Construction work has begun on Veolia’s new Mechanical Biological Treatment facility at a bioreactor landfill facility 250km outside of Sydney, Australia.
Veolia said that the new MBT facility at the Woodlawn Eco-precinct, located near Goulburn in southern New South Wales, will utilise advanced resource recovery technology to extract organic content from mixed waste streams received from across wider Sydney, to produce compost for on-site mine rehabilitation.
The start of construction was marked by local community representatives turning the soil which will be remediated using compost produced by the MBT facility once completed.
The site currently accepts around 20% of Sydney’s putrescible waste and is recognised as an example of best practice landfill technology.
According to Veolia the Woodlawn MBT facility will enhance the resource recovery capabilities of the Woodlawn Eco-precinct, through the production of compost from the organic fraction of waste; while also assisting the municipal and commercial sectors to meet the resource recovery targets, set by the NSW Government.
“The construction of the mechanical biological treatment facility is an important stage in our sustainability efforts at Woodlawn, including rehabilitating the former Woodlawn mine site,” commented Ben Sullivan, NSW group general manager at Veolia.
“The facility supports existing source separated initiatives such as kerbside recycling, by recovering energy and resources from the residual waste stream,” he continued.
Veolia said that over its operational life the Woodlawn Eco Project has taken 4.6 million tonnes of waste from across Sydney. The waste has been used to generate electricity, and the facility now exports enough power to supply over 4000 homes.
The new stage in the site’s operation is expected to deliver further local environmental, social and economic benefits, such as increased renewable energy production, further rehabilitation of the former mine site. Veolia added that it will also provide support for local community groups through the voluntarily Veolia Mulwaree Trust which has distributed more than $8 million since 2005, and an increase in local job opportunities.
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