Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Industry, Science and Technology Minister Karen Andrews have visited Downer and CDEnviro’s processing facility and asphalt plant.
During the visit, the Federal Government announced it would commit $20 million to grow Australia’s domestic recycling industry.
Downer Reconomy General Manager Jim Appleby said while visiting the facility, Mr Morrison highlighted the government’s support for recycling infrastructure, research and development and positive purchasing.
“It’s amazing to hear the government talking about turbocharging the recycling sector,” Mr Appleby said.
“We are really proud of this facility and how it’s transforming the way Australia sees waste, so it was great to demonstrate this to our Prime Minister and our Industry, Science and Technology Minister.”
Mr Appleby said Mr Morrison highlighted Downer’s sustainable Reconophalt asphalt product as innovative recycling.
“The Reconomy facility in Rosehill Sydney features state-of-the-art street sweeping recycling technology from waste management solutions company CDEnviro,” Mr Appleby said.
“There’s recycling and then there’s revolutionary recycling, and we want to demonstrate that revolutionary recycling is what the world needs.”
The facility annually diverts more than 21,000 tonnes of waste from Sydney road construction projects.
“This material is then used in road construction and applied as asphalt to the road networks from where the material originated,” Mr Appleby said.
“Reconomy and CDEnviro share a purpose in championing sustainability and zero waste.”