Infrastructure improvements are progressing at Kembla Grange. A new pre-sort plant has been installed, product storage bays, biofilter and air management ductwork are underway, and demolition of the southern warehouse is completed.
The next phase of an $8million infrastructure works program has been completed at SOILCO’s Kembla Grange organics processing facility. The new presort plant is commissioned providing additional capacity across our two Kembla Grange sites.
Construction of four new in vessel composting tunnels can now begin following completion of the demolition works to the southern warehouse previously adjoining the neighbouring property. All external works including upgraded pavements, product storage bays and biofilter are complete. Air management ductwork installation continues to progress after the COVID construction stoppage caused some delay.
The works commenced in July 2020 and on completion, the increase in processing capacity will allow for 35,000 tonnes a year of food and garden organics (FOGO) materials to remain in Kembla Grange for manufacture into finished soil health products. Currently food, garden and timber waste received at the Kembla Grange transfer facility is transported 80 kilometres south to SOILCO’s Nowra manufacturing site.
SOILCO’s in-vessel composting processes and technologies enable Councils to save on logistics and transport costs by processing FOGO in strategic locations. The facility will provide further processing capacity to Wollongong City Council following an introduction of a new FOGO kerbside service in 2020.
“Our head office is now located in Kembla Grange where our in-house team manages all stages of project works from approval, design and construction to handover and operations,” said SOILCO Managing Director Charlie Emery.
“The additional in vessel composting capacity is on track to commence commissioning in March 2022 despite some COVID delays to the program. Start-up of the pre-sort plant during October 2021 will also provide our customers with comfort that the business is able to provide service continuity as the local economy reopens from the recent COVID lockdowns.”
In addition, we see the importance of utilising suppliers, contractors and materials sourced locally, providing investment and additional jobs in the Illawarra.
The project is being funded by the Environmental Trust as part of the NSW EPA’s Waste Less, Recycle More initiative.