Western Australia Minister for Environment Donna Faragher
Major New Glass Reprocessing Plant Opened With State Support
Victor P Taffa
Glass recycling will get a major boost in Western Australia with the launch today of a new reprocessing plant, the first of its kind in the State, in Kewdale.
In opening the new Colmax Glass facility during Keep Australia Beautiful Week, Environment Minister Donna Faragher said it was a positive step to managing waste and increasing recycling rates.
“This state-of-the-art complex transforms glass into high-value products suitable for a variety of practical uses, including bottle manufacture; insulation batts; surface coatings for road markings and swimming pools; blasting abrasives; filtration; and cement additives.” Mrs. Faragher said.
“The plant will initially divert 20,000 tonnes of glass each year, increasing to about 40,000 annually when fully operational, equivalent to 100-250 Million glass jars taken out of landfill.
“This significant project is co-funded by the State Government which contributed $1.95 Million through the WA Waste Authority. Industry through the National Packaging Covenant and Colmax Glass contributed the balance of the $5.4 Million Project.”
The Minister said the new plant would crush and clean waste glass which was previously sent interstate for processing.
“Before this plant was built, glass had to be transported to South Australia for processing and the transport costs and the fact that some of the material was not clean enough to be recycled meant much was simply placed in landfill.” Mrs. Faragher said.
“This situation was unacceptable for operators of material recovery facilities, for WA’s environment and its people, who are keen to recycle and make a positive difference.
“As part of the Liberal-National Government’s desire to reducing the waste stream, we are pleased to be able to process glass in our own State.”
Glass has an estimated life of one million years, is perfectly suited to recycling and may be recycled many times without loss of quality. Recycling a single glass jar saves enough energy to light a bulb for four hours.