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MRF Takes Control of our Recycling

Yesterday the Cities of Port Adelaide Enfield and Charles Sturt turned the first sod to commence construction of our Material Recovery Facility (MRF) to process our kerbside recyclables. This project sends an important message to our residents, that we are serious about providing leadership in waste management and ensuring that your waste is being recycled as it should be.
The establishment of the MRF will enable us to take control of how we process and dispose of recyclable material, while adding value to the circular economy, creating new products from old materials. With so much focus on the impact we all have on the future of the planet, being able to lead the charge in recycling is so important for our communities.
With construction being undertaken by local business Pascale Construction, the project will not only create local jobs during the building phase, but also provide up to 20 ongoing jobs to operate the facility once it is completed. The MRF will also provide the opportunity to partner with local businesses to buy locally made recycled products.
Currently, both Councils outsource our recyclables processing to the private sector. This has limited how we are able to manage our waste, and how we can respond effectively and timely to the significant fluctuations and uncertainty in this market sector. The State Government’s Solid Waste Levy increase has also contributed to increasing costs to the sector and resulted in significant cost increases to Councils.
This new MRF will enable both Councils to directly demonstrate to our ratepayers how we process and sell our recyclable materials, so we can be more accountable to them about how their rates are spent, and where their recycling goes.
This collaborative project between two neighbouring Councils is part of our commitment to work together to find the best solutions to make improvements for our communities.
The new state-of-the-art MRF facility will be completed in early 2021, and will provide a continuous, affordable, stable and sustainable service for residents of the Cities of Port Adelaide Enfield and Charles Sturt. Located on land at Mill Court in Kilburn, the MRF will cost an estimated $24 million to build. These costs will be shared equally between the two councils through the Central Adelaide Waste and Recycling Authority (CAWRA), the Local Government Regional Subsidiary established for this purpose.

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