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Federal funding to boost local recycling and jobs

Thursday 1 April 2021

Recyclable waste from Holdfast Bay will soon be processed through a new best-practice recycling facility at Seaford Heights, to help maximise the value of material in yellow household bins.

The move will also support the Australian Government's commitment to boost the nation’s recycling capacity and stop the international export of low-value material.

The Southern Materials Recovery Facility, which will operate from the Southern Region Waste Resource Authority, will process at least 31,000 tonnes of yellow bin recyclables each year.

A $5.35 million funding boost from the Australian Government, through the Community Development Grant Programme, will allow the new facility to double its capacity to 61,000 tonnes.

This will allow the new facility to service other regional councils and commercial businesses from the surrounding area, and help to create a more resilient recycling sector for all of South Australia.

The SMRF is a joint initiative of Australian recycling and resource recovery specialist, Re.Group, and the Southern Region Waste Resource Authority (SRWRA), a joint

subsidiary of three South Australian local councils – the City of Holdfast Bay, the City of Onkaparinga and the City of Marion.

“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 fully delivered and operational in the second half of 2021,” SRWRA Chair Mark Booth said.

“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 can now make this project a reality.”

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.

“I'd also like to thank outgoing Federal Member for Boothby Nicolle Flint for her huge efforts in championing funding to support this project, which is set to be one of the state's most significant environmental initiatives.”

The facility is expected to be operational by the end of June, 2021.

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