Aerofloat ensured clean wash water and sustainable operations for Circular Plastics Australia

Located in Albury-Wodonga, the Circular Plastics facility is a joint venture between Asahi Beverages, Pact Group Holdings Ltd and Cleanaway Waste Management Ltd. Australian company Aerofloat was contracted to design and construct the wastewater treatment system for the project to ensure clean, reusable wash water within the plant and a sustainable end-product.

The project heralds the third venture that Astron Sustainability, a subsidiary of Pact Group, and Aerofloat has worked on together.

Aerofloat’s design ensured a sustainable, long-term solution for Circular Plastics. Clean wastewater from the system is either re-used as wash water within the plastics recycling facility or discharged to sewer.  Aerofloat worked closely with the local council to ensure its strict policies and guidelines around managing microplastics in its inland waterways are met.

Aerofloat has created sustainable wastewater treatment designs for major plastics recycling businesses across Australia. The Australian, family-owned company has been awarded for its innovative approach to tackling plastics recycling wastewater issues and offers unique, patented designs to ensure economical and environmentally sustainable solutions for the industry.

Contact Aerofloat today to discuss how it can ensure clean wash water for your plastics recycling wastewater treatment plant.

The Need

Circular Plastics Australia required a wastewater treatment plant that would allow for expansion of the recycling facility in the future.

The system needed to ensure an odour-free end product and ensure sustainable and efficient operations.

The Solution

Aerofloat installed its circular dissolved air flotation unit, the AeroCircDAF, to treat higher flow volumes of wash water if needed as the facility grows.

It also included its fully automated, intelligent PLC control system to accommodate the integration of additional Aerofloat technology as the business expands.

The Benefit

Aerofloat’s partnership with Circular Plastics Australia ensured compliant wastewater that can be reused as wash water within the recycling plant, helping to reduce the company’s footprint further with significant savings on water usage.

Background

Aerofloat designed and constructed a wastewater treatment system for Circular Plastics Australia to ensure clean, reusable wash water within the plant and a sustainable end-product. Located in Albury-Wodonga, the Circular Plastics facility was a joint venture between Pact Group, Cleanaway Waste Management Ltd, Asahi Beverages, and new partner Coca-Cola Europacific Partners (CCEP).

Circular Plastics Australia (PET) is leading the charge with the construction of a world-class recycling facility in Victoria, with the Albury-Wodonga facility recycling the equivalent of around one billion 600ml PET bottles annually. The resulting recycled plastic will be used to produce new bottles as well as food and beverage packaging.

Aerofloat’s wastewater treatment plant design ensured a sustainable, long-term solution for Circular Plastics. Clean wastewater from the system is discharged to sewer and has an optional reuse loop to be used within the facility. Aerofloat is working closely with the local council to ensure its strict policies and guidelines around managing microplastics in its inland waterways are met.

The Aerofloat Solution

Aerofloat installed its patented DAF technology to ensure a mechanically simple and robust solution. The system was designed to meet strict discharge standards set by the local council to remove microplastics from wastewater during the recycling process and treat biological waste.

The system included a complete suite of DAFs to remove solid waste, including an AeroCirc DAF and Aerofloat’s patented AeroDAF 200, as well an MBBR to remove the biological waste. pH correction, turbidity and suspended solid monitoring were included in the final effluent tank, to ensure the highest quality effluent, meaning that any out of spec water was recirculated to the balance tank for further treatment.

Uniquely, a screw press was installed to dewater the sludge containing microplastics. This allowed the dried sludge to be placed in a bin rather than needing to be sucked out by a speciality truck. The excess water from the screw press then goes back into the wastewater treatment plant for further treatment.

Aerofloat’s wastewater treatment plant design provided for the current needs as well as expansion of the recycling facility in the future. The AeroCirc DAF can treat higher flow volumes of wash water if needed as the facility grows. Additionally, its fully automated, intelligent PLC control system can accommodate the integration of additional Aerofloat technology as the business expands.

plastics recycling wastewater

The Results

Clean wastewater from the system is discharged to sewer and has an optional reuse loop to be used within the facility. Aerofloat worked closely with the local council to ensure its strict policies and guidelines around managing microplastics in its inland waterways were met.

Aerofloat’s design met Circular Plastic’s vision for a sustainable facility, helping to reduce water usage significantly, with the option for reuse in the future. Aerofloat’s design ensured a sustainable, long-term solution for Circular Plastics.

Aerofloat is continuing its work with the facility, providing remote support and ongoing servicing of the site as well as competitive chemicals supply.

After Care Service

Aerofloat can help you maintain optimal performance of your wastewater treatment system long after installation.

Servicing – Chemical Supply – Sampling & Analysis – System Automation & Remote Monitoring

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