We are using our existing recycling operation in Rocklea, Queensland as the location for a small pilot resource renewal facility where we will undertake research and development to advance our technology and the circular economy.
The pilot will be a small, research and development focused facility that will enable us to take local recycling and waste reuse to a new level and pioneer new methodologies and techniques that can be adopted throughout the world.
The highly controlled research and development we are proposing will enable us to test the commercial viability of developing new products that include the building blocks for recycled plastics, from the shredded material left over following our metal recycling process that is currently sent to landfill.
This will help us to achieve our objective of transforming one million tonnes of this shredded material every year into new, useful products for society by 2030.
The Rocklea planning development application has been determined for the research and development pilot facility. We are aiming to commence construction in the first quarter of the calendar year 2022. We expect operations to commence in the fourth quarter of the calendar year 2022.
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To create a world without waste to preserve our planet we will create new, useful products from the material left over following metals recycling (ASR).
We are proposing to use our existing metals recycling operation in Rocklea, Queensland as the location for a small pilot resource renewal facility where we will undertake highly controlled research and development to advance our technology and the circular economy.
The highly controlled research and development we are proposing will enable us to test the commercial viability of developing new products from the material left over following our metal recycling process, which is currently sent to landfill. This will help us achieve our objective of transforming one million tonnes of ASR material every year into new, useful products for society by 2030. Our aim is to deliver a leading circular business model that creates value for our business and society and the proposed pilot facility is a critical step in enabling us to close the loop on our waste and ensure it is not left for future generations to manage.
Learn more about the Sims Resource Renewal programme and how it will enable us to progress the Sims purpose; create a world without waste to preserve our planet.
The advanced, proven technology we will use at the pilot facility is known as plasma gasification and operates safely around the world. This technology heats the ASR and transforms it into a mixture of clean gases known as synthesis gas (syngas). A “glass-like” product is also created. Importantly this technology does not burn ASR and does not produce the types of problematic emissions that some older forms of technology can create.
We will continually improve our technology by drawing on the latest innovations generated through our research and development. Our designs are based on European emissions standards which is the current global emissions benchmark.
The feedstock to be used for our global resource renewal programme, and at the proposed pilot facility, is known as ASR and is what remains once recoverable materials are removed following the recycling of metal-based goods like cars, washing machines, and shopping trolleys. Currently this ASR material is treated as waste and disposed of in landfill.
In line with our purpose, to create a world without waste to preserve our planet, we want to take responsibility for our ASR material and through resource renewal, move to a more circular operating model.
In line with the waste hierarchy, ASR has had all readily recoverable materials removed and has no other viable use without treatment. For more about the waste hierarchy visit the Brisbane City Council website.
ASR typically includes plastics, fabrics, insulation, foam, rubber and wood. Dirt, sand and stones may also be present in small amounts, because they were a part of the original source materials for cars and appliances before the initial recycling process.
The Rocklea planning development application has been determined for the research and development pilot facility. We are aiming to commence construction in the first quarter of calendar year 2022. We expect operations to commence in the fourth quarter of calendar year 2022.
We were required to secure planning and environmental approvals before commencing construction. To do this, under the Planning Act 2016 (QLD), we required approval for our development application for a material change of use through the Brisbane City Council. Under the Environmental Protection Act 1994, we also required a licence to operate (known as an Environmental Authority) from the Department of Environment and Science.
Our proposed facility has been designated a Research and Technology Industry and Special Industry use under the Brisbane City Plan 2014 and our development application will be impact assessable. Learn more about Council’s development application process.
Our development application submission to the Brisbane City Council was referred to the Department of Environment and Science via the State Assessment and Referral Agency (SARA), which also forms an application for an Environmental Authority. The application was also referred to Powerlink and Energex as advice agencies. Learn more about the Environmental Authority process.
We are committed to working in partnership with the community in and around the proposed location for our pilot resource renewal facility.
We want to generate shared value by undertaking critical research and development to advance the circular economy by producing new, useful products for society from ASR material, which is currently being treated as waste.
We are also progressing sustainability initiatives in partnership with the local community.
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