Work set to start on new waste transfer and resource recovery facility

Burnie Mayor Steve Kons will turn the first sod at the current Mooreville Road Waste Management Centre, where work is set to begin tomorrow (Friday 11 May) on the construction of a new waste transfer facility.

Mayor Steve Kons said, “The new waste transfer and resource recovery project when completed will still allow residents and businesses to dispose of their waste at the Mooreville Road site as they currently do, however one of the main differences is that the waste will be sorted to increase recovery of re-use and recyclable materials before being transferred to the Dulverton regional landfill.”

The current Mooreville Road site is very close to being filled.

“Council last year, investigated a number of options, including expanding the current site and determined that the best solution both financially and environmentally would be to construct a new waste transfer facility that will improve resource recovery,” he said.

Transpacific Waste Management Pty Ltd will build and operate the facility under a 10 year contract with Council.

“The new facility will see improvements to the way waste is disposed with users dropping off their waste undercover and additional materials recovered from the waste stream prior to transfer to landfill.

“Since 2006 annual waste to landfill at the Mooreville Road site has reduced 32% and we hope to see ongoing improvements in reducting waste to landfill in our region, due to the new facility,” he said.

The project is set to be completed by the end of September 2012.

“During construction, the community should not be impacted and will be able to dispose of waste and recyclables in the normal manner.

“The landfill cell and surrounding waterway will be rehabilitated and will eventually turned into grassland and native vegetation to become a far more attractive and appealing area,” Mayor Kons said.

For further information please contact

Libby Dobson
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
(03) 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728