Shoalhaven Resource Recovery Facility (RRF)

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Advanced Recycling Technology for the Shoalhaven

Funded, built and operated by Bioelektra

The Shoalhaven is running out of landfilling space. Within 10 years our West Nowra landfill facility will reach capacity.

As a result, Shoalhaven City Council has undergone an extensive process of consulting with industry experts to find an economically and environmentally sound solution to a waste problem that faces local governments across Australia.

Household mixed-waste (red lid bins) in the Shoalhaven will soon be processed at a new facility in West Nowra – The West Nowra Resource Recovery Facility (RRF). The RRF will be funded, built and operated by Bioeleckra.

This state of the art facility will be Australia’s first Advanced Waste Treatment plant capable of diverting over 90% of Mixed Waste from landfill. Everything that can be reused or recycled is extracted in one process.

The new Resource Recovery Facility (RRF) will be constructed on Council owned land adjacent to the current West Nowra Landfill site. Works will commence in 2022 and the facility is expected to be fully operational by late 2023.

The following video explains the technology the new facility will use.

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Advanced Recycling Technology for the Shoalhaven

Funded, built and operated by Bioelektra

The Shoalhaven is running out of landfilling space. Within 10 years our West Nowra landfill facility will reach capacity.

As a result, Shoalhaven City Council has undergone an extensive process of consulting with industry experts to find an economically and environmentally sound solution to a waste problem that faces local governments across Australia.

Household mixed-waste (red lid bins) in the Shoalhaven will soon be processed at a new facility in West Nowra – The West Nowra Resource Recovery Facility (RRF). The RRF will be funded, built and operated by Bioeleckra.

This state of the art facility will be Australia’s first Advanced Waste Treatment plant capable of diverting over 90% of Mixed Waste from landfill. Everything that can be reused or recycled is extracted in one process.

The new Resource Recovery Facility (RRF) will be constructed on Council owned land adjacent to the current West Nowra Landfill site. Works will commence in 2022 and the facility is expected to be fully operational by late 2023.

The following video explains the technology the new facility will use.

Want to find out more?

Further information on this project is provided via the:

Check out the News Feed below for the latest project update.

To keep abreast of the latest news, subscribe for project updates via the "Stay Informed" button located on this page. Project subscribers will receive email notification when a new article is added to the News Feed.

  • Response to Submissions Report to DPIE

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    Bioelektra have prepared a Response to Submissions which will be provided to DPIE this week. The response will also be provided to stakeholders to confirm that their concerns have been addressed, prior to issuing any approvals and finalising the approval conditions.

    Council is comfortable with the way the process is progressing and the responses to technical matters related to the development by Bioelektra and expects that appropriate Consent Conditions will be available in September 2021.

    In preparation for the consent approval, Bioelektra have advertised tenders for the construction of the building.

    Once consent is received, Bioelektra and Council will be in a position to publicly discuss the project construction and commencement timetable.

  • West Nowra RRF Stage 2 - Project Update

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    Concept approval for the West Nowra Waste Facility (under SSD 7105) was granted by the NSW Government in August 2016. The Stage 2 Development Application is a State Significant Development (SSD) and is currently under assessment by the Department of Planning.

    The public exhibition period has been completed with 11 submissions received from the public, organisations and public authorities.

    WaterNSW, the Biodiversity and Conservation Division of DPIE, Roads and Maritime Service, Transport for NSW, Crown Lands, Heritage NSW, and the public submission support the development as drafted.

    Fire and Rescue NSW, Shoalhaven City Council, Environmental Protection Authority and Endeavour Energy either asked for additional information or provided recommendations on specific conditions to incorporate in the final approval.

    The results of these submissions are summarised in a DPIE letter to Bioelektra dated 22 July 2021.

    Bioelektra continue to provide responses to technical matters related to the development to enable DPIE to finalise Consent Conditions in September 2021.

  • West Nowra RRF Stage 2 - Public Exhibition

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    Construction and operation of stage 2 of the West Nowra Resource Recovery Park, comprising a resource recovery facility for treatment of up to 130,000 tonnes per year of mixed municipal waste.

    The application for State significant development (SSD), Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and accompanying documents were on public exhibition until Monday, 12 July 2021.

    For more information, including accessing the documents and *making a submission, please visit the Department of Planning and Environment website.

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  • An Australian First in Waste Management

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    22 January 2019

    Shoalhaven City Council is entering into a long-term contract with  Bioelektra Australia Pty Ltd to build and operate a new waste processing facility that uses state of the art technology to provide an environmentally sound solution to a landfill problem that all local governments in Australia face.

    The new Resource Recovery Facility (RRF) will be constructed on Council owned land adjacent to the current West Nowra Landfill site. Works will commence in 2020 and the facility is expected to be fully operational by late 2022.

    At the October 2018 Ordinary Meeting, Council resolved unanimously to adopt the new technology which will be an Australian first in waste management.

    The Shoalhaven, much like other council areas are running out of landfill space and in 12 years time it is predicted we will reach capacity at our West Nowra Landfill Facility.

    The new facility will be a giant leap forward for how Shoalhaven manages waste that would otherwise end up in the landfill.

    This state-of-the-art facility will be Australia’s first Advanced Treatment plant capable of diverting 90 per cent of mixed waste from the landfill. Everything that can be reused or recycled will be extracted in one process.

    For Shoalhaven residents, this will mean no change in the way that they manage their own household waste.

    The introduction of this new facility is projected to extend the landfill life of the Shoalhaven to more than 50 years.