SYDNEY, Aug. 9 (Xinhua) -- Opened for just under two weeks, Australia's largest resource recovery facility has already received thousands of tons of materials for processing.
Co-owned by waste companies Cleanaway and ResourceCo, the new plant uses state of the art technology to transform garbage into power or other materials.
"We are providing solutions for companies in packaging, consumer goods, carpet and synthetic sports surfacing to name but a few," chief executive officer of sustainable energy at ResourceCo Ben Sawley explained on Thursday.
"It gives an alternative for landfill for 250,000 tons of waste materials that are generated in the New South Wales State market and secondly it helps us divert a significant amount of coal away from cement kilns."
Despite upheaval in Australia's waste management sector in recent years, Cleanaway general manager David Clancy believes there are now more opportunities than ever to manufacture and process waste materials into alternative and sustainable products.
"Long gone are the days when the only option for our customers and our industry was to take it to a landfill," he said.
"What we are looking at now is capturing some of those valuable resources and reusing them for other industries and other purposes."
The plant is expected to process 50,000 truckloads of waste per year.