Cleanaway restores service at former SKM facilities

Cleanaway has restored operations at several closed waste processing facilities, following the successful acquisition of SKM Recycling Group’s assets.

According to a Cleanaway statement, facilities in Coolaroo, Hallam, Geelong and the Laverton North Material Recovery Facility (MRF) are now fully operational.

“The network of facilities, now known as Victoria Resource Recovery, were acquired by Cleanaway in October 2019 from the SKM Recycling Group, whose closure in July 2019 greatly affected the reputation of recycling in Victoria,” the statement reads.

“Councils and households who trusted that their recycling efforts were being managed correctly were understandably disappointed when recycling had to be sent to landfill.”

Cleanaway CEO and Managing Director Vik Bansal said around-the-clock efforts to clear waste stockpiles and rehabilitate Victoria’s waste processing facilities have restored recycling services to the state in record time.

“It was not acceptable to us that after years of conscientiously sorting their recyclables, Victorians be told that their recycling must be put on hold for an extended period,” he said.

“Our teams worked tirelessly to bring these facilities back to the required environmental and operational standards in an extremely short period of time, without compromise to safety or quality.”

According to Mr Bansal, the sites were overworked and lacking in maintenance for a significant period, requiring weeks of operational and logistical clean up efforts.

“Stockpiled waste was removed from sites, machinery and conveyor belts were replaced and optical sorting systems were recalibrated,” he said.

“In line with our compliance standards, all sites have had extensive works undertaken to fire control and stormwater systems.”

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Cleanaway opens South East Melbourne Transfer Station

Cleanaway has officially opened its South East Melbourne Transfer Station in Dandenong South.

Melbourne’s Gabrielle Williams, State Member for Dandenong joined Cleanaway CEO and Managing Director, Vik Bansal, to celebrate the opening of the facility.

Marking a significant milestone for the company, and designed with the capacity for growth, the transfer station will serve Melbourne’s growing south east corridor.

“As our population grows, so does the waste we generate. This means we need to plan carefully. Facilities like these are an important part of our long term strategies for waste management,” Ms Williams said.

Vik Bansal, CEO and Managing Director of Cleanaway said “the investment in this facility strengthens our long- standing commitment to Victoria’s economic and environmental wellbeing.

“At Cleanaway, we’re working to ensure that our national network of facilities and supporting infrastructure will meet Australia’s waste management needs well into the future.”

Once operational, the site will act as a consolidation point for waste, which will then be transported to the Melbourne Regional Landfill, in high capacity A-Double trailers. The use of these trailers will reduce the overall number of heavy vehicles, which would otherwise be transporting waste long distances, helping to ease congestion across Melbourne’s road network.

Cleanaway’s strategy supports Sustainability Victoria’s Statewide Waste and Resource Recovery Infrastructure Plan (SWRRIP) which favours greater resource recovery, with fewer, larger landfills to manage Victoria’s residual waste, supported by a growing network of transfer stations like this.

The opening coincides with the company’s closure of the final landfill in the Clarinda area. Rehabilitation work is already underway in close consultation with the City of Kingston.

“As our landfilling operations come to a close, we remain committed to rehabilitating Cleanaway’s managed landfills and progressively returning them to the community as recreational land,” said Clete Elms, General Manager – Solid Waste Services, Victoria/Tasmania.

The South East Melbourne Transfer Station will be fully operational from mid May 2017.

Check out Waste Management Review’s feature article on the new facility.

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