Waste Disposal Process
- Collection of sanitary and nappy units from customer sites and transported to Enviro~LCS depot
- Once technician returns to Enviro~LCS depot units are emptied into a waste disposal truck, bins are cleaned and sterilised.
- Waste disposal truck is transported to Lucas Heights resource recovery centre and emptied into landfill.
- Biogas is the gas generated from organic waste breaking down in the landfill. It is collected by a series of pipes and converted into electricity. The large-scale generation of green electricity from waste was pioneered out of Lucas Heights site in 1994
Waste Reduction Process
- Enviro~LCS constantly monitors the waste received from our customers at Enviro~LCS depot.
- Our collections team identifies the origin of the waste and if excessive amounts on incorrect use or over use repeated we notify the client responsible and suggest remedial action.
- Enviro~LCS supplies signage to instruct end user of correct disposal techniques.
Waste Disposal – Suez Lucas Heights Resource Recovery Centre
Organic Resource Recovery Facility
The SUEZ Lucas Heights Organics facility helps divert organics material from going to landfill through processing
them into composts and conditioners, recycling untreated timber into mulches and biofuels and producing seedlings
for land rehabilitation. The capacity of this facility is 50,000 tonnes of organic materials per year. A variety of compost and mulch products for landscaping and horticultural uses are produced on site and sold to retailers.
The site also accepts clean untreated timber for recycling into mulches and biofuels.
Incoming feedstocks are carefully blended in proportions that ensure the resulting compost meets end use requirements, with parameters including correct moisture content and ratios of nitrogen and phosphorous.
The mixed organics are composted in an open windrow composting process, which enables the temperature and moisture levels in the compost to be monitored and controlled, optimising the breakdown of the organics and destroying pathogens. Once the windrows have matured, the compost is then screened and tested for sale.
New Illawarra Road smart cell®
This is where large trucks unload the general household waste (or mixed solid waste/municipal solid waste) that is picked-up during kerbside collections. The Lucas Heights smart cell receives approximately 575,000 tonnes of waste each year.
The Lucas Heights smart cell® has infrastructure and systems in place enables the production of renewable energy. Organic waste breaks down naturally to produce biogas, which is largely composed of methane – a potent greenhouse gas, but one which can be used in specialised generators to produce electricity. At the Lucas Heights smart cell®, pipes are laid within the smart cell® as they are filled so that leachate and biogas can be collected during and after filling operations. The biogas is extracted and cleaned to harvest the methane, which is transferred to an onsite 17.25MW electricity plant and used as fuel. The methane may also be transferred to the nearby Lucas Heights I 5.75MW plant. Both plants are accredited GreenPower® generators.
Each year, smart cells® produce enough electricity to power over 47,000 homes. Making smart cells® Australia’s
largest producer of biogas for the production of renewable energy. The large-scale generation of green electricity from waste was pioneered out of the Lucas Heights site in 1994.
Waste Disposal – Recycling
At Enviro~LCS we are consistently searching for new and innovative ways to improve and lessen the impact on the environment. We have been researching the prospects of Absorbent Hygienic Waste (AHW) recycling technology. This project is an Australian recycling technology which converts sanitary and nappy waste away from the landfill. This process involves shredding and sterilising the sanitary waste preparing it for manufacturers to be convert it into new organic materials to reduce the cost of burying the waste in landfills.
At Enviro~LCS we are steering towards recyclable products and are closely working with Astron Plastics which disposes of our product range after approximately 10 years of usage or damaged which ever comes first.
Enviro~LCS have started seeking other recycling options and have started working with Fragrance delivery technologies a company adding their oxygen air fresh products to our portfolio of products due to no added solvents and no alcohols, the Oxygen-Pro cartridges contain 100% pure fragrance oil and are a safe choice for any facility. Since the cartridges are not pressurized containers, they are safe to transport and store. Unlike aerosols, the Oxygen-Pro system does not contain any CFCs, has no added VOCs or propellants, no ‘spray and fade effect’ and ‘no noise’. A fresh, constant level of fragrance is released continuously, consistently and discreetly. The cartridges can be safely disposed of in a plastic recycling bin at the end of the cartridge life.
While seeking other recycling options Enviro-LCS is however the only washroom service provider on the market that has created and still continues to successfully use a natural mineral called Sanisorb. This environmentally friendly product not only treats all sanitary and nappy contents onsite but it is also beneficial for the client and the environment combined. How it works is Sanisorb eliminates moisture and draws the air from inside the unit through its unique molecular structure therefor all odour causing bacteria is eliminated instantly leaving the contents completely dry.