Working with South Australian Produce Market to reduce waste to landfill by 70%

Our partnership with South Australian Produce Market is set to increase their diversion rates by up to 70% through our innovative food waste recovery and dry waste solutions.

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October 7, 2019

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“Increasing diversion rates not only deliver on South Australia Produce Market’s sustainability targets but also reduces the weight and therefore the cost of the general waste bin,” Cleanaway Business Development Manager Daniel Somerville.

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“Increasing diversion rates not only deliver on South Australia Produce Market’s sustainability targets but also reduces the weight and therefore the cost of the general waste bin,” Cleanaway Business Development Manager Daniel Somerville.

The South Australian Produce Market (SAPM) trades over 250,000 tonnes of fresh produce between wholesalers, growers and retail operators each year, worth an estimated wholesale value of $550 million. With these volumes come waste, including heavy and expensive general waste bins and difficult to recycle items such as packaged food which is typically sent to landfill.

In an effort to increase their sustainability, SAPM’s leadership team engaged Cleanaway to review their waste disposal and recycling practices. Cleanaway identified opportunities to increase their diversion rates by up to 70% while providing substantial savings by reducing the weight and resulting cost of the general waste bin.

“We’re proud to work with South Australian Produce Market to reduce waste to landfill through our Packaged Organics Recycling Service and waste to Processed Engineered Fuel (PEF) solution. We believe that our innovative resource recovery solutions are the perfect fit and we are very excited to see them start implementing changes on site right away,” said Cleanaway Business Development Manager (Solid Waste Services – SA) Daniel Somerville.

“Increasing diversion rates not only deliver on South Australian Produce Market’s sustainability targets but also reduces the weight and therefore the cost of the general waste bin. The introduction of these new waste disposal streams will also minimise the impact of annual increases in the South Australian Government’s waste levy,” Daniel added.

Packaged organics recycling service

Packaged food waste collected is put through a food depackaging unit known as the Dominator with blades that spin at high speed. Organic material is pushed out from its packaging, processed and reused as compost.

Turning packaging waste into energy

The separated packaging is sent to our partners Adelaide Alternative Fuels to be processed and turned into an alternative fuel source for the cement industry. This resource recovery solution replaces natural gas used by Adelaide Brighton Cement, a leading manufacturer of cement and related products.

Learn more about waste-to-PEF technology at Cleanaway ResourceCo Resource Recovery Facility in Wetherill Park that turns dry commercial, industrial and construction waste including timber, mixed plastic and textiles into PEF to replace coal.

We look forward to making a sustainable future possible with South Australian Produce Markets. Contact us to learn more about our industry-leading resource recovery solutions.