New recycling plant on the Fleurieu Peninsula to create at least 20 new jobs

A little teamwork goes a long way: Marion Mayor Kris Hanna, SRWRA CEO Chris Adams, Holdfast Bay Mayor Amanda Wilson, and Onkaparinga Mayor Erin Thompson at the SRWRA site. Photo: City of Onkaparinga.
A little teamwork goes a long way: Marion Mayor Kris Hanna, SRWRA CEO Chris Adams, Holdfast Bay Mayor Amanda Wilson, and Onkaparinga Mayor Erin Thompson at the SRWRA site. Photo: City of Onkaparinga.

Three southern suburb councils have teamed up to deliver a brand new recycling facility in Adelaide's south, helping to cope with demand as the population increases.

The new material recycling facility [MRF] will be built at the Southern Region Waste Resource Authority's [SRWRA] existing facility in Seaford Heights. The site being a combined project between Holdfast, Marion and Onkaparinga councils, and the SRWRA.

Despite plans for the facility being confirmed, the cost of the facility is yet to be announced.

At the announcement of the facilities plans on Monday, March 16, SRWRA CEO Chris Adams said Councils and SRWRA will now work together to finalise the project schedule and cost and seek funding support from state and federal government.

"The MRF will be important in building a foundation for the circular economy so that recyclables can be re-processed and manufactured locally, as well as creating 20 or more full-time equivalent jobs at the new plant, and process approximately 30,000 tonnes of recyclable materials per annum, with the scope to move to 60,000 tonnes if the need arises," he said.

The SRWRA's catchment area extends from Holdfast Bay to Kangaroo Island, servicing nearly 390,000 residents.

City of Onkaparinga Mayor Erin Thompson said the changing waste and recycling landscape in Australia has presented significant challenges for all councils, waste authorities and state and federal governments.

"But this situation has also presented us with an opportunity to move toward a goal we should all embrace - the effective recycling and reuse of our own waste without the need to ship these materials interstate or overseas," she said.

"The added efficiencies delivered by our new processing plant will reduce our waste service and processing costs significantly, which is better for the organisation and our ratepayers."

The new site is expected to be operational by 2021.