Ever wondered where the contents of your waste bin end up?
Published on 26 February 2020
Some Councillors and staff visited the Dulverton Waste Facility yesterday to find out.
It bought back memories of the senses (sight and smell) to some of us from the old days, going to the old Burnie Tip with our parents and the trailer and hurling our rubbish out into the pile!
The hill (pictured below) is where our waste is going now – the ground where we are standing while taking this picture will be as high as the far hill in 5 years!
Just a few things that we learned...
- The management of lechate (the water run off) from the waste is captured and treated so it have no negative effect on the environment and measures have been put in place to capture some of the methane (the dangerous gas that comes from organic material that is not composted) so it can be converted back to carbon dioxide.
- Methane is 84 times more potent than carbon dioxide!
- 50% of the contents of our waste bins (in the Cradle Coast region) is organics material...that is a lot of methane going into this landfill.
We then visited the Dulverton Compost Facility, the largest of its kind in Tassie.
If you drop green waste off at the Burnie Waste Management Centre – this is where it ends up. Along with other organic material such as supermarket organic waste, woodchips, by-products from the processing of animals, fish, dairy and vegetables, animal straw and manure, and biosolids from across Tasmania. It comes here to produce the most amazing nutrient rich compost… no smell here says Councillor Brumby!
Dulverton are constantly planning upgrades and improvements, including a cover for the facility.
This part of the visit was very interesting and its implications for the future are very exciting, especially with the state government’s commitment to reduce the volume of organic waste sent to landfill by 25% by 2025 and 50% by 2030.
Check out the Dulverton website to find out more www.dulverton.com.au