To mark National Recycling Week the state government and the Australian Packaging Covenant (APC) have announced joint funding of $180,000 towards Lismore Council’s new Glass Extraction and Reprocessing Facility.
‘This facility will process broken glass into re-usable material, rather than send it to landfill. The new equipment is expected to recover around 4,500 tonnes of mixed glass for reprocessing, which previously would have ended up in landfill,’ member for Lismore Thomas George said.
The project is a collaboration between Lismore, Ballina and Richmond Valley councils and will provide the means to process the glass from across the region on site.
The equipment crushes, cleans and breaks down the broken glass into material that is graded and safe to re-use in a number ways. The councils anticipate using it themselves in roadbase, as well as developing new local markets for it.