Material Recovery Facility (MRF)

NAWMA’s Material Recovery Facility (MRF) was opened in 2017. The MRF is a credit to the NAWMA Technical Working Group, Board and our Constituent Councils as it is one of only two large-scale MRFs operating in South Australia, and the only one owned and operated by local government. It has been designed to future-proof NAWMA, and more broadly South Australia, and has doubled South Australia’s recyclables processing capacity.

Economically, the MRF provides a significant revenue stream for NAWMA’s Constituent Councils, while reducing exposure to the often-fickle commercial recycling industry. A single shift five (5) workday operation processes the current 30,000 tonnes per annum collected from yellow-lid kerbside bins in NAWMA’s Constituent Councils, as well as rural and regional council customers.

Importantly, the MRF provided 20 full-time jobs in Northern Adelaide at the same time as Holden was closing its doors.

Housed inside a large purpose-modified industrial building of some 3,800 sqm, the MRF is a combination of trommels, magnets, eddy-currents, ballistic separators, and manual picking stations, fed by almost half a kilometre of conveyor belts. Around 25,000 tonnes of material has been sorted at the MRF in its first ten (10) months of operation producing high quality finished goods such as paper, plastics, glass, aluminium and steel, which are marketed locally in Australia and internationally.

NAWMA processes kerbside recycling from a range of client councils in addition to our member councils. Click on the PDF link below to see where these councils are located.

In 2018, the NAWMA MRF won the Local Government Professionals Australia SA, Excellence in Environmental Leadership and Sustainability award. For details on how you can do a free tour of NAWMA’s facilities including the MRF, follow this link.

NAWMA uses Green Industries SA grant to expand MRF operation and establish new market for recovered paper in Australia.