Waste processing and circular economy

Location: Northern Territory, Australia

Sector: Recycling and waste processing; principally paper, plastic, tyre and glass

Investment type: Private sector led - greenfield

Estimated total project cost: Variable dependent on product and scale

Project status: Conceptual

The opportunity

Restrictions on the exporting of waste from Australia are creating investment opportunities in certain waste products to drive a circular economy through the recycling of waste commodities.

In the Northern Territory these opportunities include:

  • Paper recycling facilities: approximately up to 15 000 tonnes per annum in the greater Darwin region. Likely outputs include moulded pulp used by the horticulture industry.
  • Plastics recycling facilities: approximately 30 000 tonnes per annum across a variety of plastic types. Likely outputs include granules / pellets / flakes sold to plastic manufacturers or value added products (bollards, pipes, road aggregate).
  • Tyres processing facilities: car, small truck and bus tyres of 3500 tonnes per annum with larger volumes located in remote mining and earthmoving activities. Outputs include crumbed, powdered or granulated tyres for soft fall rubber playgrounds and tyre derived fuels.
  • Glass recycling facilities: approximately 8 000 tonnes per annum outside of the Container Deposit Scheme. Likely outputs include road aggregate and construction pest control.
Worker sorted glass bottles for recycling

Why the Territory

The Territory’s waste generation is closely linked to the population centres of the Greater Darwin area (136 000 people) and Alice Springs area (23 000 people) where the greatest household consumption and business activity occurs. The Territory currently has a lower recycling rate than most Australian jurisdictions and opportunity for development of recycling infrastructure.

Worker preparing plastic bottles in processing line

Contact details

Chris Mouat
Director - Services, Commercial Facilitation
Department of the Chief Minister and Cabinet

Phone: +61 8 8999 7806

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