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Total waste management for Children's Hospital
Transpacific is working to provide a total waste management solution for Abigroup’s construction of the $1.4 billion Queensland Children’s Hospital.
Abigroup, one of Australia’s leading national contractors, is constructing the 12-storey Children’s Hospital in South Brisbane with an additional four levels of underground parking, which is due to open in 2014.
Transpacific was initially employed, in January 2011, for the bulk transport of contaminated soil to its New Chum landfill and to remove liquid waste.
However as work progressed on site, Abigroup also awarded the balance of the construction waste management to Transpacific. This is anticipated to amount to approximately 300 cubic metres per month of general waste, including packaging, sheet materials, steel, and concrete.
All construction waste from the site is placed in commingle bins and is sorted mechanically at Transpacific’s Willawong facility.
Transpacific Operations Manager, Bins and Bulk Haulage, Ian Craig said Transpacific guarantee 90 per cent recycling of material. “The concrete is crushed on site and sold as aggregate, steel is collected and sold, and plasterboard is crushed and sold as soil regeneration,” Ian said.
Abigroup Project Director Tim Treby, said he was impressed with Transpacific’s commitment to environmental and safety performance, value for money and service delivery excellence.
“Transpacific’s co-operative approach, professionalism of staff, quality of equipment, and willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty have helped to ensure we have the best waste management solutions.
“This means we can get on with the job we are here to do – building an awesome hospital for our kids,” Tim said.
Abigroup also wanted to find a way to recycle the water it uses to clean the concrete off the kibbles.
Ian explained, “The construction team needed to find a solution to wash out the kibble trays used to prevent concrete spillage on the roadway and continue with its best practice methods.
“We’ve designed a bin which will recycle the water and clean out the concrete kibbles at the same time, meaning that water gets pumped into an IBC (intermediate bulk container) and clean water is recycled back into the bin,” Ian said.