The Vital Role of Australian Renderers in the Circular Bioeconomy

Australia’s rendering industry is playing an increasingly pivotal role in championing sustainability and the circular bioeconomy. Currently over 2.7 million tonnes of animal material that would otherwise end up in landfill is processed into valuable fat, oil, and protein products annually.

Important environmental benefits include:

  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions and resource efficiency: The rendering industry helps to divert valuable animal material from landfill, where it would produce methane – a potent greenhouse gas – and promotes resource efficiency.

  • Lowering energy and water consumption: Rendering facilities use less energy and water compared to other animal waste disposal methods such as incineration, which can be energy-intensive and produce air pollution.

  • Circular bioeconomy: The industry is an integral part of the circular bioeconomy by converting animal by-products into useful products such as animal feed, pet food, and biodiesel. This reduces the need for virgin materials and supports a more sustainable bioeconomy.

  • Food security: Rendered products produced by the industry are used in animal feed and pet food, contributing to food security by providing a reliable source of nutrition for livestock and pets.

  • Supporting local communities: Rendering facilities provide employment opportunities and can support local communities, particularly in regional areas where the industry is often located.

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