BINGO Industries launches circular solution for construction waste

BINGO Industries launches circular solution for construction waste
BINGO Industries’ Patons Lane Resource Recovery Centre will be able to process up to 200,000 tonnes of washed recycled products. (Image: BINGO Industries)

Already a major contributor to Australia’s circular economy, BINGO Industries has taken the next step in changing the landscape of construction and demolition waste with the launch of the Patons Lane Wet Recycling Facility in Western Sydney.

With an ambitious vision, BINGO Industries (BINGO) strives to pave the way for a waste-free Australia. Currently producing approximately 900,000 tonnes of recycled products annually which are reintegrated into the market, the recycling and waste management company is soon to launch its latest venture, the Patons Lane Advanced Wet Recycling Centre (AWRC).

Set to commence operations by mid-year, the Patons Lane Resource Recovery Centre (RRC) became part of BINGO’s portfolio in late 2017. Complementing the company’s existing Eastern Creek Recycling Ecology Park and Landfill, the new AWRC facility is the first large scale construction and demolition (C&D) waste wet recycling infrastructure project in New South Wales, targeting general solid waste (GSW) material.

Tara Osborne, general manager of strategy and innovation at BINGO, envisions Patons Lane as a game-changer in C&D waste recycling in NSW. By diverting GSW waste soils from landfills, this initiative promises to revolutionise the management of C&D waste in the region.

“BINGO has committed a substantial amount of capital to the development of this cutting-edge recycling facility, with a primary focus on accommodating building and demolition waste,” says Osborne. “We’ve invested $20 million in the recycling centre and an additional $14 million in the water treatment infrastructure at Patons Lane.”

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BINGO Industries launches circular solution for construction waste
The Patons Lane Advanced Wet Recycling Centre under construction. (Image: BINGO Industries)

The Patons Lane facility and water treatment plant functions as a closed-loop wet washing system, incorporating optical sorters equipped with infrared technology to separate material streams. Employing sophisticated onsite water treatment technology, it efficiently recycles water within the facility, enabling the washing of contaminated landfill material and the recovery of clean, washed products.

“Our operations will yield two grades of washed sand – fine and coarse – along with four distinct aggregates and an engineered fill product from the water treatment process and recycling centre,” says Osborne.

With a target of diverting up to 95 per cent of waste from landfill, Patons Lane will primarily aim to supply heavy industries, including major civil construction and infrastructure projects, with products such as recycled aggregates for road bases and recycled sand for use in asphalt and concrete production. Given the critical shortage of virgin materials in Sydney, it presents a sustainable circular solution for large-scale developers and contractors.

At the forefront of recycled product quality control and assurance processes, Patons Lane’s advanced wet washing technology captures contaminants from materials in the water and filter cake. This ensures the production of new, high-quality products that meet industry standards and specifications. Additionally, all recycled products undergo rigorous batch testing at both BINGO’s Eastern Creek laboratory and external laboratories to guarantee compliance and exceptional quality.

According to Osborne, those hesitant about using recycled products will notice a discernible difference in the quality of the materials they receive from this washing solution. Furthermore, the carbon benefits gained from using recycled products alone are significant, particularly in light of the evolving landscape of sustainability disclosure standards.

“The construction industry should consider the changing requirements for companies to report their scope three emissions, which include emissions from activities such as extracting and transporting virgin materials,” says Osborne. “It is important to weigh the environmental costs of procuring virgin materials against those of transporting materials that have been recovered and recycled through facilities like Patons Lane.”

BINGO Industries launches circular solution for construction waste
The filter vessel area at the Patons Lane Resource Recovery Centre. (Image: BINGO Industries)

Osborne further emphasises the transformative potential of this development, especially for Western Sydney’s growth trajectory. Situated within a burgeoning corridor supporting major infrastructure development in NSW, including the Western Sydney Airport, Patons Lane presents an exciting opportunity for regional advancement in circular practices.

As construction companies increasingly prioritise environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards alongside sustainability objectives, Patons Lane is a direct contributor to these aims, notably through its impact on landfill diversion and recovery rates.

“The majority of major construction and infrastructure projects now set substantial diversion and recycled content targets,” says Osborne. “This site is aiming for an impressive 95 per cent diversion rate, surpassing the state average of 77 per cent.”

The Patons Lane AWRC boasts an operational capacity of 220,000 tonnes for waste processing, with further recycling capacity onsite. This capacity indicates the potential to divert over 300,000 tonnes of material from landfills, underscoring the significant impact of the facility on waste reduction in NSW.

“Our focus is on supporting our customers in achieving their circular targets, in addition to our own,” says Osborne. “BINGO has consistently pioneered investments in advanced infrastructure to bolster these efforts.”

“We are primarily a recycling company, and I believe Patons Lane presents an exciting opportunity, marking a significant leap from the current market offerings.”

The benefits of using recycled products for construction projects are substantial, extending beyond environmental advantages to strengthen Australia’s circular economy. By diminishing dependence on virgin materials, diverting waste from landfills and curbing emissions, recycled C&D products emerge as pivotal components of the future. The Patons Lane AWRC not only provides customers with a recycling solution but also offers a sophisticated waste management option, guaranteeing the reintroduction of these materials into the market for reuse.

Targeting an ambitious 95 per cent waste diversion rate from landfill, BINGO’s Patons Lane Advanced Wet Recycling Centre will produce:
  • Up to 20,000 tonnes of washed, cleaned recycled aggregates;
  • Up to 200,000 tonnes of washed, cleaned recycled sand; and
  • Approximately 100,000 tonnes of engineered fill.


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