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 2019 and the facility is expected to be fully operational by late 2021.
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.