On average, every Australian throws out 650 kilograms of general waste per year. That’s almost two and a half tonnes for a household of four.
Weekly, household rubbish is collected and taken to landfill. As the waste decomposes, chemical and microbial activity create landfill gas.
The gas contains 40-60% methane, a source of energy with extraordinary potential. It is captured and funnelled through a 4.7km pipeline.
The gas is conditioned, treated and used to fire the kilns at Austral Brickworks. In fact, it contributes up to 85% of the total energy required.
This process helps to create 130 million bricks every year. That’s enough to build around 145,000 homes for families.