Wastech solutions find value in construction and demolition waste

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Large volumes of waste are created every time a building is demolished or constructed. That waste is now being recognised as a valuable commodity. Wastech Engineering has a solid footing in providing management solutions.

Scott Russ, recently appointed Acting General Manager of Sales and Marketing for Wastech Engineering, says there is huge potential to reuse and regenerate construction and demolition (C&D) waste in Australia.

There are positive signs, he says, with an increasing number of companies seeking to manage their C&D waste stream to drive better sustainability outcomes and reduce their carbon footprint.

According to the latest data in the National Waste Report 2020, Australia generated 27 million tonnes of waste from the construction and demolition sector in 2018-19. That equates to 44 per cent of all waste.

“C&D recycling and processing is a growing area in Australia,” Scott says. “A transition to a circular economy and additional levies on waste to landfill has driven a lot of behaviour change. Companies are actively seeking better separation of waste before it goes to landfill and capturing the value of commodities.

“We’re involved in several opportunities, assisting companies to design, develop, install, and process facilities to manage C&D waste.”

Wastech Engineering was established 30 years ago, pioneering waste management equipment, engineering solutions and sustainable resource recovery facilities.

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There is huge potential to reuse and regenerate construction and demolition waste in Australia. Image: Achim Banck/stock.adobe.com

Scott says the focus has always been building products and solutions for the waste and recycling industry that deliver sustainable outcomes and add efficiency.

Over the years the long term established Australian design, engineering and manufacturing business has invested in research and innovation to develop unique products. As a result, it has built relationships with trusted international partners that it represents under agency agreements in Australia and New Zealand.

“We’re proud of the product range we have in regard to supporting the industry with sustainable solutions,” Scott says. “As an industry leader, we provide the resource recovery sector state-of-the-art equipment and solutions with best-in-class products and services.

“Because we have an in-house design, engineering, and production team, we’re able to offer a service from cradle to grave for projects. We can evaluate existing facilities or greenfield sites and make recommendations on the best solutions for a project and opportunities moving forward.”

A key element to sustainability in waste and recycling, Scott says, is better practices at every stage of the waste life cycle. With C&D waste, sorting and processing recyclable materials is fundamental. Ideally a facility would aim to separate and capture at least six waste streams – anything from concrete, stone, timber, glass and metals.

Scott says that while traditional manual picking stations still have a place, technology is integral to modern separation processes to ensure purity of a waste stream. Wastech incorporates optical sorters, air separation, Artificial Intelligence technology, eddy currents and magnets into its builds.

The ATRITOR Turbo Separator, manufactured in England, is being used to separate the paper and gypsum in plaster board. The paper can be recycled, and the gypsum repurposed into fertiliser.

“Paper is a commodity that has value. We don’t want to see that go to landfill,” Scott says. “With the Turbo Separator we can offer a sustainable solution in separating those waste streams.

“Australia is encouraging a move away from landfills. The landfills we have are limited by air space. We need to look at solutions that reduce the tonnage of waste going to landfill.

“Separation of waste is cost effective and efficient.”

Another product offered by Wastech Engineering is the Presto timber crusher which reduces the volume of wood waste into splinters for transportation, storage and recycling.

“Using the right equipment to process construction waste materials greatly reduces the volume of waste at a facility.

“This means that construction managers can save money on transport, and waste facilities can process more material more efficiently,” Scott says.

Along with innovative equipment, Wastech has years of knowledge and expertise from international partners and lessons learned from past projects to improve waste solutions.

A big part of the company’s success has been a focus on products and services and building strong, long-term partnerships both with suppliers and customers.

Wastech’s Melbourne-based national service centre and a network of technicians across Australia services and repairs all waste and recycling equipment, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Scott says a key component to investing in equipment is having a good service agreement and plan in place. Infrastructure and equipment are big investments and need to be maintained.

“When we use the word partnership, we mean it,” Scott says. “Aftermarket services for repairs and parts is important to us. We can offer customers a service plan to look after the equipment we have installed.

“We really do offer a great end-to-end solution.” 

For more information, visit: www.wastech.com.au

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