A biochar kiln at Jiggi. Ballina Shire Council wants to build a pyrolysis plant which will transform organic waste into biochar, which can be used as fertiliser, and syngas, which can be used to power the plant.
A biochar kiln at Jiggi. Ballina Shire Council wants to build a pyrolysis plant which will transform organic waste into biochar, which can be used as fertiliser, and syngas, which can be used to power the plant.

Ballina’s plan to reduce waste to ashes

THE community can learn more about Ballina Shire Council's proposed new pyrolysis plant at an information display next week.

Planned to be up and running by 2015, the project will be partly funded by a $4.25 million grant from the Federal Government.

The project will involve the construction of a 4000sqm slow-pyrolysis processing plant at Ballina's Waste Facility, which will process a large proportion of the region's wood waste, biosolids and municipal organic waste.

The new technology heats the organic waste without oxygen, turning it into two main substances called biochar and a gas called syngas.

Biochar is a carbon-based material which can be added to the soil, while Syngas can be used to generate renewable energy and power the plant.

Once operational, this will be the first full-scale commercial plant of this type operating in Australia.

A Pyrolysis Pop-Up information display will be at 149 River St, Ballina, on February 20 from 12pm-6pm. (Note: previous date of February 19 is incorrect).



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