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NuGrow expands composting operations

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The NuGrow development will take on organic waste from Council areas throughout the Wide Bay Region at its new location on Tardas Road, Gregory River. Photo: Nugrow

A multi-million-dollar composting facility which will recycle organic waste streams, including green waste and food waste, into high-quality compost and soil conditioner products has just finished construction in Bundaberg.

The NuGrow development will take on organic waste from Council areas throughout the Wide Bay Region at its new location on Tardas Road, Gregory River.

The company is Queensland’s largest organics waste recycler by volume and geographical reach and the local facility is expected to compost more than 30,000 tonnes of organic waste per annum.

Organics which normally go to landfill will be incorporated with green waste from the region to make new products for reuse in the local economy.

Chief Commercial Officer Jacob Wilson said establishing a NuGrow facility in Bundaberg ticked many boxes.

“Given the lack of organic recycling infrastructure in the region and the high demand from the agricultural industry for quality compost and soil conditioners it was a logical choice for NuGrow’s next facility to be located in Bundaberg,” he said.

“Furthermore, as Queensland Council’s begin to explore ways to achieve the waste diversion and recycling targets set out in the State Waste Management and Resource Recovery Strategy, NuGrow believes that the Bundaberg facility can provide a competitive and sustainable organics recycling solution.

“The facility also offers a closer disposal and recycling option for commercial waste collection operators who previously had to drive large distances until a suitable facility was available.”

Jacob said adjacent to the composting facility existed additional land owned by NuGrow, which would be used as a demonstration site to show the positive impacts the company's compost and soil conditioners have on soil and plant health.

“NuGrow also plan to conduct research and development activities on this site as our team continually explores the latest innovations in waste and land management,” he said.

“This process of ‘innovate, test, measure, deliver’ is a key point of difference that keeps NuGrow at the leading edge.”

The new facility conforms to NuGrow's mission statement of ‘healthier environments, supporting healthier communities', according to Jacob.

“Our team is committed to raising awareness of sustainable waste management and soil health,” he said.

“We develop our products and services to ensure we are always improving environmental, social, and economic outcomes.

“As an environmentally conscious organisation, we understand that future generations depend on sustainable, responsible development to protect, preserve, and enhance the environment now and into the future.

“Consequently, there are numerous benefits to the community as a result of NuGrow’s new Bundaberg facility.

“These include employment opportunities and economic benefits as NuGrow use local suppliers and contractors where possible and environmental benefits that stem from diverting organic waste from landfill and using compost/soil conditioners to improve soil health.

“Our aim is to employ and to source services and goods from the regions we operate in; so, we welcome suppliers to reach out to our teams”.

NuGrow’s Bundaberg facility is located at 19 Tardas Road, Gregory River and is currently open Monday to Friday 7 am to 4 pm.

Find out more here https://nugrow.com.au/facilities/

Nugrow Bundaberg
The NuGrow development will take on organic waste from Council areas throughout the Wide Bay Region at its new location on Tardas Road, Gregory River.

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