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Spring Farm ARRT Facility

The Spring Farm Advanced Resource Recovery Park (formerly Macarthur Resource Recovery Park and originally Jacks Gully Waste and Recycling Centre) spans 38 hectares and over 100,000 cars and trucks use the park each year.

In addition to the Spring Farm Advanced Resource Recovery Facility, the site also contains a landfill and a Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) which is like a giant factory where the recyclable materials that are collected from homes and businesses are taken to be sorted into different types or “streams” such as paper, plastics and aluminium for sale into local and overseas markets, and a resource recovery area for public drop off.

Through its council collections contract, the Spring Farm site currently services more than 104,000 households in four adjoining council areas.  In addition the ARRF accepts, and then transfers, approximately 10,000 tonnes per annum of commercial & industrial waste from local contractors. 

Spring Farm Advanced Resource Recovery Facility

The Spring Farm ARRT consists of a number of linked areas for processsing of mixed solid waste (MSW) and organic material.  The facility incorporates:

  • An anaerobic digestion facility and electricity plant;
  • A tunnel composting facility or organics processing; and
  • A mechanical pre-treatment area, where non-organic materials are removed from MSW, leaving the organic material ready for further processing at the nearby Kemps Creek SAWT ARRT Facility.
     

Anaerobic Digestion Facility

The facility contains a tank farm which uses anaerobic digestion (digestion of organics in the absence of oxygen) to produce methane for electricity generation.  Liquid organics, which could include any sugar-rich liquids such as alcoholic or soft drinks pass through two stages of biological treatment, both of which use naturally occurring bacteria to break down waste.

The liquid organics pass through acetogenic digestion tanks, where the sugars in the liquid are broken down into idea 'food' for bacteria in the methanogenic tanks.  Digestion in the methanogenic tanks produces methane-rich biogas, with water as a by-product.

The biogas is captured, and methane is extracted to generate renewable energy in onsite generators.

Organics Resource Recovery Facility

SUEZ's tunnel composting facility at Spring Farm has the capacity to process up to 30,000 tonnes of garden organics each year. The organics are turned into around 18,000 tonnes of high-grade compost and mulch, using similar technology to that at our Kemps Creek SAWT ARRT Facility.  Shredded and blended organic material is loaded into airtight concrete tunnels, which are fully monitored and computer-controlled to maintain specific temperature, moisture and oxygen levels at different stages of the composting process.

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. 12588 follow the link to the POEO Public Register NSW Environment Protection Authority website.

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