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Turmec to install world’s largest state-of-the-art construction waste processing facility in Queensland

Co. Meath-headquartered Turmec, international provider of innovative waste processing and recycling solutions, recently secured a $44 million contract with Rino Recycling to design, build and install the world’s largest state-of-the-art construction waste processing solution at its Pinkenba facility near Brisbane, Queensland.

Rino Recycling services the waste materials and resource handling market in Brisbane and operates two commercial waste recycling transfer stations at Pinkenba and a river sand quarry at Waterford. The company’s goal is to develop a state-of-the-art recycling and resource recovery processing plant to service the city.

The proposed project will be one of the largest construction and demolition (C&D) waste recovery sites in Australia, with a processing capacity of 475 tonnes per hour, and is designed to achieve market-leading landfill diversion and recovery rates of up to 99%. This is in response to Australian government environmental regulations to support increased recovery rates and diversion from landfill, including a new landfill levy in Queensland which is planned to increase annually. Rino plans to recycle the recovered C&D materials into a range of high-quality sand, fill, road bases and aggregate materials and supply them back into new construction projects. Turmec will work with its project partner, Northern Ireland group CDE, which will be providing the materials wet processing elements of the project.

This project forms part of a multi-million-dollar capital investment programme by Rino Recycling to meet growing demand for materials recovery and recycling in Southeast Queensland. There will also be an increased and sustained recycling demand for waste construction materials driven by significant growth in construction activities including major transport, port and waterfront development and leisure facilities around Brisbane as part of a 25-year development plan for the region. This need will grow even further to support construction and infrastructure projects in preparation for the Olympic Games, which will be hosted by Brisbane in 2032.

Working with its Australian sales partners, the Environmental Group Limited (EGL), which promotes Turmec products and services and supports the delivery of its turnkey solutions including aftersales services, this project follows Turmec’s successful delivery of a major waste construction materials processing facility for Bingo Industries at Eastern Creek just outside Sydney in 2021.

Turmec CEO Geoff Bailey said the company was delighted to support Rino Recycling to deliver on its vision to revolutionise construction and demolition waste handling and processing, and to become the leading producer of recycled construction materials in Queensland.

“Our goal for the Pinkenba project is to match Rino’s ambition with a world-class, turn-key construction waste recycling facility that not alone provides market-leading landfill diversion rates, but also produces high quality recycled construction materials that will go back into an extraordinary pipeline of construction projects around Brisbane that are already underway, and planned over the next 10 years,” he added.

Established in 1972, Turmec has 50 years of experience in the engineering and recycling industries and provides materials handling and recovery solutions to the waste processing sector. It serves some of the largest waste management companies globally including Biffa, Suez and Powerday in the UK, Thorntons Recycling in Ireland and Rino Recycling and Bingo Industries in Australia. The company employs 90 people and operates from a 66,000 square foot manufacturing facility at Rathcairn within the Irish-speaking Gaeltacht area of County Meath.

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