Shoalhaven City Council is entering into a contract with Bioelektra Australia Pty Ltd to build and operate a new waste processing facility that uses state-of-the-art technology to divert 90% of mixed waste from landfill.
Everything that can be reused or recycled will be extracted in one process.
Residents will put their rubbish in one bin and have it collected as usual. The contents will then be taken to the new facility for sterilisation, drying and separation into various groups of recyclable materials.
Plastic, glass, metals and organics will all be separated and put back into construction aggregate, bricks and glass wool. Anything not able to be recycled will still be sent to landfill but would be inert and much less risky for the environment than the current waste output
The new Resource Recovery Facility will be constructed adjacent to the current West Nowra Landfill site. Construction will commence in 2019 and the facility is expected to be fully operational by late 2021. The facility will be able to handle most of the waste from neighbouring councils as well as from the Shoalhaven.
The Shoalhaven recycling facility will be the first of its kind outside Poland and just the third in the world.