Victorian circular plastics facilities engage Aerofloat for wastewater treatment
Award-winning wastewater company Aerofloat is rising to prominence in the circular economy space. Its innovative wastewater technology for the plastics recycling industry is recognised by Pact Group for keeping pace with the rapidly growing industry.
Pact Group promises to create smarter ways of reducing waste through reusing and recycling resources. Its plastics recycling facility in Albury New South Wales demonstrates exactly how the circular economy should be working. The plant was a joint venture between Pact Group, Asahi Beverages, Coca-Cola Europacific Partners and Cleanaway Waste Management, with Aerofloat providing the wastewater design and technology.
Pact Group continues to prove its place as leaders of creating a circular economy through expansion into multiple ventures, including two upcoming Circular Plastics projects in Victoria. Following the success of the Circular Plastics facility in Albury, Aerofloat has been contracted to work with Pact Group on the two new Circular Plastics projects.
Circular Plastics (PET) Altona North is a new processing facility that is similar to the Albury facility. It will recycle the equivalent of approximately 1 billion 600 mL PET plastic bottles each year. Circular Plastics (PE) Laverton will process more than 20,000 tonnes of HDPE and PP (or the equivalent of over half a billion plastic milk bottles and food tubs) into food-grade recycled resins.
“Aerofloat’s experience in advanced wastewater technology for Pact Group will ensure efficient and effective operations for both projects,” said Aerofloat’s general manager, Michael Anderson.
“Our knowledge in developing definitive designs to support production at the wastewater end is unique. We expect these two projects to be fast-paced given our experience in designing the ideal technology,” he added.
Understanding the intricate details of the Circular Plastics sites and operations will also ensure a fast turnaround on the new projects.
“We understand the expectations and needs for Pact Group and its joint partners for these projects. This will hold us in good stead to get both plants installed and operational on schedule.”
Paul Miskell, general manager for Pact Group, and site manager of operations at the Albury Circular Plastics Australia facility, is impressed with Aerofloat’s expertise in providing advanced design technology for the Albury plant.
“Aerofloat have been very professional and have delivered exactly what we ordered for the Albury project. The proof being that we have lined up Aerofloat for future projects with the joint venture,” said Miskell.
Aerofloat’s technology has ensured compliant, efficient wastewater operations for Circular Plastics (PET) Albury.
Pact Group sees a circular economy as a systemic approach to economic development with benefits to a widespread community as well as the environment. The PET recycling plant at Albury has been operational since early 2022, and has already had a significant impact on the circular economy.
Working with Aerofloat to achieve its vision for creating a Circular Economy on the Laverton and Altona North projects was an obvious move for Pact Group.
“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for companies like us where we have to solve for our own waste generation,” said Miskell.
Just as Aerofloat was involved from the very beginning of the Albury project, it is already working alongside Pact Group from the start with the new Victorian projects.
“Aerofloat offered a professional process of engaging Council to deliver a Trade Waste agreement for our Albury facility that we have been able to achieve successfully,” said Miskell.
“We look forward to working with Pact Group and its partners to ensure success at both Laverton and Altona North, helping Australia to move closer to that Circular Economy,” said Anderson.