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

Our first 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.
  • Lead to a significant decrease in trucking distance travelled.
  • Reduce CO2 emissions by enabling the reuse of materials that would otherwise need to be created from scratch.
  • Progress us towards our goal of carbon neutrality as we'll optimise the design of our technology to produce a cleaner form of electricity than currently available through the grid to power our facility and neighbouring metals recycling operation.
  • Once our technology is advanced we'll further reduce our carbon footprint by capturing the carbon present in the shredded material to create new products which may include the building blocks of recycled plastics.

We have now commenced engaging with the local community and key stakeholders and are progressing with environmental and planning assessments. Environmental and planning approvals must be secured in order for us to progress to constructing the proposed facility.

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

We have commenced community and stakeholder engagement, environmental studies and engineering design; and are progressing environmental and planning assessment processes.

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.

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Virtual engagement events

Virtual engagement events

We have developed online engagement rooms to support the gathering of input into the programme, and to develop social value and sustainability initiatives in partnership with the community.

This room takes the experience of visiting a face-to-face community session and provides information and feedback opportunities virtually. We have adapted our approach to address the current COVID-19 restrictions but look forward to having face-to-face sessions once restrictions are eased.

Virtual Engagement Room

Sep - Nov 2020
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Virtual Engagement Event 2

Now Open
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Virtual Engagement Event 3

November 2021
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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 works approval from the Victorian Environment Protection Authority (EPA). We must also secure a planning permit. Recent changes to the responsible authority for planning permit applications for some energy generation and storage facilities mean we are engaging with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and Hume City Council to clarify the process we must now follow and will update stakeholders and the community as soon as this is confirmed.

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

Campbellfield resource renewal facility
Our second virtual engagement event is now live!

Visit the link below to get involved, share your feedback on facility designs and let us know more about your thoughts on the resource renewal facility proposed for Campbellfield, Victoria.

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Sims Resource Renewal