The UR-3R Process®
Through global research of available waste technologies combined with an independent analysis of thousands of kilograms of waste, Global Renewables was able to develop a patented sorting plant called the ResourceSort® which sorts household waste into recyclables and organic materials. This was the first step towards developing the patented Urban Resource – Reduction, Recovery and Recycling (UR-3R) Process® which is used at the Eastern Creek Facility.
In the UR-3R Process® municipal waste is sorted using the inherent properties of the material such as size, shape and density into three main categories: recyclables, organics, and non-recyclable inorganic materials. The recyclables and organics go through sorting and cleaning processes to be ready to be sold as recyclables or further processed into stabilised organic product. This results in a reduction in greenhouse gas emmisions that would otherwise be generated if the waste was landfilled without treatment.
The UR-3R technology is consistent with the waste hierarchy philosophy towards achieving a wasteless society as it allows waste that would otherwise be disposed to be recycled or recovered. This process also supports waste reduction and reuse initiatives run by councils and community groups.