3 July 2020

Goulburn Waste Management Centre compost pad extension halfway complete

| Sharon Kelley
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Site of the new organic compost waste pad at Goulburn Waste Management Centre.

The site of the organic compost waste pad extension at Goulburn Waste Management Centre. Photo: Supplied.

The Goulburn Waste Management Centre has reached the halfway point in the construction of its organic compost pad extension.

Goulburn Mulwaree Council Mayor Bob Kirk said it was great to see significant progress at the site.

“Council is on track to receive approximately 1800 tonnes of organic FOGO [food organics and garden organics] waste this year,” he said. “This waste pad is key to us being able to handle this waste into the future.

“We will be able to comfortably compost the increased volumes we are receiving, eventually being left with a sellable product which will be a brilliant outcome.”

Construction of the extension is expected to be completed by September 2020 and will increase the area of the existing compost pad in order to hold and process larger volumes of organic waste now being collected following council’s FOGO bin rollout.

Goulburn Mulwaree Council awarded the tender for the extension to Goulburn company Denrith Pty Ltd in May. The company trades as Divall’s Earthmoving and Bulk Haulage.

Following the “FOGO February” campaign run by council earlier this year, and ongoing educational awareness efforts, waste contamination levels have dropped to below three per cent, which is a pleasing outcome.

Council staff will be undertaking further audit inspections during the coming weeks, and residents are encouraged to call the Waste Info Line on 02 4823 4417 if they have any questions.

Extension of the compost pad cost $345,181, of which 50 per cent came from the NSW Government’s Waste Less, Recycle More initiative.

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