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REMONDIS Australia // 1 November 2021
The newly launched Swanbank REdiscovery Hub is an interactive waste education centre for the local community
Engaging programs have been devised and delivered by EnviroCom
Visits include a tour of the landfill, weather permitting
Schools and community groups in and around Ipswich are being invited to visit a newly launched waste education centre at REMONDIS’ Swanbank Clean Energy and Waste Management Precinct.
Having opened its doors last week, the Swanbank REdiscovery Hub focuses on educating the community about what happens to household and commercial waste, and what can be done to boost recycling to minimise landfill.
Believed to be a first of a kind for Queensland, the centre is fully funded by REMONDIS with programs devised and delivered by independent professional educators. REMONDIS is also arranging free bus rides to transport visitors to and from the centre.
Students and teachers from Kruger State School have been amongst the first to visit the centre.
Visitors are informed of what can be done at home and work to minimise waste generation and maximise recycling. They are also taken on a tour of the operating landfill site – a rare opportunity to see how waste is managed, up close..
“Most people just don’t understand waste management pressures that are being felt not just locally, but nationally,” REMONDIS Project Manager Sarah Collins said.
“Australia is the second highest producer of waste per capita in the world, so everyone’s got a job to do when it comes to better waste management.
“The priority is always to boost recycling to minimise waste ending up in the ground, but to achieve that we largely rely on people doing the right thing before waste reaches us.
“That includes shopping smarter to reduce food and packaging waste and putting the right waste in the right coloured council bins.
“Home composting and worm farming are other things that can dramatically reduce waste management pressures, so we’re demonstrating these at the REdiscovery Hub.”
The engaging program has been devised and are being delivered by educators from EnviroCom Australia, an environmental consultancy that that has delivered education, research and training services to the public and private sectors for more than 20 years.
“A lot of people forget that waste has to end up somewhere,” EnviroCom Australia Project Manager Alix Baltais said.
“If people are more aware of and able to change their waste habits, it can make a tremendous difference by the time waste arrives at centres such as REMONDIS’ Swanbank precinct.
“Educating people about better waste management from a young age is a critical long-term social and environmental investment.”
REMONDIS is also looking to invest $700 million at its Swanbank precinct, enabling it to take recycling to a new level. The precinct would include Energy from Waste technology, as used safely and successfully in major cities around the world. The technology would come close to eliminating up to 500,000 tonnes of waste currently going to landfill, which currently creates environmental problems including land disturbance, odour, methane and leachate. It would also generate cleaner electricity to power around 50,000 homes a year.
“Energy from Waste technology is a waste management game-changer in cities overseas, and needs to be embraced in Australia too,” Sarah Collins added.
The REdiscovery Hub is taking bookings from schools and community groups now.
Visit the REdiscovery Hub online at https://remondis.mysocialpinpoint.com.au/swanbank-energy-from-waste-plant/education/
For REdiscovery Hub program information and tour bookings email RediscoveryHub.SwanbanknoSpam@envirocom.com.au or call 07 3457 2400.
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