Dale Robbins, General Manager - Eco Cycle (which is a subsidiary business
to CMA) Centre, Cr Mohamad Abbouche the Mayor of Hume City, and right,
Hon Gavin Jennings, Minister for the Environment and Climate.
CMA Corporation (ASX: CMV) is pleased to announce the opening
of its new $10 million mercury recycling facility at Campbellfield
The new state of the art facility is part of the CMA EcoCycle
division and is the only EPA-licensed mercury recovery and
distillation plant in Australia.
It is capable of processing and recovering the mercury,
aluminium and glass found in most of the 90 million energy
efficient light globes and fluorescent tubes disposed of each
year in Australia and all dental amalgam waste generated by
Australian dentists. The new facility will support a major growth
push from existing levels, with CMA aiming to build throughout
from 2 per cent of disposed globes currently to 10 per cent by the
end of 2008.
A major chunk of the growth is expected from a new contract
with retailing giant Woolworths that will see CMA EcoCycle
processing approximately 70 tonnes per annum of their discarded
tubes and globes.
CMA Managing Director Doug Rowe said the company believed
the Campbellfield facility had the potential to be a substantial
contributor to CMA, with the first earnings contribution expected
“We are looking to significant growth based on the existing
market and regulatory settings,” said Rowe.
“However, there is fast-growing community and political
support for the mandatory recycling of end of life, mercury
containing lighting products and amalgam waste from dentists.
This would provide a further major boost to both CMA and the
In opening the facility, Victorian Environment Minister Gavin
Jennings said that generally light globes end up in landfill
and while modern landfills are constructed to strict standards
that minimise any risk of mercury being released into the
environment, the globes also contain valuable resources such as
aluminium, glass and plastics that can be re-used.
“From a resource efficiency perspective, as well as to safeguard
our environment, the ideal solution is to recycle the materials in
these globes when they reach the end of their life,” he said.
Jennings congratulated CMA EcoCycle on investing in a first
CMA EcoCycle’s facility will be served by collection and crushing
plants in all major Australian cities as well as mobile units
capable of handling more remote areas.
Rowe said CMA’s EcoCycle business was growing quickly though
the awareness of the dangers of mercury entering landfills and
“We see an enormous future for CMA EcoCycle,” said Rowe.
“Support from Government, councils and industry is encouraging
and we are starting to see some momentum with compliance
“Even though it’s promoted that there is only a small amount
of mercury in fluorescent tubes and globes, the total amount
is significant when you consider that 90 million are thrown out
“This can add up to many tonnes of mercury entering our
“We all agree that mercury waste in landfill is environmentally
damaging and bad for the community.”
Rowe said the Australian Dental Association in Victoria in
conjunction with the EPA and water boards had also recently
launched a program of voluntary compliance in relation to the
recycling of mercury-containing dental amalgam used in fillings.
He said further target markets for mercury recycling were the
petrochemical and mining sectors.
For further information visit www.cmaecocycle.net
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