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Kemps Creek SAWT ARRT Facility

SUEZ's Kemps Creek SAWT ARRT Facility is an example of tailoring resource recovery solutions to meet the specific needs of our customers.
Announcement - Upgrade of Kemps Creek SAWT Facility

In order to meet local councils' growing needs for environmentally responsible ways to process waste, extract resources and reduce landfill, SUEZ is planning to upgrade the Kemps Creek SAWT facility. For more information, please refer to the link below:


SUEZ developed the SAWT facility in Kemps Creek, NSW to manage two different waste streams - food and garden organics from Penrith City Council (PCC) and mixed solid waste (MSW) from Liverpool City Council (LCC).

The SAWT facility is a mechanical and biological treatment facility with two separate processing lines.  One is dedicated to processing MSW and small amounts of commercial & industrial waste by separating organic material from the waste using trommels (large rotating cylindrical sieves), then recovering ferrous (iron-based) metals (mainly aluminium) using overbelt magnets and eddy current separators.  The second processing line is dedicated to removing contaminants from source-separated food and garden organics to prepare it for composting. 

The organic material from each line is rapidly composted to produce mixed source and source-separated recycled organics products.  This is achieved using sophisticated tunnel composting technology, which controls those elements of the composting process with the greatest impact on breakdown of the organic waste: temperature, moisture content, and aeration.  Tunnel composting is followed by refinement of the material, with any contaminants (usually plastic) sifted out of the composted oganics using a large trommel.

In NSW, stringent regulations are in place to control the quality of recycled organic products and their use for particular applications, which range from use in horticulture and agriculture for higher quality recycled organics to uses in foresty and mining rehabilition for lower grade products. SUEZ manages all aspects of the process using documented quality management procedures to ensure each of the facilities products meet the quality specifications set by regulators and buyers of each product.  This maximises the beneficial ruse of our customers' recovered resources.

The Kemps Creek SAWT Facility is currently licenced to process up to 134,000 tonnes of waste per annum, with approximately 55% of incoming material diverted from landfill.  We are investigating further ARRT possibilities including:

  • expansion of the facility to process up to 220,000 tonnes per annum; and
  • recovery of plastics, with possibilities for reuse including processing into pelletised plastics, a raw material from manufacturing of new plastic products, or processed engineered fuels.

To report an environmental matter, including odours, noise or dust please call our 24 hour Environmental Hotline on 1800 062 086.

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Environmental Reports

It is a requirement under the NSW Protection of the Environment Legislation Amendment Act 2011 that environment protection licence holders make their environmental monitoring data available to the public.

SUEZ has environmental monitoring systems in place at this facility to ensure that its licence conditions are met. To view monitoring data for this facility click on the link below.

To view the relevant Environment Protection Licence No. 12889 follow the link to the POEO Public Register NSW Environment Protection Authority website.


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