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Waste management facility for winery

Queensland-based winery Sirromet takes just as much care

40 times a year and recycling approximately 250,000 glass

with its waste management and impact on the environment

bottles a year, the winery has 800 solar panels spanning two

as it does with its wine production, recently relocating and

buildings, generating 200 kW of solar power — enough to run

installing a new $700,000 waste treatment facility on its

50 households.

Mount Cotton property. The fully computerised waste treatment

In addition, Sirromet utilises a cogeneration system in

facility has taken 15 months to install and has the capacity to

the winery fridge plant, circulating approximately 30,000 L of

process 50,000 L of waste per day, with a holding capacity

55°C hot water back into the feed of the gas water boilers,

of 350,000 L.

saving over $100,000 a year. The winery has also adopted

“Everyday waste management,

temperature-saving designs with

such as placing rubbish into the

double concrete thickness flooring

waste bins and rates for sewage

to prevent warmth increase from

and water usage, all comes at a

the earth through the floor, as

cost,” said chief winemaker and

well as air tunnels on the storage

project manager Adam Chapman.

building allowing any heat to be

“At Sirromet, we want to put

sucked out of the roof space

money into developing new waste

before entering into the storage

and eco strategies to enhance

facility.

the environment and at the same

Chapman concluded that

time reducing our annual costs

Sirromet is no ordinary winery

for waste removal.”

or production facility.

Chapman said the new waste

“We are constantly redeveloping

treatment facility pours 58,000 L/year of old sludge onto drying

our processes and are looking to the future to ensure we

beds which are designed to evaporate 85% to atmosphere,

remain as sustainable and accountable to the environment as

with the balance sent to Sirromet’s worm farm.

we possibly can,” he said.

“Our wastewater plant treats and re-uses approximately

“Looking to the future of wine production, we are beginning

7.6 million litres of water a year and we use this recycled

to adopt life-cycle analysis (LCA), which is popular in the United

water to water the plants and vines on the property,” he

Kingdom and is gaining awareness in Australia. By developing

said. “Our worm farm not only treats the carbon-based waste

carbon labelling we will be able to show consumers what

from the dry sludge, but our worms also take care of 150

Sirromet is doing not only to help save the environment, but

tonnes of skins and stems from the winery annually.” Along

to show the full life cycle of a bottle of wine’s production and

with compressing and reselling 40 kg bales of plastic up to

also express in grams per litre the carbon dioxide equivalents.”

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