Almost 8000 tonnes of sewage sludge has been recycled from the Warragul Wastewater Treatment Plant, thanks to a project undertaken by Gippsland Water.

Sewage sludge, also known as biosolids, was dredged from the treatment plant lagoon, dewatered and transported via 221 truckloads to Gippsland Water’s Soil and Organic Recycling Facility for composting.

Managing Director, Sarah Cumming, said the project is part of an ongoing commitment to protect the environment and reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.

“We’re working diligently to turn all of the biosolids produced at our wastewater treatment plants into compost,” Ms Cumming said.

“This equates to around 20,000 tonnes of waste that we’re recycling each year, which also reduces methane emissions.”

Ms Cumming said the desludging project would have additional benefits, including optimising the town’s important wastewater infrastructure.

“Importantly, it will increase wastewater service reliability for the Warragul township, which as we all know, is growing rapidly.”

The major desludging project took place between August and December 2018, with crews finalising project decommissioning in late March.

Siobhan Day is the Assistant Editor of Utility magazine and Pump Industry magazine, and has been part of the team since early 2019. With a background in management in the non-profit sector, Siobhan has extensive experience in communications, professional writing and client management. She holds a Bachelor of Business and Communications and is currently completing a postgraduate degree.


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