Bettergrow invest $10M in CDEnviro technology

Organic residuals recycling company Bettergrow, has invested $10 million in CDEnviro hydro excavation technology.

The investment marks an expansion of Bettergrow’s non-destructive digging waste facility in Wetherill Park NSW.

Bettergrow Operations Director Neale Hogarth said the company was excited to increase its capacity to divert and re-use non-destructive digging muds.

“We have worked with CDEnviro for years now, and have partnered with them on this project to ensure the highest level of technology for our customers,” Mr Hogarth said.

“The facility is going to be huge, but that’s because we know the potential for waste to become a resource is huge.”

According to Mr Hogarth, the facility will showcase some of the most innovative technology in the industry, including the CDEnviro HYDRO:TIP.

The HYDRO:TIP is a patent-pending tipping station for vacuum tanker muds and other solid liquid wastes.

“The large-scale investment is our third investment in CDEnviro equipment since 2016,” Mr Hogarth said.

“Bettergrow customers that use this facility will benefit from significant cost savings on both transport and landfill.”

Bettergrow owner Neil Schembri said the facility demonstrates the company’s commitment to the circular economy.

“The large-scale recycling facility at Wetherill Park will enable Bettergrow to not only process larger volumes of drilling muds than ever before, but also process a range of other complex and highly contaminated wastes,” Mr Schembri said.

“The next stage of development for the NSW site will be receiving food waste and other organics. We will again be working with CDEnviro to determine the most appropriate technology for these resources.”

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Cleanaway to enter into JV with ResourceCo

Cleanaway has entered into a binding joint venture agreement with ResourceCo to acquire a 50 per cent interest in ResourceCo’s Wetherill Park facility.

ResourceCo’s new Wetherill Park facility has the capability to divert 250,000 tonnes of waste per annum, reducing emissions and saving costs for businesses in the long-term – more information on that here. 

Located in western Sydney, the facility receives dry commercial and industrial waste. After extracting any commodities suitable for recycling, the balance of non-recyclable waste is converted into Process Engineered Fuel (PEF) that will be used as a substitute for fossil fuels in domestic and offshore cement kilns.

According to an ASX statement, the investment provides Cleanaway with a further waste disposal solution in NSW and forms an integral part of its Footprint 2025 strategy.

Waste processed by the facility includes residuals sourced from the Cleanaway Sydney transfer station, currently under construction, and other recycling facilities, in addition to commercial and industrial customers with source-separated collection systems.

The purchase price for the 50 per cent interest comprises a $25 million payment at completion plus an earn out of up to a further $25 million payable in two instalments over two years once the facility generates agreed earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation targets.

The joint venture, to be branded “Cleanaway ResourceCo RRF” is part financed by a $10 million loan facility from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, with additional funding from the New South Wales Environmental Trust.

The transaction is expected to be complete during the first quarter of financial year 2019, subject to satisfaction of customary conditions precedent and commissioning and performance standards.

Cleanaway Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director Vik Bansal said the investment plays a key role in the development of the company’s post collections footprint in NSW and its overall Footprint 2025 strategy, which encompasses the development of prized waste infrastructure assets across Australia.

“This facility is the only one of its kind on the East Cost of Australia and enables us to increase waste internalisation rates, and importantly, to offer an advanced resource recovery solution to our customers,” Mr Bansal said.