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NQ Circular Economy

NQ Circular Economy

Embracing the transition towards a circular economy will deliver tangible results including improved environmental performance, increasing security of supply of raw materials, increase competitiveness, stimulate innovation and economic growth and boost creation of jobs.

Each year, materials are unnecessarily disposed to landfill. The value of those resources is wasted and in doing so losing the opportunity to create jobs. For every 10,000 tonnes of waste that is recycled, there are 9.2 jobs created compared to only 2.8 jobs if the material goes to landfill. If 80% is recovered, this means approximately 275,000 tonnes of material will be diverted from landfill across North Queensland.

COVID-19 has demonstrated the urgency to evolve supply chains to enable products to be produced locally as well as strategically managing waste to produce useful products, including energy from waste facilities and generation of hydrogen from recycled water.

With the introduction of the Australian Government’s Waste Export Ban coming in effect from 1 July 2021, managing resources and reducing waste must be staged ahead of the final ban. The ban is staged over the next four years for glass, plastics, and paper/cardboard, with full ban in effect from July 2024.

Adapting waste facilities to accommodate recycling of products in the next 12 months is required to achieve management of waste ahead of the export ban, at the same time creating economic growth and jobs.

Investment in new facilities to actively manage paper and cardboard waste and create new economic streams for the region to send across Australia and near markets will fill a gap in Australia’s recycling industry across the north. Strategic placement of a paper recycling facility can maximise utilisation of green energy and create a truly carbon neutral process.

Investment - $361.67MConstruction Jobs - 1,166Ongoing Jobs - 482Indirect Jobs - 2,800

Content accurate as of July 2020.

NQ Circular Economy looks to create a society where resources are valued and nothing is wasted and we know that in doing this it will lead to a cleaner more sustainable environment. As well as creating social benefits such as improved self-esteem, employment opportunities and greater local community cohesion. The projects envisaged will have significant positive social impact including improvement in well-being, social inclusion, stability of tenancy, skills development, regular income and public sector public financial savings.

  • An Energy From Waste Facility for North Queensland
  • Construction of Macroalgae Bioremediation Facility in Ayr
  • Creation of a Regional Bio Hub
  • Hydrogen Produced From Renewable Energy and Using Recycled Water
  • North Australian Pulping Plant for Paper and Cardboard
  • Plastics Flaking and Washing Line at the North Queensland Materials Recovery Facility
  • Regional Glass and Processing Plant
  • Regional Organics Recycling Facility
  • Sun Metals Recycled Water Pipeline for Renewable Hydrogen
  • Transformation of Council Assets to Solar and Other Energy Efficient Outcomes
  • Warrens Hill Landfill Capping