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$3m grant provides high-tech boost for local recycling

Thursday 20 May 2021

Robotic and optical sorting systems for household recyclables will be installed at the Southern Material Recycling Facility (SMRF), thanks to an additional $3.1 million of government funding.

The SMRF is a joint initiative of the Southern Region Waste Resource Authority (SRWRA) – a subsidiary of the cities of Holdfast Bay, Marion and Onkaparinga – and Re.Group, an Australian recycling and resource recovery specialist.

The funding boost, courtesy of the State and Federal governments’ Recycling Modernisation Fund, comes less than two months after a $5.35 million grant from the Federal Government.

The SMRF will process at least 31,000 tonnes of yellow bin recyclables each year, including from Holdfast Bay households and other regional council areas.

The extra funding will allow the new facility to double its capacity to 61,000 tonnes, as well as install innovative technology, like a robotic sorting system, which will further improve the quality of recovered materials.

City of Holdfast Bay Mayor Amanda Wilson said the new facility is important in helping council's take control of household waste, while create local jobs and driving new green economies.

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

"It's exciting to think that glass that our residents recycle through their yellow kerbside bins now has the potential to be converted into sand for use by us, and other local councils, in road and civil construction projects.”

SRWRA Chair Mark Booth said the project was only possible thanks to the collaboration and partnership fostered between local government and private enterprise.

“The unanimous support of our constituent councils has allowed us to fast-track this important project and place the orders required for the new facility to be operational in the second half of 2021,” said Mr Booth.

“The strategic need for a recycling facility south of the city, and for increased recycling capacity across the state of South Australia, has been understood for years; the leadership shown by Holdfast, Marion and Onkaparinga councils means SRWRA is now making this project a reality.”

The facility is expected to be operational by July 2021.

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