The SUEZ Lucas Heights facility helps divert organics from going to landfill by converting it into high-quality composts and soil conditioners. The capacity of this facility is 50,000 tonnes of organic materials per year. Opened in 1987, the Lucas Heights Resource Recovery Park spans approximately 165 hectares and over 157,000 cars and trucks use the park each year.
The site also accepts clean untreated timber for recycling into mulches and biofuels.
Lucas Heights ORRF
The SUEZ Lucas Heights Organics facility helps divert organics material from going to landfill through processing them into composts and conditioners, recycling untreated timber into mulches and biofuels and producing seedlings for land rehabilitation. The capacity of this facility is 50,000 tonnes of organic materials per year. A variety of compost and mulch products for landscaping and horticultural uses are produced on site and sold to retailers. The site also accepts clean untreated timber for recycling into mulches and biofuels.
Incoming feedstocks are carefully blended in proportions that ensure the resulting compost meets end use requirements, with parameters including correct moisture content and ratios of nitrogen and phosphorous. The mixed organics are composted in an open windrow composting process, which enables the temperature and moisture levels in the compost to be monitored and controlled, optimising the breakdown of the organics and destroying pathogens. Once the windrows have matured, the compost is then screened and tested for sale. SUEZ Lucas Heights ORRF produces various products for landscaping and horticultural uses, including Lawn-ARRT™ Organic Top Dress and Rehab-ARRT™ Compost.
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Accepted waste types:
Virgin Excavated Natural Materials
Renewable energy: The Smart cells® at Lucas Heights
This is where large trucks unload the general household waste (or mixed solid waste/municipal solid waste) that is picked-up during kerbside collections. The Lucas Heights smart cell receives approximately 575,000 tonnes of waste each year.
The Lucas Heights smart cells® has infrastructure and systems in place enables the production of renewable energy. Organic waste breaks down naturally to produce biogas, which is largely composed of methane - a potent greenhouse gas, but one which can be used in specialised generators to produce electricity. At the Lucas Heights smart cell®, pipes are laid within the smart cell® as they are filled so that leachate and biogas can be collected during and after filling operations. The biogas is extracted and cleaned to harvest the methane, which is transferred to an onsite 17.25MW electricity plant and used as fuel. The methane may also be transferred to the nearby Lucas Heights I 5.75MW plant. Both plants are accredited GreenPower® generators.
Each year, smart cells® produce enough electricity to power over 47,000 homes. Making smart cells® Australia’s largest producer of biogas for the production of renewable energy. The large-scale generation of green electricity from waste was pioneered out of the Lucas Heights site in 1994.
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Lucas Heights Community Management
The Lucas Heights Community Reference Group (CRG) meets once every three months at Club Central Menai (44-60 Allison Crescent, Menai) to discuss the operations of the Lucas Heights Resource Recovery Park, modifications and improvements to facilities, feedback on environmental matters and other related topics of interest.
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All visitors to SUEZ facilities must observe site safety requirements, including wearing enclosed footwear at all times.
SUEZ Environment Report Hotline
SUEZ has a dedicated Environment Report Hotline for anyone living, or working, near one of our facilities in New South Wales and Victoria.
The hotline has been set up to receive feedback on environmental matters which are sometimes associated with recycling and waste management facilities – like odours, noise, dust and mud tracking.
This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Your call will always be answered by a real person - not just an automated message - who will enter your feedback and forward it immediately to the staff at the facility. This allows us to take immediate action to determine the cause of any concerns you may have, and gives us the best chance of rectifying the situation quickly.
A SUEZ employee will endeavour to contact you within 24 hours with feedback on your report.
To provide your feedback, please call:
NSW/VIC - 1800 ENV REP (1800 368 737)