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Waste baling system

Waste Baling System

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NAWMA's waste processing facility at Edinburgh North features the world's most advanced system for compacting bales of domestic and industrial waste that is not suitable for recycling, re-use or recovery.

The plant receives waste from NAWMA's member Councils - Gawler, Playford and Salisbury - client Councils and local commercial and industrial sources.

In 2014-15, a total of 79,118 tonnes of waste was baled and transferred to landfill. Since 2001-02, the quantity of waste per household per collection has steadily decreased reflecting greater participation in recycling and an equally pleasing increase in the percentage of waste diverted from landfill. In 2014-2015, the percentage of domestic waste diverted from landfill during the last twelve months equates to 42.71 per cent.

Extensive scientific and engineering input has gone into the development of the waste baling operations to ensure structures and operations comply with industrial noise and odour guidelines.

Baled waste is loaded into purpose built vehicles for transport to the Uleybury landfill. Waste received from 7am up to 4 pm Monday to Friday is baled and transported to the Uleybury site on a same day basis. Waste received after 4pm is baled and transported the following morning.

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Additional Resources

  • FAES High Baling Technique
  • Animated video to come. 1.5MB
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