April 2022

Eco Resource Recovery (ECORR)

As the expectations on corporate social responsibility (CSR) increases around the globe, companies are recognising the requirement to act on sustainability from how they procure raw materials, practice responsible sourcing, improve energy use in operations and reduce wasteful packaging. CSR is not only important for the community, it’s equally valuable for the company as it boosts employee satisfaction, giving them a more connected purpose to the world around them.

One company that has embraced CSR is Eco Resource Recovery (ECORR) a family owned and operated business located in Wetherill Park, New South Wales. Evolving from its civil engineering contracting roots eight years ago,  Working in the Sydney market, offering a licensed facility operating under accredited Environmentally Safe Practices.

ECORR recognises the evolving importance for sustainability and have introduced innovative resource recovery and circular economy solutions into the operation of their business. Resource recovery is where waste is used as an input material to create products as new outputs. Recovering over 99 per cent of the company’s total waste including brick, asphalt and soil wastes that are then repurposed into performance engineered road bases, aggregates, sands and stabilised products.

ECORR has achieved an incredible 99 per cent recovery rate every year from 2017 to 2021, living up to its corporate tagline ‘Yesterday’s waste is the foundation for Sydney’s tomorrow.’

‘Our custom approach of working with our clients from the design phase to help them identify circular solutions, source cost competitive recycled alternatives and realise the competitive advantage of circular thinking makes us unique in this industry’ comments ECORR’s Managing Director; Martin O’Connell.

Experiencing significant business growth since taking over the processing and operation of products themselves in 2021, ECORR have plans for further expansion with a strong pipeline of projects over the coming years. Past infrastructure projects have been on a Federal, state and local government level, along with environmental and rehabilitation projects across New South Wales.

ECORR’s performance in the recycling industry is heavily reliant on productive, efficient and robust machinery for the quick loading, screening and crushing of waste materials. ECORR have chosen Hitachi Construction Machinery (Australia) Pty Ltd (HCA) as the provider of earthmoving machinery. This is due to the tailored suite of solutions ranging from technology based solutions that monitor machine performance to technical support and a 24/7 nationwide customer support team.

In the ECORR plant fleet, there are three Hitachi ZW330-5 wheel loaders and three Hitachi ZX360LC-5 excavators and an additional ZX360LC-5 on order due for delivery mid-2022.

‘The purchase process of these machines was simple, the easy going nature and responsiveness of Barry Cahill (Hitachi Major Accounts Manager) and Adam Scully (Hitachi Sales Representative) made the process pleasant and stress-free’ adds Martin.

Similar to ECORR, HCA works on initiatives that support the environment and community with the future in mind. Through the processes developed and implemented at the Hitachi Reman facilities, currently ninety percent of used products are being refurbished back into new componentry. Last financial year, Hitachi Reman took in 5,132 tonnes of used components, disposing of only 518 tonnes of true unusable waste, which resulted in refurbishing 4,614 tonnes of materials into OEM quality components – a result we endeavour to continually improve upon.

At a local level, HCA branches are being fitted with solar power and rain water tanks where feasible, and energy efficient lighting and recycling implementations. Reducing not only cost to the customer, but waste to landfill and CO2 in the manufacturing processes.

ECORR is finalising their 2025 Sustainability strategy which includes goals that encompass Climate Active Certification, certifying products with leading sustainability schemes (Environmental Product Declaration and Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia) and a reduction in scope 1, 2 and 3 carbon neutral emissions.

The sustainability initiatives taken by both ECORR and HCA combined with community support contribute towards the United Nations sustainable Development Goals (SDG), together achieving positive outcomes for society and the environment through their day to day business operations.

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