Australia’s first e-waste plastics recovery to be built in Albury

Recycling Modernisation Fund

Two Albury recycling plants are among eight regional projects to be co-funded under the Recycling Modernisation Fund.

Scipher Technologies will receive $1 million to install Australia’s first e-waste plastics recycling plant.

The $7.5 million facility, based at the Ettamogah Rail Hub near Albury’s Nexus Industrial Estate, will be equipped with advanced air sorting to separate mixed e-waste plastics and recover flame-retardant-free single plastic polymers, such as polystyrene and ABS plastic chips.

Reform3D at North Albury will also receive $165,000 for a new pelletising line and 3D printing robot cell to assist in the processing of recovered industrial plastics at its local facility. The upgrade will double its production of re-manufactured plastic pipes, culverts and other products for use by farmers, councils and builders.

Chris Sayers, Managing Director for Scipher Technologies, said Scipher is excited to be investing in Australia’s first large-scale e-waste plastics separation and recovery facility.

“The project represents an innovative recycling solution using advanced technology which will contribute to increased landfill diversion of one of the fastest growing waste streams in the country,” Sayers said.

Justin Clancy, Member for Albury, said it’s vital that emerging plastics and e-waste recycling businesses become established in regional areas.

“We can dramatically speed up the process by directing government support and funding this way, working both for the environment and creating local employment opportunities.”

“I’m pleased that the NSW and Commonwealth Governments have joined together and contributed 50/50 to provide financial support to Scipher Technologies and to Reform3D to help realise tech and farming advanced waste recycling here in Albury.”

Sussan Ley, Member for Farrer, said the Morrison and New South Wales governments are co-investing $4.84 million across regional NSW so the state can play a key role in Australia’s recycling transformation.

The $280 million Recycling Modernisation Fund investment, together with other measures to support Australia’s National Waste Policy Action Plan, will create about 10,000  new jobs around Australia over the next ten years.

Other projects funded include material recovery facilities in Tamworth and Hay, tyre processing in Cootamundra and an innovative re-use project in Nowra that will keep 7500 plastic drums out of landfill.

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