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Resource Recovery Asset Register: Tell us where we got it wrong!

Resource Recovery Asset Register: Tell us where we got it wrong!

KMH Environmental has been engaged by NSW Environmental Protection Authority to build an asset register for resource recovery facilities in New South Wales. We have identified 280 resource recovery facilities. Owners of around 140 facilities have provided us with additional information for the asset register.

For those of you who assisted us putting together the Asset Register: THANK YOU!

We have now produced a draft public version of the Asset Register for each waste region for your information and feedback. All identified facilities have been listed but confidential information relating to facility capacity has been withheld where requested by the owner. In addition facilities in the public version of the register have been classified by size rather than providing detail on current throughput or capacity. You can download the lists of facilities by region in PDF here:

Please send feedback to Emidio Arini at earini@kmh.com.au or by phone at 02 9468 9300. We are particularly interested in answers to the following questions:

1. Do you know of any resource recovery facilities* that aren’t listed here?

2. Have we correctly identified all the material types recovered at this facility?

3. Is the processing capacity range correct?**

4. Can you provide more accurate data on the processing capacity for any of these facilities?

*Resource recovery infrastructure is defined as facilities that sort, decontaminate, treat or otherwise transform waste in order to recover it for beneficial use. Infrastructure used only for aggregation and transfer of recyclables is not included in this Asset Register

**Some operators have not agreed to publish the capacity information for their facility, even ranges. In this case the information has been obtained but is marked as ‘withheld’. Where capacity is unknown it is marked as ‘Unknown’.

Why create an asset register?

The NSW State Government has committed to a significant investment in infrastructure for resource recovery between 2014 and 2017; with around $250 million of funding being directed into equipment, buildings and associated civil works. With funding recipients required to at least match this level of funding; this initiative will drive well over $500 million of infrastructure investment in NSW.

In order to maximise the benefit from this funding and realise the government and the EPA’s focus on value for money, it is necessary to gain an understanding of the need for new and expanded resource recovery infrastructure. This will guide and facilitate government investment and support strategic decisions such as the development of any future infrastructure strategies for NSW. Resource recovery infrastructure needs were last evaluated by GHD in 2011, informing the design of government’s current infrastructure grant programs. The EPA is updating this study to inform future policy and investment decisions.

The majority of waste and resource recovery infrastructure in NSW is owned and operated by the private sector.  If the government clearly understands the state’s infrastructure needs, then waste and resource recovery policy, regulation and programs can be created which are most beneficial to the industry and meet the needs of the NSW community. The Resource Recovery Asset Register will be used to identify infrastructure shortfall and facilitate regional planning.

For the purposes of this study the material categories are very broad. They are explained in the table below:

Material Type Category

Explanation

Mixed Waste Class 1 Mixed putrescible waste
Mixed Waste Class 2 Mixed inert waste, C&D waste or dry C&I waste
SS packaging Source separated packaging as is normally presented at domestic MRF
Organics C1 Category 1 organic materials like grass, leaves and branches
Organics C2 Category 2 organic materials like fruit, vegetables and manures
Organics C3 Category 3 organic materials like meat, fish, fatty and oily sludges

What is part of the Asset Register?

The EPA intends that the register will include all facilities that sort, decontaminate, treat or otherwise transform waste in order to recover it for beneficial use. Examples include:

  • Material Recovery Facilities (MRF) for the sorting of dry wastes, particularly packaging
  • Material Value-Adding Facilities (e.g. paper mills)
  • Composting facilities (open windrow and enclosed systems)
  • Anaerobic digestion facilities
  • Construction and Demolition (C&D) waste processing facilities
  • Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT) facilities
  • Energy from Waste (EfW) facilities; and
  • Refuse Derived Fuel manufacturing facilities

The asset register does not include hazardous or liquid waste treatment facilities. Infrastructure used only for the aggregation and transfer of waste materials and landfills are not included in the asset register.

If you think any of the listed facilities should not be on this asset register, please let us know.