Resource recovery solutions that made a difference in 2019

We shine a spotlight on Cleanaway’s resource recovery milestones this year, from investments in infrastructure to the latest capabilities and innovations.

Resource Recovery

December 9, 2019


Electric collections vehicles, investment in resource recovery infrastructure, energy-from-waste proposal, improved recycling outcomes and more


Electric collections vehicles, investment in resource recovery infrastructure, energy-from-waste proposal, improved recycling outcomes and more

With the new year fast approaching, it’s a good time to reflect on the progress we’ve made towards a sustainable future and take stock of what more must be done to achieve our mission. From the launch of our electric vehicles to significant expansions in resource recovery infrastructure, here are Cleanaway’s 2019 milestones.


1. Electric vehicles in Victoria and WA
Cleanaway marked a turning point in the company’s history when we welcomed our very first fully electric kerbside collections vehicles in Victoria last May, and Western Australia in October. These zero emissions vehicles reduce carbon footprint and noise levels on the road without impacting service levels.


2. Welcoming the SKM team to the Cleanaway family
In November, we welcomed 130 new team members from SKM Recycling Group at our newly operational Laverton and Derwent Park Material Recovery Facilities (MRF). The acquisition included two MRFs, a Plastics Recovery Facility (PRF) and two transfer stations in Victoria, and an MRF in Tasmania. The Coolaroo, Hallam and Geelong sites are on track to be fully operational December 2019. Over the coming months Cleanaway will look to optimise operations at the sites, which will result in an increase in the capacity of recyclable materials that can be processed and production of higher quality commodities for sale in local and global markets.


3. Western Sydney Energy and Resource Recovery Centre
In October, we launched a plan for an energy-from-waste facility that uses safe and proven technology to turn general waste into electricity to power Western Sydney homes. The proposed facility would offer a recovery opportunity for residual red bin waste that cannot be recovered higher up the waste hierarchy, helping reduce waste to landfill by up to 500,000 tonnes each year while powering up to 65,000 homes.


4. Making a safe, sustainable future possible with Cleanaway Daniels
Following Daniels Health joining the Cleanaway family in May 2018, we were proud to introduce Cleanaway Daniels – the new brand for our healthcare services that reflects our expanded offerings. Our full suite of industry-leading healthcare waste solutions offer our customers a total waste management solution that is tailored to healthcare facilities without compromising on safety.


5. Closing the loop on sharps containers through ASP Group
In March, Cleanaway completed a strategic acquisition of the ASP Group, a healthcare services and plastics manufacturing business in Western Sydney, bringing together two of Australia’s market leading, and highly complementary, medical sharps waste businesses.
ASP Group manufactures high quality sharps containers onshore at St Mary’s in Western Sydney. This allows us to review the full supply chain of medical containers supplied to the Australian market and explore new ways to close the loop on plastic waste.


6. Accessible waste management solutions through Cleanaway’s new website

We launched our new website in August, designed to make it quick and easy for our customers to find tailored waste management solutions through a highly visual layout. The new site has shortcuts for customers who know exactly what they want or detailed information for customers who may not know what service is right for them or require a range of services.


7. Recovering food from packaging
Our South East Organics Facility (SEOF) in Dandenong South was complemented with a new depackaging unit at the beginning of the year to recover more food waste from packaging. Our food depackaging unit is able to process large volumes of food waste packaged in aluminium, plastic, liquid paperboard and cardboard (up to 10 tonnes per hour). This means that up to 99% of nutritious organic material can be recovered efficiently and reused to produce high quality mulch and soil conditioners, creating a truly closed loop solution for food waste. SEOF is capable of sorting, decontaminating and shredding more than 100,000 tonnes of Food Organics and Green Organics (FOGO) waste each year.


8. Hillsdale Depot in NSW
Opened in June, the new depot supports the City of Sydney’s domestic waste needs and its Sustainable Sydney 2030 Strategy through our fleet of 25 brand new trucks, all fitted with Cleanaway’s in-truck monitoring and reporting system, Cleanaview. Our award-winning education team also works closely with council to help residents improve landfill diversion and recycling rates.



9. Perry Road super site in Dandenong South
Covering an area of 53,000 square meters, the facility is designed to serve our customers better by consolidating our administrative and operational teams from across Greater Melbourne. The facility houses more than 300 staff, a 20-bay workshop facility designed for safe work, vehicle compliance, and maximum productivity of our fleet, along with paved parking areas and fuelling stations to accommodate 164 collection vehicles.

Perry road


10. Victorian delegation visits Eastern Creek facility
In November, the Standing Committee on Environment and Planning from the Victorian Parliament Legislative Council visited our Eastern Creek container sorting facility to learn more about the key operations from NSW’s Container Deposit Scheme, Return and Earn that led to more than 2 billion containers returned in 19 months since the scheme began.

return and earn eastern creek

Contact us to find out more about our investments in resource recovery and how we’re making a sustainable future possible for communities all across Australia.