7 August 2020

Goulburn Waste Management Centre upgrade gets the go-ahead

| Kim Treasure
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Artist impression of the new Goulburn Waste Management Centre.

An artist impression of the new Goulburn Waste Management Centre. Images: Supplied.

An upgraded Goulburn Waste Management Centre should reduce the amount of waste going into landfill and bring down the cost for some users.

The new Goulburn Waste Management Centre, also known as Re-Use Goulburn (RUG), will complete the site’s transformation from traditional landfill to a modern waste management centre, according to Goulburn Mulwaree Council Mayor Bob Kirk.

“It is important we recycle as much as possible and that our community reduces the amount it disposes of in landfill,” he said.

“The new facilities will be constructed with this as their purpose, while also improving the experience for our customers visiting the waste centre who will be able to dispose of most waste streams in an undercover facility.”

The NSW Government’s Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) has now granted development approval for the project, and council is expected to release tender documentation for construction in the near future.

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“That the DA went through the JRPP so quickly is testament to the benefits the facility will create for our community and our commitment to sustainability,” said Mayor Kirk.

“Goulburn Waste Management Centre has undergone significant improvements during recent years with the introduction of recycling assistants that help customers separate and dispose of their waste in the appropriate locations.

“The new centre will take this to a new level and provide greatly enhanced facilities for recycling, waste disposal and education.”

The upgrade will include a Re-Use Hub, or tip shop, located prior to entering the main waste disposal area. This will allow people to dispose of reusable items conveniently when they are on their way to the waste centre. Items will then be repaired if required and on-sold.

Items such as furniture and building products are expected to be popular.

Based on feedback from other councils, these facilities are generally cost-neutral to run and reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.

The second component of the upgrade is a new recycling shed located near the current waste drop-off bays. This will be an undercover, one-stop-shop for waste disposal with a Community Recycling Centre for hazardous wastes, drop-off areas for recyclables such as mattresses, polystyrene and cardboard, plus facilities to allow for weighed disposal of items such as organic waste, co-mingled recycling and landfill waste.

This will enable mixed loads to be separated at the point of disposal. Rather than having trailer load charges, council will then be able to charge recyclables, for example, at a cheaper rate than waste disposed in landfill, thus reducing the costs for users.

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There will also be an education centre and a second weighbridge so vehicles will not have to access the weighbridge from both directions.

The Community Recycling Centre component of the upgrade is supported by the NSW Environmental Trust as part of the NSW Environment Protection Authority’s Waste Less, Recycle More initiative, funded from the waste levy.

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