The Eco Waste Solutions Resource Recovery Centre officially opened Monday, creating up to 12 new full-time jobs and making it easier for regional centres like Gawler to reprocess or reduce waste.

The site upgrade was made possible by State Government grant funding for infrastructure projects that boost investment in South Australia’s resource recovery and recycling industry.

The funding, provided by Green Industries SA, is from a three-year $12 million programme that will increase the capacity of recycling systems and reprocessing infrastructure.

Background

South Australia leads the nation in its recycling rates and this is underpinned by its significant investment in the recycling and resource recovery industry.

Since 2004, more than $17 million has been provided in grant funding to more than 150 waste infrastructure projects across the State. Funding in regional areas (approximately $10 million) has supported upgraded and new transfer stations using state-of-the-art technologies and sorting equipment.

In March 2017, Eco Waste Solutions was awarded $300,000 toward the commissioning of a state-of-the-art under cover picking station for mixed waste.

Eco Waste Solutions (established in 2007) is the parent company of CBS bins, which provides skip bin services to the residential building sector and for weekend home clean-ups. Eco Waste Solutions recognised the opportunity to provide a public waste disposal site after the Town of Gawler closed its Paxton Street waste and recycling transfer station in early 2013.

Eco Waste Solutions expects to have the capacity to process 10,800 tonnes of material per annum, predominantly from small-scale construction sites and weekend residential yard clean-ups. The facility was commissioned in July 2017.

Eco Waste Solutions expects to deliver 12 new jobs, with additional economic activity also being generated through the construction and commissioning of the facility.

Quotes attributable to Sustainability, Environment and Conservation Minister Ian Hunter

Eco Waste Solutions’ new upgraded facility improves the ability of regional centres like Gawler to improve their recovery of materials for reprocessing and reduce waste going to landfill, as well as creating up to 12 new full time jobs for the region.

This State Government funding is not only boosting investment and creating jobs but delivering the latest sorting technologies that minimise handling and therefore work health and safety risks.

The state-of-the-art facility ensures optimum separation of materials before they are sent to the markets and helps maintain our State’s exemplary reputation for leadership and innovation in this sector.