A fine solution: Benedict Recycling upgrades its crushing plant with M&K Recycling Equipment
Benedict Recycling has upgraded its crushing plant in Belrose, NSW, with M&K Recycling Equipment to manage increasing tonnages.
At the end of last year, the NSW EPA said construction and demolition recycling rates across the state had, for the first time, gone backwards. One company however, is increasing its tonnages and with its eye fixed firmly on the future, it has embarked on a million-dollar project to upgrade its crushing plant in Belrose.
Benedict Industries, which processes C&D waste, celebrated its 50th anniversary last year and five decades on, the company is going from strength to strength.
In NSW, the company has a hub facility in Chipping Norton where its invested “tens of millions of dollars” in equipment to improve processing, a facility in Newcastle that opened about a year ago, a plant in Belrose, and a transfer station in Unanderra in Wollongong. Benedict has also lodged two development applications with the Department of Planning for transfer stations in Smeaton Range near Camden and Penrith.
Across its sites, Benedict process 700,000 tonnes of C&D waste and its attitude is this – the company does not own landfills but makes its money recycling as much waste as it possibly can, focusing on how to do that better and smarter in order to achieve as high a recovery rate as possible.
The Belrose challenge
Over in Belrose, 19km north east of Sydney, Benedict operates two processing plants, one that sorts mixed waste, and the other that crushes and screens brick and concrete that come out of the sorting plant. The recycled materials are then used to make aggregate and bedding sand.
Some six to nine months ago, Benedict upgraded its sorting plant capacity due to increasing demand, which meant more concrete and brick were being produced.