Welcoming the SKM team to the Cleanaway family

The opening of the Laverton and Derwent Park facilities follows the successful acquisition of SKM Recycling Group’s assets.

Industry Updates

November 4, 2019

Highlights

“The acquisition will provide Cleanaway with a strong recycling platform in Victoria and Tasmania and is an important part of our Footprint 2025 Strategy” Cleanaway CEO and Managing Director Vik Bansal

Highlights

“The acquisition will provide Cleanaway with a strong recycling platform in Victoria and Tasmania and is an important part of our Footprint 2025 Strategy” Cleanaway CEO and Managing Director Vik Bansal

Friday, 1 November was Day One at our newly operational Laverton and Derwent Park Material Recovery Facilities (MRF) as we welcomed 130 new team members from SKM Recycling Group. Celebratory barbecues were held at Laverton North and Derwent Park with welcome gifts for the new team members and Cleanaway blue represented throughout the sites.

Opening Laverton MRF Cleanaway

Pictured from left to right: Project Manager Andree Wans, Senior Health and Safety Business Partner Sue Julius and Head of Environment and Regulatory Compliance Richard Pittard.

The opening of the facilities follows the completion of the acquisition of SKM assets today after a successful bid in October.

The network includes three MRFs and a transfer station in Victoria and a MRF in Tasmania. The site in Laverton North, Victoria hosts an advanced plastic sorting facility that separates plastics into clean, individual polymer grade for sale or input into a pelletising facility. The acquisition also includes two properties in South Australia that will be sold. Both the Laverton North and Derwent Park sites are now operational, with Coolaroo, Hallam and Geelong sites expected to be operational at the beginning of December 2019.

Derwent Park Material Recovery Facility, Tasmania

Pictured: The Cleanaway team at Derwent Park Material Recovery Facility, Tasmania

Laverton MRF and Plastics Recovery Facility

Pictured: The Cleanaway team at Laverton MRF and Plastics Recovery Facility

Material Recovery Facility at Laverton

Pictured: A sorting line inside the Material Recovery Facility at Laverton

In announcing the acquisition, Cleanaway CEO and Managing Director, Vik Bansal said: “The acquisition will provide Cleanaway with a strong recycling platform in Victoria and Tasmania and is an important part of our Footprint 2025 strategy.”

“There has been significant progress made in removing waste stockpiles and gradually returning the sites to operations over recent months. We have developed a robust operational plan for integrating SKM’s recycling assets into our existing network which we will now implement. Some of the key aspects of the plan are improving operating standards at the sites, entering into agreements with municipal councils to restore municipal recycling services across Victoria as well as creating employment opportunities for employees at the sites.”

“We will work closely with municipal councils that utilise these facilities to ensure that the materials collected are appropriate for recycling and can be processed into commodities that can be reused. The services will be provided to municipal councils at a commercial rate which reflect the true cost of providing these services.”

“Over the coming months we 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 on local and global markets. This is consistent with our mission of making a sustainable future possible.”

Footprint 2025 is Cleanaway’s roadmap to ensure Australia has the right infrastructure in place to support growing communities in managing their waste while maximising resource recovery.

Learn more about our network of state-of-the-art and strategically-located prized assets delivering some of the most advanced resource recovery capabilities across Australia.