During the past seven years, Bega Valley Shire Council spent $10.4 million on landfill construction costs.
Last year alone more than 21 thousand tonnes of material went into Bega Valley landfill. To meet national waste reduction targets, we need to recover these resources instead.
Projections based on current filling rates show the Shire’s only landfill site will be full in 15 years unless things change.
To combat this, we are modernising our waste facility approach with a major project that focuses on three key strategies to divert valuable resources away from landfill:
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These are considerable, but necessary, changes with the goal of drastically reducing the resources that are going to landfill, this is because:
The total cost of implementing the proposed Resource Recovery Project is approximately $3 to $4.5 million dollars. The final cost will be based on the construction costs of each element.
While this is a Council-funded project, we will be seeking grant funding from the State and Federal governments to offset any costs where possible. The proposed project and maintenance of the sites will draw on waste management charges generated through Council rates.
Councillors agreed on August 26 that our waste services need significant change. It was agreed a community information program be undertaken to explain why the proposed changes are being recommended. On September 28, Council will start a series of Community Information Sessions where people can learn more about the project. If the proposed project is adopted, Council will start work immediately, with improvements such as kerbside pick-up and bin banks rolling out this financial year. Larger projects, such as the proposed Resource Recovery Centre, will require approval from planning authorities, and could take up to three years to complete. Council is aiming to deliver the whole project within the next five years.
Council will only close the Merimbula, Wallagoot and Bemboka sites once the three main resource recovery centres are fully operational. We will keep the community informed as the project progresses.
The Bega Valley Shire Council’s Waste Management Strategy ‘Recycling the Future’ (2018-2028) delivers the community’s vision for the future as outlined in Council’s Community Strategic Plan:
“Greater investment in innovative waste management technologies and processes, a focus on public litter, greater recycling and harnessing the benefits of local waste transformation.”
A kerbside collection service is where the garbage truck drives past your property and collects your bins and in most instances you bring your bin out weekly for collection. We use bin banks in remote rural areas when the collection truck is unable to drive past your property. With bin banks, Council allocates bins in the locked bin bank to each resident and you have 24-hour access to dispose of your waste. When determining bin bank locations Council tries to locate them as close as possible to a group of properties.
This example of a modern Waste Management Centre is a drive-through facility that allows customers to deliver all sorts of recyclable products and general waste at a series of easy-to-use drop-off points. The proposed Resource Recovery Precinct near Bega will be similar to this facility.