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Bulla Organics Facility: From bin to vineyard - Turning green waste into high-grade compost


In 2013, Veolia unveiled a new organic green waste facility that will use state-of-the-art technology to turn thousands of tonnes of green waste into high-grade compost for agricultural and commercial purposes.

Bulla Organics Facility

THE CHALLENGE

With Melbourne’s ever increasing population comes the challenge of dealing with ever increasing amounts of waste generated from the city’s inhabitants. At the same time, reducing the need to develop new landfill sites for waste processing has never been greater given their impact on the environment.

 

THE SOLUTION

In 2013, Veolia unveiled a new organic green waste facility that will use state-of-the-art technology to turn thousands of tonnes of green waste into high-grade compost for agricultural and commercial purposes.

The facility, located at Bulla, 30km from Melbourne, cost $15 million to build and is currently the most technologically advanced and efficient organic facility within Australia.

The new facility will produce compost from green waste delivered through a 15 year agreement with the Metropolitan Waste Management Group and 11 participating councils in the north and west of Melbourne.

 

THE RESULT

Bulla will process on average about 85,000 tonnes of green waste every year, including bush trimmings, lawn clippings and small tree parts; turning this waste into approximately 60,000 tonnes of high-grade compost, which will in turn be sold to commercial operators, such as those in commercial scale horticulture and metropolitan soil markets.
 

Doug Dean
Managing Director, Veolia Australia and New Zealand:
“It is a great example of sustainability that will also help reduce the need for new landfills in the region. Importantly, the process to be used at the new facility is aerobic, which means it avoids the generation of methane. Methane is a greenhouse gas that is released naturally if the waste was simply disposed in a landfill. Turning this green waste into a useful product such as high-grade compost not only makes business sense but it is also good news for the environment. That is why Veolia is continuing to invest in new technologies at a local level as part of our long-standing commitment to turning waste into a resource across Australia.”



 

KEY FIGURES

  • Process on average about 85,000 tonnes of green waste every year
  • Turning this waste into 60,000 tonnes of high-grade compost