Second life for kerbside waste
Melbourne’s South Eastern Organics Processing Facility is on track to convert around 12,000 truckloads of household garden and food waste, drawn from council kerbside green waste collections, into up to 50,000 tonnes of high-grade compost each year. By treating the organic waste produced by eight Melbourne councils, the plant is expected to abate more than 65,000 tonnes of carbon emissions annually. The Sacyr Group opened the plant in May 2019, drawing on $38 million in CEFC finance. The fully enclosed in-vessel aerobic composting and maturation plant is expected to operate for 15 years. It will produce compost for use in local parks and gardens, as well as in horticulture, landscaping and agriculture, substantially reducing landfill and emissions.