Leading organics recycling, composting and renewable energy manufacturer Peats Group Ltd are proud to announce the official opening of their fourth compost and renewable energy manufacturing site located at Whyalla City Council’s Mount Laura Waste and Resource Recovery Centre, Lot 20 Iron Knob Road, Whyalla Barson, South Australia. A special opening event was held on site on the 8th of May 2019.
Peter Wadewitz, Committee Member of the RDA board and Managing Director of Peats Group Ltd, has a vision for further innovative expansion to assist the Upper Spencer Gulf region and create even more jobs locally. This includes extension of the already successful grease trap waste and other dirty liquid wastes being turned into Biodiesel fuel for its existing fleet of 25 diesel operating heavy haulage road and tractor vehicles.
The opening of the site comes almost 12 months after the Australian Government funded its $222.3 million Regional Jobs and Investment Packages (RJIP) program, awarding Peats with one of nine Upper Spencer Gulf Region Grants for an Advanced Composting and Renewable Energy Facility. The projected capital expenditure budget of $5.49 million will create 60 part-time jobs over the next 2 years and 12 full-time jobs into the future offering new jobs to people sourced from the local region.
The production of compost product to enhance and put further life into regional soils will begin operating on Wednesday 1st May 2019, with plans for the renewable energy plant to be fully operational by 30th June 2020.
The Peats project incorporates the construction of an Advanced Composting Facility, the purpose of which is to accept green, organic and food waste, digest the waste using Anaerobic Digestion, to produce both Biogas for sale into the grid and a compost product that can be sold to surrounding agricultural markets for soil improvement and carbon enhancement.
The venture funded by the Australian Government’s RJIP program and undertaken by the Peats group will transform this site into a producer of renewable energy potentially providing very cost-effective electricity into the grid whilst producing valuable soil improvement organic and semi-organic products which farmers, landscapers, councils and households can use to add humic and fulvic supplements to their soils whilst adding water saving, carbon improving qualities – all of which are fundamentals for improved outputs in the local regional horticultural, viticultural, agricultural and meat production industries.
Redirecting organic recyclable materials from homes and businesses away from landfill means that ozone depleting methane gas is redirected into captured biogas for renewable energy (electricity) production without affecting the production of the valuable soil improvement products.
The biodiesel plant installed at Peats Brinkley site separates fats from water using Peats proprietary technology and converts it into biodiesel after mixing it with ethanol, produced from organic grown sorghum to fuel its vehicles.