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

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.

“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.

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

Ships Diverted To New Terminal in Pinkenba As Portside Wharf Closed

The closure of Brisbane’s Portside Wharf has prompted ships and cruise lines such as Regent Seven Sea Cruises, Silversea, and Viking to look for alternative arrangements, particularly now that the 2022/2023 cruise season has officially started.  The diversion to the new Brisbane International Cruise Terminal in Pinkenba is part of preparations for a hefty makeover.

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Brisbane International Cruise Terminal was completed in 2020, but due to two years of uncertainty brought by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Pinkenba facility was only opened in June 2022.

Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas preparing to leave BICT (Photo credit: R V/Google Maps)

Brisbane’s new international terminal, following discussions with cruise lines, is reportedly looking forward to welcoming some additional cruise visits in their facility. 

Photo credit: Brisbane International Cruise Terminal/Google Maps

Since then, Queensland’s first dedicated cruise facility has welcomed a few high-end ships, including Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas and Holland America Line’s Noordam.

Meanwhile, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia worries that any last-minute changes to itineraries will cause disruption to thousands of guests and affect the cruise industry as it strives to restore the country’s cruise economy. 

One of travellers’ concerns about BICT is that it’s not currently connected to public transport.

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In response to this concern, Port of Brisbane said that the issue about public transport is the responsibility of the state and local government.

“While the BICT itself doesn’t provide shuttles, we recommend passengers contact their cruise lines directly to see if they provide any services for their passengers,” Port of Brisbane stated on social media.

Portside Wharf Makeover

Artist’s impression of Portside Wharf’s makeover (Photo credit: https://www.portsidewharf.com.au/)

Portside Wharf has closed as part of its preparation for its $20 million extensive makeover, which is set to begin in late 2022 and finalised by December 2023.

Cavill Architects Practice Director Andrew D’Occhio and Urbis Senior Designer Lorena Garcia Martin said the investment would herald a new future for Portside Wharf by drawing on its rich legacy.

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New tenancies, such as dining, retail and entertainment sub-precincts and areas dedicated to lifestyle and wellness convenience and premium boutiques will be established as part of the Portside Wharf’s major redevelopment.