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Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Woodlawn Mechanical Biological Treatment Facitily is officially open


The Northern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (NSROC) has welcomed the official opening of a new waste treatment facility by the Hon Pru Goward MP, Minister for Family and Community Services, Minister for Social Housing, and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault on Friday 8 September 2017.

The new $100 million dollar waste processing facility at the Woodlawn Eco-precinct in southern NSW, delivered by Veolia, has begun transforming waste into useful compost for environmental rehabilitation using red-lid bin waste from 11 Sydney Councils, including five Northern Sydney Council members of NSROC.

The Northern Sydney Waste Services Alliance comprises the Councils of Hunter’s Hill, Ku-ring-gai, Lane Cove, Ryde and Willoughby. The Councils are amongst the first customers for an alternative waste technology solution under a regional contract with Veolia.

The official opening comes after the facility’s start-up on 1 July, which signified a new era in reducing the amount of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) sent to landfill under a shared contract with Veolia amongst five Northern Sydney Councils, and a separate shared contract with the company amongst six Southern Sydney Councils.

Since the start of the new financial year, the NSROC Councils have had around 42% of their total red-lid bin waste processed at the new Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT) facility for eventual use as compost for rehabilitating the Woodlawn mine site.

"Northern Sydney Councils have been working on their ‘war on waste’ on behalf of their communities for some time, and are excited to see this milestone reached.

On average, 55% of the general waste (from the red-lid bin) that goes into the facility from our area will be turned into useful compost, adding to the existing Council recycling services for cardboard, plastics, metals, and garden organics.

By recovering the resources in MSW at the MBT facility, Councils and Veolia will, together, significantly lower the amount of waste that is currently being sent to landfill.” Cr Richard Quinn, President of NSROC


The waste treatment process steps are shown in the graphic.

Read the full media release below.

The Waste Journey


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