iQ Renew were presented with the WCRA President’s Award at the WCRA (Waste Contractors & Recyclers Association of NSW) Annual Dinner on 29 November 2019.
iQ Renew received the award for outstanding industry-leading innovation in glass recycling solutions related to its Virtual Quarry.
The WCRA President’s Award recognises outstanding initiative by either an organisation or an individual from the NSW or ACT waste management sector that enhances the reputation of the waste and recycling industry by improving service levels, operational efficiency or sustainability of resource management.
The WCRA President’s Award is voted by industry peers.
iQ Renew will have its name engraved on a perpetual trophy retained for display at the WCRA office.
About our Virtual Quarry
The iQ Renew Virtual Quarry is a secondary processing facility for glass located in Wyong on the NSW Central Coast. We believe it is the only facility of its type and scale in Australia.
iQ Renew’s Virtual Quarry produces the highest quality recycled glass sand product, which is washed and finely crushed and therefore suitable to use in a wide range of applications. The finished glass aggregates are currently being used by Councils and civil construction contractors, as well as concrete companies, block, paving, tile and benchtop manufacturers, sandblasters and companies supplying drainage solutions, who use the sand as a filtration medium.
Australia consumes about 1.36 million tonnes of glass packaging per year. NSW alone produces about 460,000 tonnes of used glass per year. iQ Renew’s Virtual Quarry in Wyong recently received expanded development approval from the Central Coast Council (June 2019), which subsequently led to the EPA issuing a processing licence to crush and wash 30,000 tonnes of recovered glass at the site annually. iQ Renew’s management team plan to expand the Virtual Quarry capacity to 110,000 tonnes per annum (which would be sufficient to process 50% of all recovered glass in NSW).
The Waste Contractors and Recyclers Association of NSW (WCRA) is a registered industrial body of employers that addresses business issues relating to the waste and recycling industry on behalf of its constituent Members. WCRA has been operating for over 65 years lobbying on behalf of its members ensuring that their voice is heard among all levels of government and also providing its members with support, training, resources and networking opportunities.