Leading infrastructure and environmental services provider Citywide unveiled today Australia’s first street sweeping recycling plant with the capacity to recycle 12,000 tonnes of street sweeping material per year; the equivalent of 240,000 green waste bins.
Located in central Melbourne, the leading edge facility will divert up to 80 per cent of collected waste away from landfill for reuse and recycling. Until now, all street sweeping waste has gone directly to landfill.
The plant was officially opened today by the Lord Mayor of Melbourne, The Hon Robert Doyle at Citywide’s Dynon Road Waste Management Facility in West Melbourne. The Lord Mayor was joined by Citywide Chairman, John Brumby, along with the representatives of a number of local councils including City of Yarra, City of Port Phillip and City of Whitehorse.
Citywide Acting Chief Executive Officer, John Collins said the plant sets the benchmark for environmentally sustainable street sweeping recycling.
“The recycling plant will deliver a range of environmental benefits on behalf of the community as a whole,” said Mr Collins. “Diverting waste from landfill reduces greenhouse gas emissions and Citywide’s street sweeping recycling plant takes this one step further by processing collected waste to create valuable by-products with multiple uses.”
Citywide Group Manager Infrastructure and Environment, Matthew Whelan said the opening of the recycling plant in Melbourne would pave the way for bringing the market leading, sustainable solution to customers and communities.
“This type of technology is commonplace in the UK and Europe, but it’s the first time we’ve seen it in Australia,” he said.
Citywide Chairman, John Brumby, said the recycling plant demonstrates the strong focus Citywide is taking on environmental and infrastructure services.
“The recycling plant is a clear demonstration that Citywide is a leader in the field of environmental services and infrastructure,” he said.
The Lord Mayor of Melbourne, The Hon Robert Doyle, said the launch of the recycling plant will help the City of Melbourne deliver on its ambitious targets to minimise greenhouse gas emissions, water use and waste generation.
“At the City of Melbourne we are proud of the innovation that Citywide has shown in this project of national significance,” he said.
Citywide delivers civil infrastructure, open space and environmental services in Victoria, the ACT, New South Wales and Queensland. It is focused on providing sustainable solutions for its customers, the community and the environment.