Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts Waste Technology and Innovation Study



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UR-3R50

ORRF

Bedminster

BioMass Solutions

EarthPower

Operator

Global Renewables Limited (GRL)

Remondis

Sita

Sita

SMRC

BioMass Solutuions

EarthPower, joint venture between Veolia and Transpacific

Location

Eastern Creek, Sydney, NSW

Port Macquarie, NSW

Port Stephens NSW

Cairns, Qld

Canning Vale, Perth, WA

Coffs Harbour, NSW

Camellia, Sydney, NSW

Commenced Operation

2004

2001

1999

2003

2004

2008

2001

Inputs

MSW

MSW and source separated organics + biosolids (optional)

MSW + biosolids (optional)

MSW and source separated organics + biosolids (optional)

Clean organic food waste and biosolids. Accepts only commercial waste

Type of technology

MBT, anaerobic digestion and composting.

Tunnel composting and static aerated pile composting.

Rotating drum digesters and static aerated floor maturation

Agitated aerated composting and autoclave process for mixed waste

Anaerobic digestion

Capacity

Up to 260,000 tonnes per year

Processes approximately 30,000 tonnes per year

Approximately 30,000 tonnes per year through single drum.

30,000 tonnes per year of mixed waste and 20,000 tonnes per year of food and garden organics




Size of existing facilities compared to expected throughput

High – modular process.

High –modular process. Each tunnel can process ~3,000 to 5,000 tonnes per year.

High – modular process.

High – modular process.




Technology maturity

Eastern Creek plant the first of this type but similar plant proposed for Lancashire, United Kingdom to process 600,000 tonnes.

Successfully operating since 2001. Many similar plants operating overseas.


Nine plants operating in North America and Japan and three in Australia are in Port Stephens. Technology in use for over 30 years

Similar plants in operation overseas, although none use both autoclaving and enclosed composting technologies together.







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