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Waste Station opens soon

Friday, 14th February, 2020

Council’s new Waste Transfer Station. PICTURE: Supplied Council’s new Waste Transfer Station. PICTURE: Supplied

City Council’s new Waste Transfer Station will open next week.

From February 17, residents will be able to deposit non-recyclable waste directly into large bins at the transfer station rather than driving to the rear of the facility to dump rubbish at the tip face.

This will help in reducing waste to landfill through recycling and will also ensure people are no longer near heavy machinery that operates at the tip face.

Council’s Waste and Sustainability Manager, Kathy Graham, said an overhaul of the operation of the waste facility was essential to ensure waste management is carried out in a sustainable and environmentally responsible manner.

“We’ve made some improvements in the last few years with the installation of the weigh bridge and the Community Recycling Centre, but it’s fair to say that more improvements were needed,” she said.

Ms Graham said she hoped the facility would encourage locals to sort their rubbish and recycle, rather than simply dumping it all.

“We have a great recycling area at the waste facility, but unfortunately the majority of users would simply bypass it and go straight to the tip face,” she said.

“The waste facility essentially now operates on a loop of sealed road, and there will be bays on the approach to the Waste Transfer Station where people can drop off their recyclables such as paper, cardboard, green waste, E-waste, steel, aluminium, plastic and glass.”

Residents are encouraged to sort their waste prior to coming to the waste facility to utilise recycling opportunities and avoid fees. Remaining general waste not suitable for recycling should be bagged or wrapped prior to being deposited at the Waste Transfer Station. 

Direct access to the tip face will still be available for commercial waste over 5 tonnes.

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