QLD’s Largest Construction and Demolition Recycling Plant to Open at Pinkenba

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Did you know that a state-of-the-art plant capable of processing over one million tonnes of construction and demolition waste annually will be built in Pinkenba?

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In a major boost for recycling in Queensland, the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) will help develop the State’s flagship construction and demolition recycling plant at Pinkenba.

The plant is projected to deliver over 55,000 tonnes of carbon abatement annually by recycling waste instead of sending it to landfills, equivalent to taking almost 12,000 cars off the road. Processed waste includes concrete, excavation material, and skip bin waste that would otherwise end up in landfills.

With a recovery rate of over 90 percent, the recycling plant will give recycled construction materials a new life, reducing the need for new quarrying and production.

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To be operated by Rino Recycling, the flagship facility represents the largest single investment made through the CEFC’s $100-million Australian Recycling Investment Fund. It is expected to divert valuable resources from landfills and produce higher quality recycled construction materials for reuse.

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“What is unique about this plant is that it is fully automated and able to handle many and various waste streams through the plant efficiently, separating the products effectively and creating valuable outputs without the need to rehandle or reprocess,” Rino Recycling General Manager Daniel Blaser said.

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According to Ian Learmonth, CEO at CEFC, the facility will accelerate Queensland’s transition to a circular economy by deploying the best recycling technologies. 

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“It offers an opportunity to deliver important infrastructure to Queensland and comes at a critical time for Brisbane, with the city on the cusp of a construction boom in the countdown to the 2032 Olympics,” Mr Learmonth said.

Rino Recycling Director Todd Pepper highlighted Brisbane’s massive projected growth and construction leading up to the 2032 Olympics as a major recycling opportunity.

“The potential for recycling building material in these construction projects is very large,” he said. “This facility will not only help South-east Queensland achieve its Olympics commitments but preserve finite resources by recycling existing materials first.”

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The Queensland Government’s landfill levy, introduced in 2019, helped make the facility commercially viable. The levy is set to nearly double by 2027, further boosting recycling.

Published 18-July-2023