Environmental & Sustainability Initiatives


Organic


  • Dedicated Green Pointed collection recycling facility.
  • Around 50% (11,000 tonnes) our waste is organic.
  • Four full time staff advise, educate and manage organic waste.
  • Tenant education to source separate.
  • Organic waste is transported to an anaerobic digester facility where waste is turned into green energy and fertiliser.

Polystyrene


  • 50 tonnes of polystyrene collected and recycled annually. (500 truck loads)
  • Polystyrene is recycled on site
  • Product is reduced by 90 times from its original size.
  • End product is exported to Korea and re-moulded into products such as picture frames, building products and kitchen cupboards.

Cardboard and Paper


  • Tenant co-operation is critical to our collection programme.
  • Education process was critical for stakeholders to separate cardboard from other waste streams.
  • Our waste contractor physically collects cardboard from the entire site seven days per week.
  • Over 1,400 tonnes of cardboard are recycled each year.
  • Why do we do it? Escalating costs of landfill compared with collection of cardboard is a logistical solution.
  • Cost savings of $430K p.a.

Timber


  • There are cost efficiencies to separate pallets out of the waste streams.
  • 1200 tonnes of pallets were recycled in the past year.
  • Pallets in good condition are re-used by internal and external companies.
  • The damaged pallets are sent away for shredding into garden mulch and bedding for poultry farms.

Steel


  • Around 30 tonnes of steel is collected annually.
  • Sims Metal recycles waste steel into new products.

Concrete

  • Over $1M is spent on repairing roadways within the Sydney Markets site every year.
  • Old concrete slabs are recycled and used for road base for all new concrete slabs.

Plastic


  • Plastic is used for packaging of product and securing boxes on pallets.
  • Plastic waste is collected out of the waste stream because it does not break down quickly and does not mix well with organic waste.
  • We collect over 50 tonnes of plastic each year.
  • The plastic product is sold and recycled into many other plastic products.

General Waste


  • Following the separation process, what remains is general waste.
  • The remaining 40% (6,000 tonnes) of general waste is sent to a bioreactor facility.
  • Over 92% of the methane gases are captured at this facility.
  • Sydney Markets has contributed 1800 megawatt hours of renewable energy through waste processing at the Bioreactor and the anaerobic digestion facility. This is equivalent to powering 247 homes for one year.