Materials Management (MM) - Foam Suppression System

The MM tipping bay is used to feed raw materials (shale, clay) into the cement making process.

Through ambient air monitoring analysis and visual inspection of the materials tipping process this area was identified as a minor discharge point for fugitive dust emissions.

It was subsequently added to the current Birkenhead Environmental Improvement Program (EIP) by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) and Community Liaison Group (CLG).

After a successful trial of the foam suppression system, it was fully implemented in late 2014. The system has reduced fugitive dust loads generated during tipping and unloading (front end loaders and trucks) of materials into the MM tipping bay through the use of the foam spray.

This patented dust suppression solution is used to essentially 'weigh down' dust particles, effectively preventing them from becoming airborne. Any dust captured in the foam will fall back into the hopper and into the materials delivery system.

MM Foam Suppression

LICENCE RENEWAL – October 2017

Our current Birkenhead EPA licence is due to expire in October 2017. We are currently working with the EPA on new licence requirements, with initial meetings particularly focussing on air quality. As a local resident, we encourage you to let us know how you feel we can improve our new licence conditions. You can provide your feedback via the ‘Contact Us’ page. You can also view our existing licence and initiatives on this site. more >>

Frequently Asked Questions On Health

The Birkenhead plant and the local community have co-existed for over 100 years, with a large number of residents working for Adelaide Brighton Cement and living in the area. The local community often ask questions on the topic of health. We have prepared a list of frequently asked health questions. more >>

The New Environmental Improvement Program

The New Environmental Improvement Program is now available to download. Click through to access the PDF. more >>