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A first in recycling for Eurobodalla

11/04/2014

In a first for Eurobodalla, SITA’s Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) in Moruya is now home to a glass crushing machine that has been made possible through a NSW Environment Protection Authority Regional Infrastructure Grant.

SITA NSW Operations Manager, Mark Muttdon, said the new equipment enables the company to process and crush all incoming glass from the region, including that from Eurobodalla Shire Council, for which SITA is a recycling contractor.

“The new equipment will help us divert more than 2,400 tonnes of glass each year from landfill, which is equivalent to one Olympic size swimming pool,” said Mr Muttdon.

He said the investment at the Moruya facility reinforces SITA’s and Council’s commitment to developing products using secondary resources.

“The Moruya facility currently receives approximately 5,200 tonnes of recyclables each year, with glass representing 40% of the recyclable stream,” Mr Muttdon said.

”The new equipment will crush all incoming glass to create a secondary product, which can be used in concrete mixes such as footing pavements, slabs and in the production of road base.”

Mr Muttdon together with Eurobodalla Shire Council Mayor, Cr Lindsay Brown, are proud the two organisations have been able to work together to divert a precious resource from landfill and return it to suppliers as a valuable commodity.

Cr Brown says Council has been working with SITA since 2005 to improve the reuse and recycling options for glass.

“This latest initiative to recycle glass so it can be used to create a product with broader applications is something that Council would like to congratulate SITA on,” said Cr Brown.

“We gave our support for their EPA grant application because we both wanted to be able to look beyond using crushed glass as a landfill cover material in Eurobodalla,” said Cr Brown.

He says crushing glass is another huge step forward in recycling for Eurobodalla Shire Council which also participates in polystyrene, e-waste and green waste recycling initiatives that reduce the amount of waste going to landfill. 

“Council is now planning to trial the crushed glass product in local projects including as pipe bedding and as a sub layer for drainage,” Cr Brown said.

“This means the product will not only be made locally but reused here as well which will help complete the Eurobodalla waste cycle.”

A Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) is where recyclable materials which are collected from homes and businesses are taken and sorted into streams such as paper, plastics, glass and aluminium.

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Lauren Kelly, Corporate Affairs and Communications Advisor

Phone +61 417 107 283

Eurobodalla Shire Council: Emma Pegrum, Media Officer

Phone +61 408 200 191

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