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Cutting-edge recycling facility puts focus on construction waste

Wednesday 14 December 2022

Construction of a new Material Recovery Facility (MRF) at the Albury Waste Management Centre (AWMC) is set to begin in early 2023, designed to substantially increase the amount of construction and demolition material that is diverted from landfill.

The AWMC is the region’s major waste disposal facility, offering a range of recycling, resource recovery and waste management initiatives. The facility services 170,000 people from the surrounding local government areas of Albury, Wodonga, Federation, Indigo, Greater Hume and Towong.

In 2010, these Council's joined forces to establish the ‘Halve Waste’ initiative, with the goal of achieving a 75% reduction of material to landfill by 2025.

Since the start of the initiative, this campaign has seen the AWMC divert:

  • 51% of  general waste
  • 15% of construction and demolition waste (excluding clean fill material)
  • Less than 1% of commercial and industrial waste

Overall, 53% of all material dropped off at the AWMC is diverted from landfill and recycled or recovered for other purposes. This achievement sees AlburyCity with one of the highest waste diversion rates in NSW.

Although the diversion rates for construction and demolition waste is not insignificant, there is substantial opportunity to improve, and the new MRF will enable the recovery of up to a huge 80% of construction and demolition material... including bricks, timber, metals, concrete, cardboard, hard plastics and more.

AlburyCity Mayor Kylie King said the introduction of the new MRF will create many positive benefits for our community and local environment.

"The MRF will contribute to extending the landfill's life span, improve the visitor experience through the ease of resource recovery and waste disposal, and provide a safer environment for employees," Mayor King said.

The MRF is expected to be up and running at the end of 2023.

The project is supported by funding through the NSW Environmental Protection Authority's Major Resource Recovery Infrastructure Grants Program.

To find out more, visit the AlburyCity website.