Cleanaway opens new recycling facility for Brisbane

Inside the Cleanaway Hemmant Recycling and Resource Recovery Centre
Cleanaway is boosting its recycling capacity in Brisbane with a new recycling and resource recovery centre at Hemmant.

With the capacity to receive, recover and recycle 75,000 tonnes of waste a year, the new 6000-square metre facility at Anton Road will handle around 50 per cent more volume than its predecessor.

The new MRF can process products including corrugated containers, magazines and newsprint, mixed plastics and polystyrene.

Cleanaway QLD General Manager Neil Perry said the business had outgrown its former 4,400 square metre premises on Lytton Road, Hemmant, which accelerated the need for a larger facility.

Since starting operations at Lytton Road in 1992, Cleanaway’s recycling volumes have grown from 15,000 tonnes a year to almost 50,000 tonnes in the current financial year.

“The relocation of this business will enable the business to position itself for future growth and internalisation of frontlift recycling volumes in the greater Brisbane and Gold Coast areas and our recycling volumes throughout Queensland.”

Mr Perry said the new centre has been selected due to the proximity to the Port Of Brisbane and being in an excellent logistics hub for our customers and for transport operators in the Brisbane Trade Coast area.

“This recycling facility also uniquely supports the Cleanaway Harvest Service, which enables businesses to mix recyclable products of cardboard, paper, plastic shrink wrap and polystyrene in the Harvest bin and these are separated, sorted and baled at the Hemmant facility ready for domestic or export sale,” added Mr Perry. “Harvest sorting at Hemmant allows Cleanaway to achieve market competitive commodity rate for a wider range of recoverable products.

The new facility also has a drive-through capability for more effective loading and unloading and safety in our operations and allows distinct segregation of processes.

“The site is designed and laid out to improve the flow of product and materials from raw, pre-processed product through to finished, baled material ready for transport to the Port or domestic buyers and reprocessors,” Mr Perry concluded.

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