Worth Recycling offers a full range of industrial waste treatment, recycling, and consulting services. One integral part of Worth Recycling services is looking at innovative ways to help improve the environmental impact of our operations and clients operations.
Rendering a waste material safe is only our first step in achieving a greener environment. At the point our clients usually prefer to stop thinking about an unwanted byproduct - when there is no longer any potential for harm - Worth start thinking about its recovery as a potentially valuable resource.
One industry’s waste can be another industry’s feed stock. Worth Recycling are a key member of DEECW Sustainable Advantage Program, actively promoting and supporting reuse of liquid and solid treated streams as a direct replacement to raw materials in particular industries.
Examples of Worth Recycling's envrionmental initiatives can be summarised below:
Appin West Mine
Through the engineering, development, construction and operation of an Integrated Membrane Filtration plant Worth Recycling is reducing the mines impact on the Sydney Water catchment reserves. The plant converts low level saline underground water to water which can be reused on site as well as at other nearby mines. This reduces the amount of fresh water used from the Sydney Water supply which conserves water, approximately 2.0ML/day or the equivalent of two Olympic swimming pools per day. The plant operation also reduces the salinity level and quantity of discharges from the mine which, ultimately, flow into the Nepean River.
Worth Recycling and Boral Brick working in conjunction and consultation with the Department of Environment and Climate Change (DECCW) have enabled Boral Bricks consumption of Sydney Water to be reduced by approximately 300kL/week. This saving has been achieved through the usage of the processed water from the Worth Recycling Water Plant at South Windsor in their brick making process. The process water is the end product of Worth Recycling’s Water Treatment plant which utilises membrane filtration to remove all contaminants. This water traditionally has been discharged to sewer, under strict Hawkesbury council guidelines.
Even more important with the rising cost of oil, in its Carbonaceous Materials Recycling Facility, Worth were able to replace new fuel oil previously used by BlueScope with a recycled and reﬁ ned extract of coal tar sludge in the manufacture of coke for steelmaking. Worth’s process frees up enough new fuel to run approximately 5000 motor vehicles.
CSR has reduced their consumption of Sydney Water by approximately 300kL/week through the usage of Worth Recycling processed water from Windsor water treatment plants. This water treatment plants traditionally discharged the processed water which is free from contaminants to sewer, under licence conditions from Sydney Water and Hawkesbury Council. This reuse in the brick making process not only saves Sydney Water catchment water but also reduces discharge to sewer.