New organic waste facility for regional Tasmania

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A regional organic waste processing facility will be established at Boyer in Tasmania’s south.

Barwick’s Wholesale & Retail Landscape Supplies will receive $3 million seed funding from the Tasmanian Government to establish the facility.

To be built adjacent to the Norske Skog Boyer mill, the proposed industrial-scale in-vessel composting facility will process up to 24,000 tonnes of organic waste per year.

Barwick’s manager Tyronn Barwick said the funding would enable the company to construct a $14 million composting facility to process a significant volume of organic waste in an environmentally sustainable manner.

“The facility’s strategic placement at Boyer will play a role in processing commercial organic materials in conjunction with local councils’ food organics and garden organics,” he said.

The project will complement the company’s existing facilities at Oatlands and Bridgewater, expanding their total annual processing capacity from 113,000 to 165,000 tonnes and saving up to 80,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2-e) emissions per year.

Roger Jaensch, Minister for the Environment, said such investments were key to reducing the volume of Tasmania’s organic waste sent to landfill by 50 per cent by 2030, as per national targets.

“This facility, once operational, will play an important role in the southern organic waste management system and will complement other projects under development to grow our circular economy,” he said.

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