For Immediate Release 23 August 2016
Authorised by Anthony McMahon #222715
Boorowa set to Waste Less, Recycle More at proposed new Transfer Station
Hilltops Council is pleased to announce that works are progressing for the new Transfer Station for the Boorowa area.
Earlier in the year the former Boorowa Council was informed it was successful in securing funding under the NSW EPA’s Waste Less Recycle More Grants.
“The Council was successful in receiving two rounds of funding worth a total of$400,000 towards the establishment of a new facility to meet the needs of Boorowa into the future and towards the rehabilitation and revegetation ofCouncil’s traditional landfill areas at the Boorowa landfill site” said Council’s General Manager Anthony McMahon.
The new facility will include areas for all waste items currently accepted, as well as increased recycling opportunities and the construction of a waste transfer station – with waste being transported to the regional waste facility in Jugiong. “The regional waste facility services a number of surrounding Council’s including Yass Valley, the recently amalgamated Gundagai and Cootamundra Councils as well as the former Harden and Young Councils” said Mr McMahon.
There has been changing expectations and regulation in regards to the construction of landfills. Landfills can no longer be a hole in the ground, and now need to be engineered to meet environmental guidelines. The former Boorowa Council recognised the changing landscape and had planned for the eventual change from ‘tip’ to transfer station in their Waste Management Strategy. “Prior to the waste strategy the Boorowa Council had already been a member of the regional facility for several years with the strategy clarifying timeframes and costs associated with different courses of action” said Mr McMahon.
“When the strategy and associated funding models were developed it became obvious that the lowest cost long term solution was to provide and service a transfer station rather than own and operate an engineered landfill as required by the EPA” he said.
Plans for the rehabilitation of the old landfilled areas, and the new facility will be lodged with the EPA and Council in the coming weeks. It is expected that works on the new Waste Transfer Station and Resource Recovery Facility will commence later in the year depending on approval timeframes and tender periods with the new facility expected to open in June 2017.
“Council plans to operate the existing landfill up until the stage where the transfer station is operational to minimise the impact on the community” said Mr McMahon.
For anyone interested in hearing more about the new facility, Council will be holding an information session at the Boorowa RSL on Thursday, 8th September 2016 at 6pm.
For further information, please contact the Hilltops Council Boorowa office on 6380 2000.