Mildura Weekly : Friday March 11 Vol 10 No 18
NEWS 05 FRIDAY, MARCH 11, 2016 MILDURAWEEKLY.COM.AU By VINNIE RODI CONSTRUCTION of Mildura Rural City Council’s new ‘bulk-up’ waste facility is nearing completion, with the project expected to be operation- al next month. Council’s manager of Building and Environmental Services, Matt George, said the near 500 square metre facility at the Mildura Landfill site would act as a transfer station for the region’s recyclables. “This site will allow us to do a bit of sorting to take out the obvious contamination in kerbside recy- clables, and then transport the rest to Melbourne,” he said. Construction of the facility official- ly began in July last year under local contractor Capitil Manufac- turing and De- velopment, with the project jointly funded by Council and Sustainability Victoria. “Sustainability Victoria contributed between $50,000 to $60,000 to the site” Mr George said. “Obviously with the waste charge on residents’ rates bill, part of that pays for rehabilitation of landfill, while the other part pays for the improve- ment of infrastructure.” The facil- ity is expected to save Council $500,000 a year in waste costs over the next 10 years, and will be leased by a private contractor – initially Cleanaway – with any- where from six to 10 staff employed to run the facility. “Most importantly for Council, the savings on this contract com- pared to previous years was signifi- cant enough to fund the project,” Mr George said. “We anticipate that those savings will essentially see the facility pay for itself in the first year.” Mr George described the facility as Council’s next step in improving its kerbside recycling practices. “It’s always disappointing when you know something can be recycled or recovered, but there isn’t the ca- pacity available to do so,” he said. “There’s nothing worse than putting recyclables in landfill, and it’s fantas- tic that we don’t do that any more. “The actual time frame for this project started in February 2014, when Council awarded the kerbside recycling and processing contract to Cleanaway. “Part of that contract involved es- tablishing a recycling facility of sorts – whether it be a processing plant or in this case a bulk-up facility – in Mildura. “This facility is the result of that tendered process, and we have cer- tainly gone with the best price for the community, and the most cost- effective option. “This facility also provides better environmental outcomes in terms of diverting more waste from landfill. “For us this facility was an abso- lute no-brainer, and we now have an asset for the future.” Mr George said that part of the funding arrangement with Sustain- ability Victoria included incorpo- rating an educational component into the facility, with Council work- ing closely with the Loddon Mallee Waste and Resource Recovery Group to achieve that goal. “We will also look to engage with schools once the facility is up and running,” he said. “The aim there would be to allow students to see the recycling process in action, and help them understand why it’s important to recycle. “We also have the Mildura Eco Village site next door to this facility, and they are looking at all sorts of sustainable practices from gardening to power and water consumption, and it’s logical to put waste in that same breath. “We now have something on site we can certainly incorporate into their work.” • Continued Page 6 ‘Bulk-up’ waste facility build nears completion • NEARLY THERE: Mildura Rural City Council manager of Building and Environmental Services, Matt George, INSET, is looking forward to construction of Council’s new bulk-up waste facility to be finalised next month. Once complete, the facility will act as a transfer station for the region’s recyclables. clables, and then transport the rest to Melbourne,” and Sustainability “Sustainability Victoria years, and will be leased by a private contractor – initially Cleanaway – with any- where from six to 10 staff Mildura BMW Cnr Seventh St & Etiwanda Ave, Mildura. Ph (03) 5021 2999. www.mildurabmw.com.au LMCT 10074 Mildura BMW Sales Finance Service Parts THE FIRST EVER BMW M2 COUPÉ IS COMING TO MILDURA BMW. FAST-TRACKED FOR GREATNESS. One of the most anticipated Ultimate Driving Machines is about to hit Australian roads – and racetracks. The first ever BMW M2 Coupé will deliver superior driving dynamics, perfectly-balanced 50:50 weight distribution, the latest BMW TwinPower Turbo engines and a 0-100 km/h time of just 4.3 seconds for an M2 with M DCT transmission – all in a lighter, more nimble and aggressive looking body. Visit Mildura BMW today to arrange a test-drive and experience the first ever BMW M2 Coupé in all its glory.
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