Booth Transport has signed a second multi-million-dollar Environmental Upgrade Agreement with Moira Shire on Tuesday at their Strathmerton site.
The deal was signed at Booth Transport’s Strathmerton site last Tuesday and comes after both parties agreed to facilitate a state-of-the-art water treatment plant that will dramatically improve the company’s environmental footprint.
Construction of the plant is already under way and is expected to be completed in the next two months.
The 4500sqm facility will house a worm farm, which will work to clean the company’s waste water so it can be reused.
Booth Transport managing director Brian Booth said the process required thorough investigation before it could be given the green light.
‘‘We thought we could probably do something different and that’s what we have done. We checked around the world to see what could be done and we’ve come up with water treatment in a different way,’’ he said.
According to Mr Booth, the preliminary stages of the development have been so encouraging that talks have already begun to see what the company can do to further improve.
‘‘We’re only halfway through this process and we are talking about expansion already,’’ he said.
‘‘We’ve got a new workshop down the back which is going to be for tanker cleaning of non-dairy products.’’
The idea to introduce the water cleaning plant came about because of the hassle associated with the waste stream process that naturally occurs after milk is emptied from the tankers.
Booth Transport plant manager Michael Banfield said the new alternative would deliver more efficient results.
‘‘The waste water will be able to be used again on local farms for irrigation purposes, benefiting the region,’’ Mr Banfield said.
Booth Transport will be pioneers in this field from an Australian perspective, with no other businesses on home soil running this type of operation.
The company is expecting it to take off because of the efficiency and environmental advantages.
The new process will mean a reduction of 3000 tonnes of carbon emissions per year.
Moira Shire Mayor Libro Mustica welcomed the agreement and said the benefits would be two-fold.
‘‘It will mean 77 new jobs. It will attract other businesses to the town. We have the raw material within the Moira Shire to attract other companies, so we want these companies to expand and grow,’’ he said.
‘‘I want these kinds of developments to come on more and more. It’s certainly a great capture for the Moira Shire.’’
It is the second agreement between the two parties. A solar panel network comprising the largest indoor Tesla battery in the world was signed off in October.