Opinion, Tasmania

BG & JM Barwick gets funding for organic facility

The Tasmanian Government is investing in organic waste collection and reprocessing infrastructure across the State. It has recently  announced that BG & JM Barwick has been chosen as the successful applicant for $3 million of seed funding to establish a regional organic waste processing facility in southern Tasmania after an Expressions of Interest process.

Investments such are this are key to the Government’s plan to reduce the volume of organic waste sent to landfill by 50 per cent by 2030, consistent with the national target in the National Waste Policy Action Plan 2019.

This facility, once operational, will play a role in the southern organic waste management system and will complement other projects under development to grow our circular economy.

The new facility at Boyer will process up to 24,000 tonnes of organic waste per annum and will complement BG & JM Barwick;s existing facilities at Oatlands and Bridgewater to allow them to expand their total processing capacity of 113,000 tonne per annum to 165,000 tonne per annum.

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This has the potential to save up to 80,000 tonnes of CO2-e emissions per year across Barwick’s facilities, and is part of our Government’s plan to reduce emissions by working with all sectors of the economy and contribute to our nation-leading target of net zero emissions, or lower, from 2030.

Barwick’s proposed project is for a industrial scale in-vessel composting facility at Boyer, adjacent to the Norske Skog Boyer mill, and is expected to create up to 30 full-time equivalent jobs during the construction phase and 15 ongoing jobs.

BG & JM Barwick manager, Tyronn Barwick, said the funding would enable family-owned Tasmanian company to construct a state-of-the-art, $14 million in-vessel composting facility at Boyer to process Southern Tasmania’s organic materials in an environmentally sustainable manner.

“The facility’s strategic placement at Boyer will play a role in processing commercial organic materials in conjunction with local councils food organics and garden organics (FOGO),” Barwick said.