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$23m recycling facility officially opened

Monday 8 November 2021
Four people standing in front of bale of recycled paper and cardboard

Recyclables from Holdfast Bay residents’ yellow-lid kerbside bins are now being processed through the biggest and most high-tech material recycling facility in South Australia.

The $23 million Southern Material Recycling Facility (SMRF) is a joint initiative of Southern Region Waste Recycling Authority (SRWRA) - a subsidiary of the City of Holdfast Bay, City of Marion and City of Onkaparinga - and Australian recycling and resource recovery specialist Re.Group.

Holdfast Bay Mayor Amanda Wilson today helped to officially open the SMRF alongside Senator Andrew McLachlan, City of Marion Mayor Kris Hanna and City of Onkaparinga Mayor Erin Thompson.

The SMRF is able to process 25 tonnes of yellow bin recyclables every hour and up to 60,000 tonnes a year.

“This is an important step to take control of our waste, create local employment, and drive new green economies,” Holdfast Bay Mayor Amanda Wilson said.

“Keeping the recovery and reuse of valuable recyclable materials in Australia is vital to help build our circular economies and support a sustainable environment”.

The state-of-the-art facility, which sits in a 4,400sqm purpose-built building, uses world-leading advanced screening and optical sorting technologies for cardboard, plastic and glass. It has been designed to meet the highest standards of recycling purity to ensure that nothing goes to waste.

The facility boasts seven laser light optical sorting machines, which were imported from Canada earlier this year. They are programmed to identify different recyclable objects from glass bottles to tin cans.

A Federal Government Community Development Grant worth $5.35m has allowed the facility to expand beyond processing the recyclables of the three partner councils to also service other regional councils and commercial businesses.

SRWRA Chair Mark Booth said the SMRF was a gamechanger for waste management and resource recovery in South Australia, which as a state has led the way in recycling and reducing waste.

“The support of the Australian government and leadership of the three constituent councils will go a long way to addressing the need for increased recycling capacity across the state,” said Mr Booth.

“The SMRF will set a new benchmark for materials recovery facilities and raise the bar as Australia’s recycling industry continues to evolve and mature to meet the growing demand for domestic processing.”

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