The Shire of Esperance has been named a finalist in the Waste Authority Infinity Awards 2018 for our innovatie recycling of glass in Category 3: Avoid Recover Protect – Waste Management Award. The Komplet Mill Track 5000 was purchased to crush glass recycled in the Shire of Esperance. The machine has been in use now for twelve months and has allowed the Shire to save an estimated $14,780 on transport expenses in addition to the class being used in road fill.
Our entire process is now all done locally; from the procurement, sorting and processing of the glass. Esperance is self-sufficient and uses the glass in our road program to create a sub base material for road building. The volume of glass has not differentiated substantially from the average of 177 tonnes per year but the costs of transportation have significantly been reduced.