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Australia’s newest MRF is up and running!

November 7, 2021

Image: Southern Adelaide Materials Recovery Facility, Seaforth Heights. Source: Re.Group

Australia’s newest MRF is now up and running! Commissioning of the Southern Materials Recovery Facility (SMRF) ran right on schedule, a fantastic achievement given this is one of the most sophisticated facilities in Australia, completed at one of the hardest times in the world - the peak of the pandemic.

RDT’s design work demonstrates a leap in technological innovation to meet new quality standards, boasting a capacity to process 60,000t/annum. The facility has 7 optical sorting units to make three grades of fibre and 5 grades of plastic, with quality control robots on their way. While optical sorting technology has been used for a number of years, the performance of the equipment and its adaptability is exponentially enhanced at the SMRF.

The facility processes the total co-mingled recyclables from the SRWRA member councils; City of Onkaparinga, City of Holdfast Bay and City of Marion, with capacity to service even more councils. During his March visit, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said:

“Take a photo of that and send it to every other Council in Australia, that’s what they all should be doing.”