The growing need for hazardous waste treatment facilities

The growing need for hazardous waste treatment facilities

There is a growing need for hazardous waste treatment facilities like SOLVE to treat some of Australia’s most intractable waste problems.

Australians produce about 540kg of household waste per person each year. As a result, the country is generating an estimated 67 million tonnes of waste, but only 37% of these are recycled.

In terms of hazardous waste, the most recent Commonwealth Waste and Environment report indicates that there has been a 34% increase in the amount generated in just three years – from 2014-15 to 2017-18. 

About 7.5 million tonnes of hazardous waste is generated per year, which is about 11% of all waste generated (67 million tonnes).

The top three types of contaminated waste are:

  1. Contaminated soils (35%)
  2. Asbestos (21%)
  3. Tyres (6%)

Highlighting the importance and need for SOLVE and other facilities like it is the fact that more than half (57%) of all waste is still sent to landfill.

Enviropacific is proud to contribute to the reduction of these volumes, by the complete destruction of many hazardous contaminants in soil and water. The SOLVE thermal facility is nearing 200,000 tonne of treated material, including 10,000 tonne of PFAS impacted soils and concrete.

We continue to work closely with government, regulators and industry to help address the growing hazardous waste problem.  We are committed to being an increasingly important part of the solution, as we carry out our mission to create safer and healthier communities.