Turmec to build state-of-the-art construction waste processing facility in Brisbane.
Based in the Meath Gaeltacht of Rathcairn, Turmec has won a €30m contract to design, build and install a state-of-the-art construction waste processing solution for Rino Recycling at its Pinkenba facility near Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
Established in 1972, Turmec is a leading international provider of materials handling and recovery solutions to the waste processing sector. It specialises in the end-to-end design and build of complex waste separation and processing systems which are critical for large-scale, efficient waste processing and recycling plants.
“Our goal for the Pinkenba project is to match Rino’s ambition with a world-class, turn-key construction waste recycling facility that not alone provides market-leading landfill diversion rates, but also produces high quality recycled construction materials”
Turmec serves some of the largest waste management companies globally including Biffa, Suez and Powerday in the UK, Thorntons Recycling in Ireland, and Rino Recycling and Bingo Industries in Australia. The business employs 90 people operating from a 66,000 sq. ft manufacturing facility at Rathcairn that is exporting globally.
Meeting recycling demand
The new project will be one of the largest construction and demolition (C&D) waste recovery sites in Australia, designed to achieve market-leading landfill diversion and recovery rates of up to 99% and with a processing capacity of 475 tonnes per hour.
Recovered C&D materials will be recycled by Rino Recycling into a range of high-quality sand, fill, road bases and aggregate materials which will be supplied back into new construction projects.
The Pinkenba project forms part of a multi-million Australian dollar capital investment programme by Rino Recycling to meet growing demand for materials recovery and recycling in South East Queensland. This comes on the back of Australian government environmental regulations to support increased recovery rates and diversion from landfill, including a new landfill levy in Queensland which is planned to increase annually.
“Our goal for the Pinkenba project is to match Rino’s ambition with a world-class, turn-key construction waste recycling facility that not alone provides market-leading landfill diversion rates, but also produces high quality recycled construction materials that will go back into an extraordinary pipeline of construction projects around Brisbane that are already underway, and planned over the next 10 years,” said Turmec CEO Geoff Bailey.
Significant growth in construction activities as part of a 25-year development plan for the region is also driving recycling demand for waste construction materials, including major transportation, port and waterfront development and leisure facilities in and around Brisbane. High levels of construction activities are expected to continue in preparation for Olympic Games which will be hosted by Brisbane in 2032.
Working with its Australian sales partners, the Environmental Group Limited (EGL), which promotes Turmec products and services and supports the delivery of its turnkey solutions including aftersales services, this project follows Turmec’s successful delivery of a major waste construction materials processing facility for Bingo Industries at Eastern Creek just outside Sydney in 2021. Turmec is currently progressing waste processing and recycling projects in Ireland, the United Kingdom and Australia.
Turmec will work with its project partners, Northern Ireland group, CDE, which will be providing the materials wet processing elements of the project.
“Rino Recycling is excited to bring a renewed vision and passion for revolutionising the waste industry and developing a world-class resource recovery business in Brisbane,” said Rino Recycling general manager and project leader Daniel Blaser.
“Determined to lead the charge for a circular economy and become a world leader in recovery rates, quality of products recycled, construction materials produced, integration and automation, we identified the need to upscale the operation – and central to successfully scaling the business is investing in best-in-class technology to automate and remove the requirement for manually handling of material.
“The completion of this integrated hybrid plant will be the first of its type around the world and will pave the way for the future of recycling.”