On Wednesday the 31st of January members and friends of the Rotary Club of Berwick converged onto the Veolia Green Recycling facility in South Dandenong, on a mission to learn more about how Veolia Environmental Services are transforming tonnes of green waste each year into compost products used by farmers to revive barren soil and produce healthier crops.
The visit was organised by our Service Project Director, Jennifer Marshall and her husband Steve (pictured below), who also manages the facility.
Steve was our host and tour guide and he did a fantastic job keeping the audience captivated during the hour long presentation and tour, sharing information about all the intricacies in the industry with a particular focus on green waste recycling. Veolia is currently the leading processor of waste food organics in the metropolitan Melbourne market, with its joint venture in-vessel composting facility (NRS) in Dandenong. This facility is said to be the only metropolitan facility licensed by the EPA to process food waste and has been successfully converting food and garden organic wastes into soil improvement products since 2000.
With facilities in every corner of the globe, Veolia has over 163,000 employees worldwide. In 2016, the Veolia group supplied 100 million people with drinking water and 61 million people with wastewater service, produced 54 million megawatt hours of energy and converted 30 million metric tons of waste into new materials and energy.
Thank you Steve for being such a great host and for what was a most informative presentation and tour of the facility...
The Pizzas were great and the Rotary Fellowship most enjoyable!!