Brisbane is leading a recycling revolution with a $95 million mega, high-tech facility to open in Pinkenba – the first of its kind in the world. Rino Recycling’s fully automated recycling plant turns construction and demolition waste into recycled material for new infrastructure projects. Rino Recycling General Manager, Dan Blaser, said the site can process up to 475 tonnes an hour, the equivalent of 68 truckloads, and minimises the need for landfill. “This plant has scale, capacity and efficiency – it can recycle more than 1.5 million tonnes of waste with 97% recovery annually whilst producing high quality products such as aggregates, sand, and road bases to the equivalent standard of quarried material but with significant environmental benefits,” Mr Blaser said. “In under 20 minutes, a truck can go from offloading construction waste and leave with a new load of highquality, recycled products ready for the job site. It is a green, circular economy in action.” He said ahead of the infrastructure and construction boom driven by the Brisbane 2032 Olympics, the SEQ City Deal and the significant infrastructure pipeline in Brisbane, it is critical to have this new facility (the largest by volume in the world under one roof) to cater for new projects and lead the circular economy charge. “This puts in place the infrastructure for developers and all levels of government to adopt a ‘recycled first’ policy when it comes to construction and waste management.” Based on an independent report, it’s estimated the new recycling facility will help reduce carbon emissions by 55,000 tonnes per year – the equivalent of 909,000 trees planted or removing 12,000 cars from the road annually. Rino Recycling’s Director, Todd Pepper, said it could help Queensland lift its recycling rate from 68 per cent to 75 per cent, by recovering 97% of the material fed into the plant. “We are helping decarbonise through recycling waste and cutting greenhouse gas emissions by reducing the number of truck movements on the road,” Mr Pepper said. “The new facility is 13 kilometres from the CBD, so trucks have less distance to travel, and we are replacing the need to have to go to landfill sites west of the city, like Swanbank in Ipswich.” The plant has an acre of rooftop solar panels for energy efficiency and recycles 35 thousand litres of water every hour, making it “water neutral”. The Rino Recycling plant is Green Star Certified which provides for all levels of Government and the broader business community to meet their environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) objectives, especially commitments for the 2032 Olympics.
Rino Recycling was established by Queensland Recycling Technologies in 2021. It is a joint venture between Alceon QLD and Real Estate and private equity investor DCP. The project was designed, built, and installed by Turmec and CDE Group.
Pictured L-R: Ed Bull, Daniel Blaser, Todd Pepper.