, Yanni Willis, Joanne Hill and drivers Michael Skillicorn, James Hinton, Josh Eastburn, Simon Lowery and Ian Hankinson.

Mark Tildesley and the Cleanaway North Wyong Depot for supplying two commercial vehicles and drivers for the demonstration.

The Somersby depot workshop team who set up the trucks, ensured the yard was clean and safe, and assisted with the cleaning up after.

Cleanaway’s Footprint 2025: Where we stand

Cleanaway’s Footprint 2025: Where we stand

Resource Recovery

August 16, 2018

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In 2017, Cleanaway unveiled Footprint 2025, our roadmap to ensuring Australia has the right infrastructure in place to support communities in managing their waste, while continuing to improve resource recovery.

One year on, Cleanaway’s CEO Vik Bansal remains committed to meaningful partnerships with government, business and the community to deliver on our mission. “We’re looking at what Australians expect from us in the handling of their waste and how we can put the right infrastructure in place to sustainably deal with that waste by 2025.

“For too long waste has been a forgotten industry – so many of us have been guilty of ‘putting out the garbage’ and thinking no more of it. China’s acceptance of our recycled commodities has created an artificial supply chain and has led to complacency, but the landscape has changed and as a society we need to seriously rethink our approach.” said Vik.

Vik passionately believes in the potential for all waste to be turned into resource, despite recent challenges in the global markets. “China’s announcement earlier this year that they would no longer accept lower quality recyclable commodities has thrown a spotlight on our industry and the sustainable handling of waste in general. In the long term, we will think ourselves lucky this happened.

“It presents an exciting opportunity to raise the profile of waste and elevate the role it plays in making a sustainable future possible for Australia.” Vik explained.

In the last three years, Cleanaway has invested in our future footprint, including the recent acquisition of Toxfree and Daniels Health. Through our investment in infrastructure and partnerships with industry, Cleanaway is now the largest waste management company in the Asia Pacific and are primed to leverage our reach, technology and expertise to serve our customers better.

Here are just a few of the major infrastructure and technology capabilities within Cleanaway’s network:


Location of Cleanaway ResourceCo RRF, Wetherill Park on a map

Cleanaway ResourceCo Recovery Resource Facility, Wetherill Park

A joint venture with ResourceCo, this facility extracts high quality recyclables from dry commercial, industrial and residential hard waste. Leftover items which cannot be viably recycled are turned into a high-quality process engineered fuel that can power Australian industry while reducing reliance on fossil fuels.


Liquids (Technical and Environmental Facility), Narangba location on map

Liquids (Technical and Environmental Facility), Narangba

Cleanaway’s Narangba site is home to a state-of-the-art facility that allows us to recycle hard-to-recycle waste. Here, Plascon and indirect thermal desorption (ITD) technologies are used to treat waste such as PFAS (per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances), hydrocarbons and other hazardous liquids.


Karratha Liquid Waste Treatment Plant

Karratha Liquid Waste Treatment Plant

Cleanaway’s Karratha Hydrocarbon facility deals with a large variety of liquid waste streams, from industrial wastewaters to hydrocarbon impacted brines. This Toxfree facility supports Cleanaway’s existing hydrocarbon facilities, allowing us to offer a cost-effective recycled fuel oil alternative to raw material.


Daniels Health Robotic Wash, Dandenong

Daniels Health Robotic Wash, Dandenong

Daniels Health’s Robotic Wash facility is engineered to provide the highest levels of safety, environmental sustainability and decontamination for the Daniels Sharpsmart system. This facility delivers around 1.2 million reusable sharps containers a year, diverting almost 3,500 tonnes of plastic waste from landfill annually.


BluBox Recycling Plants in New South Wales & Victoria

With Toxfree in the Cleanaway family, our BluBox plants in New South Wales and Victoria automatically processes large quantities of e-waste in a faster, safer and more efficient way compared to traditional methods. These facilities allow us to divert over 4,000 tonnes of next generation e-waste from landfill every year.


Erskine Park Transfer Station

Erskine Park Transfer Station

Cleanaway is building on our success at the Erskine Park Landfill with a new transfer station, designed to manage waste generated by New South Wales’ growing population.


Perth MRF

Material Recovery Facility, Perth

The Perth MRF sets a new standard in recycling for Australia. This facility is equipped with state-of-the-art optical sorting technology and the capability to sort up to eight waste streams instead of the usual three to four. It can process up to 50 tonnes of material in less than an hour and can recycle up to 234,000 tonnes of material annually, which includes up to 53,000 tonnes of paper and cardboard, 7,300 tonnes of plastic, and 1,000 tonnes of aluminium and metals each year.


Hemmant Recycling and Resource Recovery Centre

Our Hemmant facility allows us to recover packaging waste in the Brisbane and Gold Coast metro areas, ensuring that cardboard, paper, polystyrene and soft plastics such as shrink wrap and pallet wrap are recycled efficiently and given a second life.


Read more about our integration with Toxfree and Daniels Health and how Cleanaway remains committed to serve you better through our combined presence.

Contact us today for more information about our services and how we can help you achieve your sustainability goals.

Paper or plastic? Which is better for the environment?

Paper or plastic? Which is better for the environment?

Resource Recovery

August 7, 2018

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Plastic is in the spotlight as policy-makers around the world escalate legislation against indiscriminate consumption of single use items. The UK are looking to take their environmental agenda beyond plastic bag bans by removing plastic straws, cotton buds and stirrers from retailers, and companies like McDonald’s are set to replace plastic straws with paper in September.

In Australia, ABC’s War on Waste has called attention to the #StrawNoMore movement, taking aim at single use plastic straws in its latest series.

As the conversation shifts towards paper as an alternative to plastic, people are asking “Which is better for the environment – paper or plastic?”. Rather than focusing on consumption alone, what questions should we be asking about the sustainable production of materials?

Paper is a renewable resource but takes more energy to make

Paper is made from raw wood from trees, which are a renewable resource when grown sustainably. It’s argued to be a preferable alternative to plastic because it’s biodegradable, compostable and recyclable.

Plastic is made from fossil fuels such as coal, natural gas and crude oil, all considered to be non-renewable resources. Plastic can take thousands of years to decompose while paper degrades naturally within a decade.

Products that are ‘natural’ may seem like a better choice but paper bags actually have a greater environmental impact than high-density polyethylene plastic bags because of the production process and the amount of material needed per bag.

Paper requires four times as much energy and three times the amount of water to produce compared to plastic. It’s also heavier and bulkier, so more fuel and trucks are needed for transport.

The other downside of paper is its bulk – while it doesn’t take more than a few years to break down, it does take space, another reason why it should be recycled instead of being sent to landfill.

Plastic is not the problem, what we do with it is

Plastic is a lightweight, durable and versatile material, and is less resource-intensive to produce than paper. This means that plastic is potentially more reusable than paper, takes up less space in general waste and has a lower environmental impact from the manufacturing process.

When carelessly discarded, plastic litters our streets, waterways and oceans, causing serious harm to wildlife and this is where the problem lies. Just like paper, plastic is recyclable when properly collected and sent to recycling facilities without contamination. Although this usually means that lesser-quality material is produced after each recycling cycle, the bottom line is recycling diverts waste from landfill and the environment.

Every household and business can reduce impact

Every product – paper, plastic or otherwise – has an environmental impact. Households and businesses can collectively reduce their impact by avoiding single use products wherever possible and replacing them with reusable alternatives.

For businesses that produce a lot of paper, cardboard or plastic waste, sorting these materials at the source with specific waste streams is the best way to maximise their recovery for recycling – and to reduce the volume in your general waste bin.

Our dedicated cardboard recycling service is a great way to divert waste from landfill while reducing the weight and cost of general waste collection. For many businesses, a secure document destruction service is the key to safely and sustainably disposing of confidential paper waste, records, contracts, tenders, files, or other printed materials.

Source separation like this creates a high-quality commodity that is vital to the circular economy where recycled material is used to make new products.

Big business can make a big difference

Larger businesses can optimise product design and packaging to be recyclable at the end of its useful life. By building sustainability into the supply chain, manufacturers stimulate domestic demand for recovered materials, create more investment, more jobs, and ultimately, recover more materials – also known as a triple bottom line.

In a landmark move, Unilever Australia has announced that at least 25 percent of its product packaging will come from post-consumer recycled plastic. Unilever will use recycled HDPE plastic from local council recycling bins for bottles of its brands such as OMO, Dove, Surf and Sunsilk. The program will recirculate approximately 750 tonnes of recycled plastic each year – equivalent to more than 100 million plastic bags.

The announcement comes on the heels of Unilever’s global commitment to design all its plastic packaging to be fully reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025 and to use at least 25% recycled plastic packaging by 2025.

Clive Stiff, CEO Unilever Australia & New Zealand called for key stakeholders to participate in the shift towards a circular economy – “As a consumer goods company, we are acutely aware of the consequences of a linear take-make-dispose model and we want to change it. We are proud to be taking this step forward, but no business can create a circular economy in isolation. Creating a local market and demand for all types of recycled plastic is critical and heavy lifting is needed from all players involved – suppliers, packaging converters, brand owners, policy makers and retailers, collectors, sorters and recyclers. We need a complete shift in how we think about and use resources.”

Australia has set the target of making packaging 100% reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025 with the support of the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) while organisations such as the Australian Council of Recycling (ACOR) continue to work closely with governments to improve recycling and resource recovery.

Contact us to find out more about our paper, cardboard and plastic recycling services.

Paper and plastic not a concern for your home or business? Find out more about other waste streams including food waste and e-waste and how you can make a difference in the War on Waste.

Australia’s Largest Waste to Fuel Plant opens in NSW

Australia’s Largest Waste to Fuel Plant opens in NSW

Resource Recovery

July 31, 2018

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Federal Environment and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg will today unveil a new state-of-the-art resource recovery facility at Wetherill Park in Sydney – the largest of its kind in Australia.

The multi-million dollar resource recovery and Process Engineered Fuel (PEF) plant, developed by leading Australian company ResourceCo, and owned in a joint venture with Asia Pacific’s largest waste management, industrial and environmental services company, Cleanaway, will directly contribute to shifting Australia to a more sustainable energy model.

Chief Executive Officer Sustainable Energy at ResourceCo Ben Sawley says the new plant will divert up to 50-thousand truckloads of waste from landfill, while also reducing reliance on fossil fuels such as coal and gas.

“It will replace over 100,000 tonnes of coal usage per year alone and will take the equivalent of 20,000 cars annually off the road in terms of greenhouse gas emissions,” Mr Sawley says.

“We’re committed to playing a key role in Australia’s future sustainable energy mix, by reducing waste and lowering carbon emissions through production of a commercially viable sustainable energy product,” he says.

Cleanaway’s customer base and waste supply in NSW will help to drive volume to the facility, recovering even more waste from landfill.

The Wetherill Park plant is licensed to receive up to 250,000 tonnes per annum of dry commercial and industrial and mixed construction and demolition waste, recovering commodities such as metal, clean timber and inert materials, with the balance converted into PEF.

“The plant will transform waste from selected non-recyclable waste streams that would otherwise go into landfill into a baseload energy source, known as PEF,” Mr Sawley says.

PEF is used as a substitute for fossil fuels in both domestic and offshore markets in the production of cement.

The new Wetherill Park plant, providing employment for 50 people, will predominantly supply Boral, Australia’s largest construction material company, with PEF for its Berrima cement kiln, as a substitute for coal. The remainder will be exported to ResourceCo’s Asian business.

The plant adds another leading, high-tech facility to ResourceCo’s suite of 22 plants across Australia and SE Asia, having been at the leading edge of innovation in resource recovery for 25 years.

“The opportunity to tap further into this market is huge and it makes good sense, both environmentally and economically,” Mr Sawley says.

Cleanaway Chief Executive Officer Vik Bansal says this is an important new resource recovery solution in New South Wales that creates a landfill diversion option for commercial and industrial, residual recycling, and some construction and demolition waste.

“Investment in resource recovery and innovative waste to energy solutions is essential to making a sustainable future possible, and one of the ways we’re delivering on our Footprint 2025 strategy,” Mr Bansal says.

The project was supported by loan funding from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation. It also gained grant funding from the NSW Environment Trust, as part of the NSW EPA’s waste less, recycle more initiative, funded from the waste levy.

The technology is also eligible for Australian Carbon Credit United (ACCUs) due to its diversion of biomass waste from landfill.

About ResourceCo

ResourceCo is one of Australia’s leading environmental services companies. It has grown from a one-person operation in 1992, to over 700 staff operating in 22 locations in Australia and South-East Asia. ResourceCo has long-term partnerships with multi-national groups such as SUEZ, Lafarge and in Australia with Adelaide Brighton Cement.

From its early days as a concrete crushing business, ResourceCo has expanded as an integrated resource recovery business and in 1998 developed a dedicated mixed waste processing operation that resulted in recycling concrete and asphalt. Working with SUEZ and Adelaide Brighton Ltd, ResourceCo developed Australia’s first PEF manufacturing plant in 2006.

The company recycles more than 95 per cent of incoming materials while processing over two million tonnes of materials annually.

About Cleanaway

Cleanaway is Australia’s leading total waste management, industrial and environmental services company. For more than 50 years we have supported Australian industry, business, government, communities and households – delivering a comprehensive range of solutions that not only offer extraordinary benefits for our customers, but for our communities and generations to come. In 2018, we welcomed Toxfree and Daniels Health into the Cleanaway group, further extending our service capability.

Listed as one of the top 100 companies on the ASX, (ASX: CWY), our team of more than 5,500 highly trained staff are supported by a fleet of almost 4,000 specialist vehicles, working from a network of more than 250 locations around Australia.

Our mission is to make a sustainable future possible. We see all waste as a resource and use our facilities and processes to transform it into valuable commodities for every sector, industry and community.