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NSROC: Achieving resource recovery targets at a minimum cost and investment


NSROC Councils awarded Veolia a 10-year MSW processing contract valued at $200 million that commenced in 2015.

THE CHALLENGE

Northern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (NSROC) faced increased waste disposal issues from a growing population and a decrease in availability of disposal sites.
NSROC needed an environmental solutions provider to help achieve its resource recovery targets at a minimum cost.

 

THE SOLUTION

NSROC awarded Veolia a 10-year MSW processing contract valued at $200 million that commenced in 2015.  
The contract will see up to 280,000 tonnes of waste materials diverted from landfill and converted into compost and fuel, using new mechanical biological treatment (MBT) technology at Veolia’s Woodlawn site.

Veolia’s solution for NSROC includes:
  • Short term competitive landfill solution.
  • An increase in the capacity of the Woodlawn Mechanical Biological Treatment (WoMBaT) facility to process 35% of NSROC’s waste.
  • Development of a Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) from residues to deliver a future energy from waste solution.
  • Disposal of remaining waste to Woodlawn’s bioreactor for additional energy recovery and to minimise overall costs.

THE RESULT

  • Reductions of current waste disposal costs are achieved with a short term landfill solution.
  • Treating only the minimum tonnages required over the life of the contract.
  • Achieving more diversion per treated tonne by delivering an RDF solution on the residual waste.
  • Reduced procurement costs of each council.
  • Cuts ‘red tape’ through a single point of management between NSROC and Veolia.
  • Incremental investment in already planned new technology
  • Converting waste into resources; compost and refuse derived fuel.
  • A long term sustainable solution for council waste and a long term commitment to our Woodlawn investment.

KEY FIGURES

  • Annual savings of up to $2 million through efficiencies.
  • Achieving the NSW Government target of 70% of total municipal waste diverted from landfill.
  • Woodlawn Mechanical Biological Treatment (WoMBaT) facility to process 35% of NSROC’s waste.

Richard Quinn
Hunters Hill Mayor:
“This new contract represents a win-win for the community and the environment. It will deliver substantial annual savings over the course of the ten-year contract, the community will receive better value for every tonne of material recycled, and by removing duplication, costs are cut.”

 
 

Mark Taylor
Veolia Australia and New Zealand:
“Veolia has approvals in place for immediate investment in Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT) with the construction of new waste facilities already underway at Woodlawn in southern NSW and are finalising approvals for a Dry Waste Recycling Facility in Camellia, Sydney. The new MBT plant will deliver over 80% resource recovery from household waste through production of compost from the organic fraction and a Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) from the residual inorganic fraction.  The Camellia Recycling Facility will deliver similar diversion from landfill from Council ‘Clean Up’ wastes through separation of recyclable commodities and production of RDF.”