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FROM LANDFILL TO LANDSCAPING

A NEW reprocessing facility at Risdon Vale – which will assist to reprocess building, construction and demolition waste – has been officially opened.

Built and operated by Reprocess Tas, part of the Spectran Group, the new facility will screen, crush and wash waste from construction and demolition sites (including soil, gravel and surplus concrete materials), reprocessing it into landscaping and construction materials.

 This waste was previously sent to landfill.

Spectran Group chief executive officer Chris Hazell said the facility could receive materials from any construction site, reprocess them and return the reprocessed product back to a construction site.

 “Already the facility has removed demolished red bricks from the redeveloped Theatre Royal precinct, crushed it and returned it to that site as a decorative landscaping material,” he said.

 “Also, a quantity of bedding sand and concrete waste has been received from the new Spotlight site in Howard Road, Glenorchy for reprocessing and screening.

 “It will then be used back on the Spotlight development, as well as other civil building sites.

 “The buoyant construction industry in Tasmania has given us the confidence to invest about $2 million in the facility.

 “We are confident that we can consistently produce quality products, meeting all required standards, for regular use on construction sites in the future.”

 About 3000 tonnes of concrete blocks and piles, 500 tonnes of steel beams and 3000 square metres of roofing iron sourced from demolition projects were used on the plant’s construction.

 Mr Hazell said it was clearly appropriate that the facility be constructed as appropriate from reprocessed materials given the reprocessing work it would undertake going forward.

 “Tasmania has much to gain in regards to reprocessing materials that would otherwise be sent to landfill, and providing new high quality construction products that meet all the required standards,” he said.

 “Reducing the reliance on virgin resources and reducing the impact of building and construction waste on landfill is a win-win.”

 The facility can process:


Concrete and brick rubble and debris


Timber waste 


Rock and excavated stone waste


Demolition plasterboard


Waste soil and sand 


Asphalt waste 


Non-dig excavated material waste

 Its reprocessed products include washed and screened fine sand, coarse two millimetre sand and seven millimetre, 12 millimetre and 20 millimetre aggregate.

 It can also produce 20 millimetre FCR, 40 millimetre subbase, 65 millimetre crushed concrete and screened loam.

 All concrete waste is processed into road and building site pavement base materials.