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Ministerial visit to our state-of-the-art Composting facility in Dandenong South – Melbourne

By August 8, 2018 Australia, WTT News

We couldn’t be prouder of all the media attention this new state-of-the-art In-Vessel Composting facility in Dandenong South – Melbourne Australia has received last week! We have received media attention and positive feedback following a site visit (2nd August 2018) from Josh Frydenberg, Minister of Energy and Environment of Australia; Rob Millard, CEO of MWRRG; Ian Learmonth, CEO of CEFC. 


This flagship project seamlessly follows WTT’s Australian strategy after opening a local subsidiary office in early 2018 combined with 20 years of experience in design and construction of advanced waste treatment facilities that turn waste into resources. WTT has expanded to North American, China and Australia delivering cost-effective solutions and reducing our carbon footprint.


WTT was contracted in 2017 by SACYR to engineer, construct and commission a 120,000 tonnes per year In-Vessel Composting (IVC) facility. The plant is designed to process a mixture of Food and Garden Organics (Green + FoGo). WTT’s scope of works comprises, 12 IVC tunnels and the complete facility air and water treatment systems. All aspects are controlled and monitored through WTT’s fully automated SCADA system.  This ensures the composting system meets Australian Standards and EPA requirements. Each tunnel batch will be pasteurized killing pathogens, seeds and weeds before the material is transferred to the maturation area.


WTT was founded in 1996 and has built over 125 turn-key waste facilities, both containing mechanical and biological solutions and has an installed base of over 1200 IVC tunnels.


WTT’s reference facilities combined, treat more waste than the total yearly generated MSW in Australia!

 Minister of Energy and Environment Josh Frydenberg said: “This facility alone, which will be the most advanced of its type in Victoria, can process around 12,000 truckloads of waste per year. It means food and organic waste produced by south east Melbourne residents will not end up in landfill and will instead produce high-grade compost for our gardens and parks. By reducing the amount of waste going to landfill, the facility is expected to abate more than 65,000 tonnes of CO2-e emissions per year – the equivalent of removing almost 14,000 cars from the road per year.”


Food and green waste make up an estimated 42% of landfill from Australia’s municipal, commercial and industrial waste. The new Melbourne plant will provide part of the organic waste solution for 8 of the 31 councils whose waste streams are coordinated by the Victorian Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group (MWRRG).


CEFC CEO Ian Learmonth said: “We look right across the economy to identify finance opportunities to reduce Australia’s emissions, and we’re pleased to be making our first project investment to help councils and communities tackle emissions from their organic waste. When organic waste, such as food and green waste, ends up in landfill it breaks down and produces methane. With this technology, councils can avoid those emissions by turning their organic waste into re-usable compost, while also reducing our unsustainable reliance on landfill as a waste disposal option.”


CEFC Bioenergy Sector lead Henry Anning said the CEFC finance model for the Melbourne project was an industry first, providing councils with access to a project financing structure that has rarely been leveraged across local government.

The innovative approach means that large-scale investment can proceed on the basis of revenues from gate fees.

Mr Anning added: “Australia’s waste sector is facing enormous challenges, because of the growing amount of waste we produce as well as increasing community concerns about the way we handle that waste.  This new Melbourne facility provides us with a practical and proven way to turn organic waste into a re-usable commodity at the same time as avoiding harmful emissions.”