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Kemps Creek

1725 Elizabeth Drive, Kemps Creek NSW 2178
13 13 35

What's on site at Kemps Creek Advanced Resource Recovery Centre


Payment methods

Cash is not accepted at Kemps Creek. 

EFTPOS and credit cards (Visa and Mastercard only) are accepted. The minimum EFTPOS and credit card transaction is $15.00. Cheques are not accepted.

Customers with minimum transactions of $500 per month may be eligible to open an account. Please call 1300 651 116 for further information.

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. 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.


Elizabeth Drive smart cell

SUEZ's Elizabeth Drive smart cell located at Kemps Creek in New South Wales, accepts non-putrescible and industrial waste.

The waste disposal technology used at the Elizabeth Drive smart cell is designed to allow waste to be deposited safely and securely, and to minimise risk to the environment, particularly in the long term. This involves stringent planning and engineering of the smart cell, with our plans and operations monitored by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA).  These procedures provide for:

  • Odour
  • Acceptance of waste onto the site
  • On-site management and monitoring of litter
  • Ground and surface water management
  • Environmental monitoring and reporting

Lining systems

Infrastructure is in place to prevent contamination of water around the site. smart cells are lined with an impermeable liner to prevent water migrating into or out of the smart cell. This minimises the formation of leachate (water that has come into contact with waste materials) and retains any leachate that is formed within the pit. Leachate and stormwater are collected and treated on-site, protecting surface water and groundwater in the immediate environment.

SUEZ engineers the cells to ensure waste can be deposited safely through the life of the smart cell, and the land can be successfully rehabilitated once filling is complete.

All-weather access roads are built to the tip face, providing safe access in all conditions.

As the cell is filled, waste material is compacted and covered with compacted layers, usually of clean fill, to control litter and improve safety on the site. The smart cell surface is also appropriately contoured to control stormwater and leachate formation, to enable operations to continue safely and efficiently in wet and dry weather, and ensure a stable surface is created in the long term.

Gas Collection

Organic waste breaks down naturally to produce biogas, which is largely composed of methane, a potent greenhouse gas. The Elizabeth Drive smart cell has pipes laid within the smart cell during filling operations to allow biogas to be collected at the site.

SUEZ currently collects biogas which is sent to an electricity generation plant onsite to power the adjacent SAWT facility.

Education Centre

Beginning at the onsite Education Centre, SUEZ conducts site tours of our Kemps Creek Resource Recovery Park for schools, community groups and interested businesses.  Bookings are essential.  Visit our Community & Education page for more information.

SUEZ Environment Report Hotline

SUEZ's NSW Environment Report Hotline has been set up to receive feedback on environmental matters which are sometimes associated with recycling and waste management facilities – like odours, noise, dust and mud tracking. We'd like you to help us find out why this happens, and how we can fix it.

All visitors to SUEZ facilities are required to wear enclosed footwear at all times. Visitors who arrive without appropriate footwear may be refused entry.

To provide feedback on any environmental matters you believe may be associated with one of our NSW facilities, please call 1800 ENV REP (1800 368 737).

For enquiries related to pricing, acceptance criteria and opening hours, please call 1300 651 116.

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