A 20-year infrastructure strategy for South Australia was recently released by Infrastructure SA, encompassing short and long-term strategies to grow the state’s resources sector.
The strategy identifies the need to limit the amount of waste which is sent to landfill to ensure more sustainable resource use.
The Strategy noted that South Australia produces the most waste per capita of all national jurisdictions but is also the most efficient at processing and recycling its waste and has the nation’s lowest waste-to-landfill rate.
However, it stated that, as its population grows, so will the amount of waste.
The need for infrastructure to collect, process and recycle this will increase.
Management of waste streams
According to the Strategy, new waste streams generated by solar PV cells, lithium batteries and electronic equipment that come to the end of their lives will need to be well-managed.
“End-of-life PV cells will be Australia’s largest waste stream in approximately 15 to 20 years,” it said.
Infrastructure SA recommends that both capabilities infrastructure need to be leveraged to build the circular economy and expertise in managing new waste streams.
“Green Industries SA should further develop a regional strategy that addresses specific waste management logistics and provides infrastructure solutions to meet forecast increases in waste volumes,” it said.