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Community meeting about new recycling facility

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The GHD group is holding a community engagement session about its proposal to build a recycling and reprocessing facility at Moss Vale

If approved the facility would be situated in the enterprise zone at 74 - 76 Beaconsfield Road.

GHD is currently in the final stages of preparing the Environmental Impact Statement.

The Community engagement session is happening at the Moss Vale Services Club on Thursday November 18 between 5:30pm and 7:30pm.

To register click here .

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Plenty of emotion at community engagement session


There was plenty of feeling at a recent community engagement session regarding a proposal to build a large plastic recycling facility on Beaconsfield Road in Moss Vale.

Around 200 people attended the meeting at the Moss Vale Services Club.

Residents claim they had to write their questions out beforehand and then representatives from Plasrefine chose which ones they wanted to answer.

Local resident David Baxter said they have a number of concerns which need to be addressed.

"Mostly about the pollution that it could cause and water issues,

"The traffic is probably the biggest concern,"Mr. Baxter said.

Image: Plasrefine Recycling Pty Ltd


Shoalhaven a world leader in recycling


The Shoalhaven is using world-leading technology to process and recycle waste that was once destined for landfill.

Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley was at the West Nowra waste and recycling depot yesterday to look specifically at the Microfactorie that will turn waste products into green ceramics that can be used for kitchen benches, tabletops, tiles and furnishings.

It is the brainchild of Professor Veena Sahajwalla, Director of the Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology at the University of NSW, which developed the Microfactorie technology.


She offered enthusiastic support for all the work being done ion the Shoalhaven, describing it as "world leading".

"It's an absolute model, as the Minister refers to it," Professor Sahajwalla told the gathering.

"It's an opportunity to really feel proud of the fact that we're at the cutting edge of the global frontier when it comes to recycling, remanufacturing, and showing we can make products like green ceramics - all those difficult materials like waste textiles that then can be used as part of green ceramics is really something that we're leading the world in this place."


Ms Ley was clearly impressed by the scope of recycling work being carried out.

“The Microfactorie will be the first local government facility of its kind in Australia to recycle waste like mattresses and glass into green ceramics in the Shoalhaven and Illawarra,” she said.

“The green ceramics produced here will be used as kitchen benches, tabletops, tiles, furnishings and other applications in council construction projects around the region.

“Shoalhaven City Council has bolstered its reputation as an early adopter of innovative and scalable waste solutions in its decision to partner with the University of NSW Sustainable Materials Research and Technology Centre," Ms Ley said.


“This innovative project will use science-based waste solutions to manage local waste and the learnings from the Microfactorie will be shared with other local councils around Australia through the Government’s National Environmental Science Program’s Waste Hub.”

 While the visit was focused on the Microfactorie, Ms Ley was shown the range of other recycling programs and innovations happening at the depot.

There's waste glass being turned into sand for roads and concrete, polystyrene being turned into materials used in paving or building,  and 42 tonnes of plastics a year being turned into products including filament for 3D printing.


Council's waste coordinator Peter Windley said most things could be recycled.

"We've got quite a few projects happening at the moment and they all involve resource recovery and re-use of what would traditionally be called waste items," he said.

"We have the Bioelektra project which is looking to recycle everything that goes into the kerbside red bin, we're also building materials recovery facility which recovers all the waste products put into the yellow bin, we're building the Microfactorie out the back here, and we're just finishing off the final touches of our glass plant," Mr Windley said.

Senator for New South Wales Jim Molan praised the scope of work Shoalhaven City Council was undertaking.

“This innovative project is not just good for the environment, it will be good for local jobs, and it will be good for the local economy,” Senator Molan said.

Images: Glenn Ellard

Waste glass constructing Shoalhaven roads


Shoalhaven City Council in partnership with Fulton Hogan is ensuring the region's discarded glass has a second life.  

Fulton Hogan has recently received full approval to utilise recycled glass sand produced from waste glass at Council's  West Nowra Waste facility. 

Fulton Hogan will use the glass sand in its asphalt mixes for constructing roads across the Shoalhaven.  

Shoalhaven City Council Mayor Amanda Findley said the new waste facility at West Nowra can create a premium glass sand mixture that is suitable for Fulton Hogan projects.  

“Our West Nowra Waste Facility has the ability to produce a quality recycled glass sand which can be incorporated into asphalt mixes, not only in the local region but also for all of Fulton Hogan’s future projects.” Clr Findley said.  

Fulton Hogan has agreed to use Shoalhaven recycled glass in any mix that may be remaining in the current supply and lay contract with Council, as well as all remaining asphalt on the  Nowra Bridge Project for Transport for NSW. 


“Using this process, it is estimated that we can save annually almost two-and-a-half million glass bottles from landfill in the Shoalhaven on council roads, together with more than Five million glass bottles being reused on the Nowra Bridge Project,” Clr Findley said.  

The amount of glass in mixes can be up to five percent in wearing course mixes, and fifteen percent in lower course mixes. 

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West Nowra waste pioneer wins state's top award


The woman behind the microfactorie turning waste materials into green ceramics at the West Nowra Waste and Recycling Centre, Professor Veena Sahajwalla, has been named 2022 NSW Australian of the Year.

The founding director of the Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology at the University of New South Wales was one of four nominees for the honour, but was named the winner last night at Luna Park.

The materials scientist, engineer and inventor was recognised for the way she collaborates with leading universities and institutions, along with industry and community groups, to turn recycling science into solutions with real-world environmental and economic benefits.


And the microfactorie at West Nowra that turns waste glass and old mattresses into green ceramics is just one of the innovations she has developed.


Veena is best known for her invention of polymer injection technology, known as green steel.

She leads two national research and industrial transformation hubs, the ARC Microrecycling Research Hub and the National Environmental Science Program Sustainable Communities and Waste Hub.

Veena is also a judge on ABC TV’s The New Inventors and has appeared on Q+AThe DrumWar on Waste and Australian Story.

She’s been instrumental in raising the profile of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) in Australia, enhancing public understanding of its importance.

She will join other state winners in Canberra  during January when the national award winners are announced.

Image: Glenn Ellard