Visy completes $48m upgrade to Queensland facility

Visy closes the loop for mixed paper recycling in Queensland with completion of a $48 million upgrade to the Gibson Island facility.

The recycling and remanufacturing campus was unveiled with Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Deputy Premier Steven Miles on Tuesday, 30 May.

The upgrade is part of Visy Executive Chairman Anthony Pratt’s commitment to invest $2 billion over the next decade – $700 million of that in Queensland – to reduce landfill, cut emissions and create thousands of green collar Australian manufacturing jobs.

Pratt said it was a proud day because the company is not only a manufacturer but in the landfill avoidance business.

“Recycling is an important weapon against climate change,” he said.

The Gibson Island project will divert up to 39,000 tonnes of material from landfill – covering the equivalent of about 2500 Suncorp stadiums – using a new paper optical sorting plant.

Visy will recycle and remanufacture this kerbside waste from hundreds of thousands of Queensland homes into 100 per cent recycled paper and corrugated boxes for the state’s farmers, and iconic food and beverage companies.

Pratt praised Premier Palaszczuk and her government “for their foresight and dedication to practical environmental reforms.”

“You, Premier and Deputy Premier Miles, are champions of Queensland manufacturing and under your leadership, Queensland has become an economic powerhouse,” he said.

The upgrade was made possible thanks to co-investment support from the Queensland Government and is set to reduce landfill by up to 20 kilograms per Queensland household annually.

The 100 per cent recycled paper will then be sent to Visy’s corrugated box plants, including a new one at Hemmant.

“We are transforming Australia’s recycling and manufacturing sectors through these initiatives,” said Pratt.

The Gibson Island project created  hundred of jobs during construction and has established more green-collar manufacturing jobs on site.

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