Whyalla taking recycling initative

GFG VISIT: From left, Nick McBride MLC, Tung Ngo MLC, John Dawkins MLC and Adrian Pederick MP meet with GFG Alliance staff members Dan Tucker, Chris Smyth and Brett MacDonald in Whyalla. Photo taken prior to COVID restrictions.
GFG VISIT: From left, Nick McBride MLC, Tung Ngo MLC, John Dawkins MLC and Adrian Pederick MP meet with GFG Alliance staff members Dan Tucker, Chris Smyth and Brett MacDonald in Whyalla. Photo taken prior to COVID restrictions.

Innovative recycling initiatives based in Whyalla have been recognised in an inquiry into the recycling industry.

The Environment, Resource and Development Committee visited the steel city as part of gaining insight into the recycling experiences of regional communities.

The committee had heard evidence of the challenges faced regional councils and smaller regional recycling operations and was 'keen for the government, councils and industry stakeholders to work together to address these challenges'.

Committee Chair and Liberal MP Stephen Patterson praised GFG Alliance for expanding use of the Whyalla Port to include the Deconstruction, Recycling and Scrapping (DSR) of marine vessels.

"I hear that GFG Alliance have recently announced plans for an electric arc furnace as part of their expansion, which the Committee was told during their visit could be used for the breaking down of the ex-HMAS Success and potentially other ships", he said.

While in Whyalla, the Committee also heard evidence from Port Pirie Smelter owner Nyrstar that electric arc furnace dust could be re-processed locally by Nyrstar to extract zinc, rather than being exported for processing.

"These are examples of local initiatives based on circular economy principles", Mr Patterson said.

"The report recommends that SA builds upon its reputation in this area and shifts the waste management and resource recovery industry towards a circular economy model".

"On behalf of the Committee, I thank all those who took the time to contribute to the inquiry."

The committee tabled their report into the recycling industry in parliament last week, issuing 16 recommendations for the state government.

The recommendations suggest areas where the government can introduce policies and drive initiatives, in collaboration with local government and industry stakeholders, to support recycling in South Australia.

The Committee received 54 written submissions and heard from 39 witnesses, including holding public hearings in Whyalla, Mount Gambier and Millicent.

The final report, submissions and transcripts of public hearings are available from the Committee's website www.parliament.sa.gov.au.

From left, Peats Soil Managing Director Peter Wadewitz meets with Nick McBride MLC, Adrian Pederick MP, Tung Ngo MLC and John Dawkins MLC. Photo taken prior to COVID restrictions.

From left, Peats Soil Managing Director Peter Wadewitz meets with Nick McBride MLC, Adrian Pederick MP, Tung Ngo MLC and John Dawkins MLC. Photo taken prior to COVID restrictions.