We have recently opened our largest landfill cell at the Central waste Facility in Wolumla. This fourth cell is the second-to-last we are allowed to build without seeking further state government approval through a development application process.
While we are working hard to divert waste from landfill, we still need to prepare for when these cells are full.
We have commenced a biodiversity and environmental constraints analysis and other preparation works that will eventually enable a Development Application to be lodged with the planning authority.
Site analysis will also help us develop a site masterplan, identifying parameters for any future land uses, such as the development of a Resource Recovery Precinct.
The funding for this project will be provided by Bega Valley Shire Council. All rateable assessments in the Bega Valley Shire pay a Waste Management Charge to cover the cost of waste management services including: operation and maintenance of transfer stations and landfills, delivery of waste minimisation programs, and rehabilitation of legacy landfill sites.
Council’s Waste Strategy Recycling our Future focusses on various waste management strategies aimed at diverting waste from landfill through waste minimisation and resource recovery. In February 2021, Council made a commitment to achieving the initiatives of the strategy, by resolving to upgrade existing waste transfer stations and invest in resource recovery and waste processing infrastructure.
Aside from site upgrades, a 30-year financial model for waste services also identifies the cost for remediation of more than 20 legacy landfill sites, and an expansion of the existing kerbside collection service to rural landholdings. Increases to waste charges are a reflection of our community’s ambition to provide a sustainable future for waste services.
This project is connected to numerous outcomes in Council’s Community Strategic Plan. These include: Sustainable long-term service delivery, innovative approach to waste management, minimise waste to landfill, increase recycling and resource recovery, environmental protection, minimise public place litter.
Waste Project Manager
Bega Valley Shire Council