Project features

A state-of-the-art resource renewal facility

We’ve identified a location next to Sims' existing metal recycling operation in Campbellfield, Victoria as the proposed site for our first state-of-the-art resource renewal facility.

Taking responsibility for our waste

This facility would be both an operating facility and a center for research and development.

Using the latest, proven, plasma gasification technology, we will start transforming our shredded material immediately into new, quality products while at the same time undertaking further research and development to advance our technology.

At a local level this facility will allow us to reduce our environmental footprint and create economic and employment opportunities, while we develop the technology required to create a globally leading, closed-loop business model.

This facility will enable us to immediately reduce our environmental footprint and create shared value for our communities by developing quality recycled products, creating new jobs and generating opportunities for industry development.


Reducing our environmental footprint

The proposed facility will:

  • Help reduce Sims’ current environmental footprint in Victoria by eliminating 60,000 tonnes of ASR from landfill each year.
  • Reduce the use of virgin materials by producing products from recycled materials.
  • Enable us to advance our pathway towards further closing our operating loop.

Our design process and research and development are underpinned by our commitment to achieving carbon neutrality by 2042 and net zero by 2050.

As we improve the technology available to us, we’ll further progress to achieving net zero emissions by creating new products including the building blocks of recycled plastics.

We are engaging with the local community, government and key stakeholders on the project.

What is the resource renewal process at the facility?

The resource renewal process at the facility will use proven, world's best practice plasma gasification technology and be developed to meet European emission standards which are the current global emissions benchmark.

Project status

Project status

Our community and stakeholder engagement, environmental studies and engineering design is all well underway.

Following the announcement in October of lodgement of the Development Licence Application with
the Environment Protection Authority Victoria and Planning Permit Application with the Hume City Council for the proposed Resource Renewal facility (“the Facility”), Sims has decided it is prudent to pause further work on the Facility at this stage to assess considerations arising from the November 2021 release of the Victorian Government’s Waste-to-Energy Framework (“framework”).

We remain committed to developing the Facility in Victoria and will continue engaging with the Victorian Government, Hume City Council and the new waste and recycling regulator once established to continue progressing our proposal. We will also continue engaging with the local community and interested stakeholders.

Community partnerships and engagement

Community partnerships and engagement

We are genuinely committed to working in partnership with the community in and around Campbellfield, as well as with interested stakeholders more broadly. We want to create shared value by producing new products from recycled materials, generating local employment and economic opportunities, and partnering on social value initiatives.

Please see the latest news section for information about our upcoming engagement activities.

Find out more

We have developed online engagement events to support the gathering of input into the Sims Resource Renewal Programme and specific projects and to develop social value and sustainability initiatives in partnership with the community. Our fourth virtual engagement event is now closed. Access to future virtual engagement events can be found here.

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Engagement Room
Virtual engagement events

Virtual Engagement Event 1

Sep - Nov 2020

Virtual Engagement Event 2

Dec 2020 – Feb 2021

Virtual Engagement Event 3

8 July - 23 July 2021

Virtual Engagement 4

24 September - 8 October 2021
Environmental and planning assessment process

Environmental and planning assessment process

Sims must undergo robust environmental and planning assessment processes for the proposed resource renewal facility.

We must secure a development licence from the Victorian Environment Protection Authority (EPA). We must also secure a planning permit from Hume City Council and will inform stakeholders and the community when updates are available.

Community and stakeholder engagement is a critical component of the environment and planning approval processes.

Click on the links below to read or download the fact sheets for the proposed Campbellfield Resource Renewal Facility: