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Innovation to stamp out landfill

by Citywide | 05.11.2014
Citywide Service Solutions is among the first in Victoria to introduce new technology in a bid to stop sending polystyrene to landfill. The move is part of the providers push to become leaders in bringing sustainable environmental consciousness to its operations.
Citywide uses the polystyrene machine at Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Market, where they have serviced the bustling iconic city market since 2006.

Operations Manager Talal Kassam says the new compactor is a major coup for the company who utilise advanced waste technology to guarantee efficient refuse disposal and recycling.

“It is part of our move towards zero waste to landfill,” Mr Kassam said.

“Our clients from both government and private sectors are coming to us knowing our team can help them reach emission reduction targets.”


The Expanded Polystyrene compaction machine breaks down all polystyrene boxes.

It’s then shredded and turned into a compact square weighing 19 kilograms.

A partnering recycling plant then ships it abroad where it is used as artificial timber. Polystyrene lids are also collected and stored for pick up by another partnering reclycling plant where the lids are used as a backing surface for pictures to be printed on.

Citywide Queen Victoria Market staff members have welcomed the initiative designed to save both time and money.

“One of the biggest issues we had is not having a sustainable solution for the polystyrene waste, that we were happy to put our name too,” Mr Kassam said.

“It took up a lot of space and for us it’s about how do we ensure we leave a sustainable environmental footprint.”

Citywide recently had its contract renewed for another two years to completely integrate waste service solutions at Melbourne’s favourite market.

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