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SA’s largest household recycling facility wins national waste industry award

Monday 31 Oct 2022
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The Southern Materials Recovery Facility (SMRF) – a joint council recycling initiative in the south involving the City of Marion – has taken out the “Outstanding Facility Award” at the national Waste Innovation and Recycling Awards.

These industry awards recognise excellence in the waste and resource recovery sector with the 2022 winners announced Wednesday night in Melbourne.

The Outstanding Facility Award is presented to a new infrastructure project that commenced operations in 2020 or 2021.

SMRF was officially opened in October 2021 and is a joint initiative of Australian recycling and resource recovery specialist, Re.Group, and the Southern Region Waste Resource Authority (SRWRA), a joint subsidiary of three South Australian councils – the City of Marion, the City of Onkaparinga and City of Holdfast Bay.

The SMRF is not only South Australia’s largest household recycling facility, it is home to world-leading advanced screening and optical and robotic sorting technologies funded by Federal and State Government grants.

The 4,400m2 facility has been designed to meet the highest standards of recycling purity to ensure nothing goes to waste. The use of recycled glass and sand from the facility in road and civil construction projects also supports the business goal of being a leader in the transition from recycling to a circular economy.

SMRF’s has the capacity to handle up to 60,000 tonnes of yellow-bin recyclables every year. Not only is the facility processing household recycling from the Cities of Marion, Onkaparinga and Holdfast Bay, it is processing recyclables from councils across the Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island, servicing more than 360,000 southern residents.

Image: The Southern Materials Recovery Facility at Seaford Heights won Australia’s Outstanding Facility Award at the Waste Innovation and Recycling Awards. Pictured at the awards ceremony are Mark Booth, Chairman Southern Region Waste Resource Authority (SRWRA); David Singh, Managing Director Re.Group; Kirk Richardson, Director City Operations, City of Onkaparinga; Chris Adams, Chief Executive SRWRA; Jenny Barnes, General Manager Operations Re.Group and Garth Lamb, Chief Development Officer Re.Group.

Not a Load of Rubbish! Recycling Facilities Tour

For those interested in seeing the Southern Materials Recovery Facility (SMRF) in person, we're currently offering a full tour of the facility on the 11 November.

When: 9 am to 3 pm
Where: Pick up and drop off from Cooinda Neighbourhood Centre, Sturt
Cost: $5 per person

For those interested you can register here: Not a Load of Rubbish! Recycling Facilities Tour

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