New soil treatment plant opens

A BUSINESS that treats contaminated soil before it goes to landfill has opened in St Marys.

Worth Recycling opened its soil recycling plant last Thursday.

The company receives contaminated soil which is then treated with chemicals to "bind the soil" and nullify any negative environmental impact, before being taken to landfill.

"Our existing site at South Windsor had grown to the point where we needed to expand," general manager Steve Matthews said. "We found Penrith Council very receptive and supportive of the idea."

No smells will come from the Charles Street site and Mr Matthews believes there will be no community concerns.

"We have a good track record at our South Windsor site," he said.

"We don't take putrescible waste."

It's hoped the St Marys site can start treating contaminated soil by the end of the year and add to the 20 staff already working there.

"We're in talks with the Environment Protection Authority about getting a licence," Mr Matthews said.

"Our plan is to continue growing so we can keep employing local people."

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