Please join Engineers Australia’s Cairns Regional Group for a site tour of Cairns Regional Council’s Materials Recovery Facility.
Located in Portsmith, the Cairns 'MRF' is a state of the art facility that processes commingled recyclable materials, from yellow lid bins across the region. It uses a combination of hand sorting, specialised screening equipment and optical sorting to remove waste then sort and bale paper, cardboard, plastic bottles & containers ready for transportation for further reprocessing by manufacturers in South East Queensland. The Facility also incorporates a glass crushing plant which creates a sand substitute for use in local construction projects from glass bottles & jars.
Council opened the new $14.3 million Materials Recovery Facility in May 2021. The new facility has recorded an average 85 per cent recovery rate over the previous six months (compared to 59 per cent at the former MRF). The Queensland Government provided $3 million to the project through the Building our Regions (BoR) program, with $11.3 million from Cairns Regional Council.
PPE requirement: This is a fully operational factory so the normal PPE of steel capped boots, long trousers and sleeves, safety glasses, hearing protection and hardhat will be required.
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