About Kimbriki Resource Recovery Centre

Kimbriki Environmental Enterprises Pty Ltd (Kimbriki) is an innovative waste and recycling centre with a dry landfill located on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Kimbriki aims to be a centre of excellence for environmental services associated with the generation of waste and to provide education to the community.

Kimbriki is owned by Northern Beaches Council (96%) and Mosman Council (4%) and works with its community, shareholders, employees, partners and the waste industry to deliver and promote efficient services that reduce waste to landfill and increase resource recovery.

Kimbriki has a long, successful history and record of achievement dating back to 1974 when the gates first opened. Kimbriki was originally established as a landfill. Fees and charges were introduced in 1979.

Over the years, Kimbriki has grown in size and strength, and complexity.

In 1989-90, resource recovery operations for vegetation and scrap metal commenced on site and the Kimbriki Recycling and Waste Disposal Centre commenced.

This significant shift from waste disposal to resource recovery shaped the future of Kimbriki and today the site recycles over 80% of incoming wastes extending the remaining life of the Kimbriki landfill past the 2000’s and well into the 2040’s at the present rate.

To date, more than 2.5 million tonnes of waste has been diverted from landfill at Kimbriki through resource recovery operations on site.

The challenge to recover more continues with the mixed waste stream. Customers are encouraged to separate their wastes, which increases resource recovery, but also reduces the amount of waste landfilled.

In 2013, Kimbriki installed a landfill gas collection and gas flare. This captures ~490m3 per hour with ~50% methane.

In 2019, Kimbriki constructed and commissioned a Leachate Treatment Plant onsite. The plant captures and treats the leachate generated on site and is currently discharging up to 500,000 litres per day to the sewer.


Quick Facts 

Ownership: Kimbriki Environmental Enterprises Pty Ltd, ABN 65 136 789 261 is owned by two Council Shareholders – Northern Beaches Council (96%) and Mosman Municipal Council (4%). The company is managed by an independent, non-executive Board of Directors.

NSW EPA licences: Kimbriki’s licences are available on the NSW EPA website. Enter the licence number to view the full licence.

     Environmental Protection Licence 13090 – for resource recovery

     Environmental Protection Licence 13091 – for waste disposal

Kimbriki’s monitoring reports are published monthly on this site. Click here to view the Environmental Compliance information. 

Size of site:  34 hectares

Number of Employees: 46 direct plus 30 contractors

Operations:
Open 7 days per week from 7am to 5pm. Closed only Christmas Day and Good Friday

On average, 1,000 vehicles access Kimbriki every day

Over 300,000 tonnes of waste received annually, with 82% currently being recycled. In FY17, Kimbriki received 313,000 tonnes.

Products Received:

Landfill

Recyclables

Inert mixed (non-putrescible) waste

Non-Friable Asbestos

Insulation

VENM (Virgin Excavated Natural Material)

Mattresses

E-waste – televisions, computers and computer peripherals

Metal

Lead Acid Batteries

Motor Oil

Charity Clothing

Vegetation

Household bottles, cans and containers

Cardboard & Paper

Concrete, brick, asphalt and tiles

Tyres – car and truck 

Toys – charity toys for repairs

When a customer enters Kimbriki via the entry weighbridge, the Kimbriki Weighbridge Attendant identifies the waste type(s) – this is done by inspecting the load at the entry weighbridge. Depending on the nature of the waste or recyclable material, the process of handling and disposal from this point varies widely.

Some materials such as paper & cardboard, scrap metal, glass, aluminium, plastic containers, lead acid batteries, used motor oil, and e-waste, are aggregated and removed off site for recycling.

Other materials are processed into re-use products on site, for example, bricks and concrete are crushed and screened into aggregates; timber is shredded and screened to make mulches.

Goods recovered from the mixed waste transfer station are transferred to the Buy Back Centre and offered for sale.

Some wastes, due to their inherently risky nature, are securely buried on site. This includes asbestos, insulation, and mixed waste.

Contractors on-site:

ANL

  • operates the vegetation and wood waste recycling area.
  • receives approx. 90,000 tpa of vegetation and wood waste from Council collections, self-haul residents and commercial customers.

Concrete Recyclers

  • operates the construction and demolition recycling area.
  • receives approx. 150,000 tpa of waste concrete, asphalt, brick and roof tiles from local contractors and residents.

IQ Renew

  • operates the household recyclables area for council yellow and blue household bins, as well as public drop off.
  • recyclables are transferred off-site to sorting facilities.

 

Powershift Tractors

  • provision of plant and operators to support landfill operations.
  • operates the transfer station recovery and haulage.

 

Recycled products for sale at Kimbriki

Kimbriki operates a Buy Back Centre which has been stocked with re-usable items such as furniture, building materials, fencing, sinks, windows and timber. Kimbriki staff source and recover these items from the waste being disposed to landfill. The shop operates 5 days per week and is CLOSED on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Concrete Recyclers produces a range of recycled roadbases, aggregates, gravels and sands.


Partners on-site

Artist in Residency

Northern Beaches Council and Kimbriki provide a nine month residency to create site-specific public artwork using resources that have been recovered from Kimbriki.

Two artists per year receive free non-residential studio space on-site at Kimbriki, plus a $3,000 allowance for materials.

www.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au

Artist in Residency page

Bikes 4 Life

Not-for profit charity, Bikes 4 Life (B4L), collects, restores and provides bicycles to marginalised and impoverished communities around the world. Volunteers attend monthly workshops to work on the bikes.

Bikes 4 Life aim to divert over 500 bikes from landfill every year.

www.bikes4life.com.au

 

TechCollect

Under the National Computer & TV Recycling Scheme, Kimbriki is an approved collection point for TechCollect, one of the Product Stewardship Organisations.

In the year 2017-2018, Kimbriki collected 444 tonnes of computers and TVs for recycling.

www.techcollect.com.au

Tumbleweed

The Eco House & Garden has an arrangement with Tumbleweed, selling a range of products to help people start their home composting and worm farming.

www.tumbleweed.com.au

 Kimbriki’s History

Kimbriki was originally established as a landfill in 1974.  Fees and charges were introduced in 1979.

In 1989-90, resource recovery operations for vegetation and scrap metal commenced on site and the Kimbriki Recycling and Waste Disposal Centre commenced.

This significant shift from waste disposal to resource recovery shaped the future of Kimbriki and today the site recycles over 80% of incoming wastes extending the remaining life of the Kimbriki landfill past the 2000’s and well into the 2040’s at the present rate.

To date, more than 2.5 million tonnes of waste has been diverted from landfill at Kimbriki through resource recovery operations on site.

The challenge to recover more continues with the mixed waste stream the next target!

Communities & Environment

Kimbriki Eco House and Garden

Kimbriki’s Eco House and Garden, built in 1999, is a unique education centre dedicated to exploring how to live more sustainably. This special area comprises an organic garden and the Eco House, which was constructed primarily from materials recovered from the Kimbriki site, otherwise destined for Kimbriki’s landfill.

Approximately 4,000 visitors come through the Eco House & Garden every year to attend an educational workshop, to participate in a community group visit or school excursion, or to wander through the garden at their own pace. Workshops focus on organic waste management and waste minimisation and topics include self-watering garden beds, native bees, composting & worm farms, starting an organic vegie garden, pruning and propagation and natural food preserving.

The Eco House nursery offers a selection of plants that have been grown in the Eco Garden.

To support local schools in the Shareholder areas of Northern Beaches Council and Mosman Council, school excursions are provided for free. Students participate in an ecology workshop designed to support primary, secondary school and tertiary curriculum outcomes and tour Kimbriki’s waste and recycling facilities.