High strength ink-waste was no problem for Aerofloat.

Pope Packaging was unable to find anyone willing to tackle its high-strength waste of up to 16,000 mg/L – until it spoke with Aerofloat.

The Need

In 2014, Pope Packaging was trucking away its high strength waste at significant cost. Pope was looking for an onsite alternative to treat the waste (with very limited space) to allow it to discharge the treated effluent to the sewer.

The Solution

Aerofloat worked with Pope Packaging, completing a significant testing regime to ensure it could treat the waste. After successful bench top trials, Pope engaged Aerofloat to install an AeroDAF 100 plus some hydraulic balancing and dilution stages to manage the high-strength waste.

The Benefit

Project success meant Pope Packaging was able to reduce its operational costs and trade waste charges.


Pope Packaging is a leading Australian supplier of paper, plastic and textile packaging products.

Its manufacturing and distribution sites are in most capital cities throughout Australia, and it also has a global presence.

Aerofloat was contracted to manage Pope Packaging’s production waste from one of its South Australian facilities. A lot of the packaging is custom printed and as such the wastewater produced has an average suspended solid loading of 16,000mg/L.

At the time, Pope Packaing was pumping out all its wastewater at a significant cost.

The Aerofloat Solution

The project included the design, installation and commissioning of an AeroDAF 100 unit plus hydraulic balancing, screening and pH correction.

Aerofloat worked closely with affiliated associates of Pope Packaging to complete the installation of the system. Aerofloat was ultimately responsible for the project management of the system but worked with contracted plumbers, electricians and builders, and was responsible for the commissioning of the system.

At the plant, the wastewater is initially diluted with additional washwater to reduce the suspended solids concentration to approximately 8,000 mg/L.

Aerofloat still continues to supply operational support and chemical supply.


When many of the large wastewater companies said, ‘it was untreatable’, Aerofloat stepped in.

With very high solids, minimal space for processing and a limited budget, Aerofloat was able to prove through extensive jar testing that it was treatable wastewater. The project was successfully designed for the limited area and commissioned to produce effluent to the SA water discharge requirements.

Aerofloat still continues to supply operational support and chemical supply to Pope Packaging.

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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