Waste managementwasting millions:Greens

“We have theinfrastructure to ensure a far better level of resource recovery, there is noexcuse for sending most of ourbulkygoodcollectionsinto landfill,” said Dr Townley.
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“The cost of developinga landfill site and the cost of using the facilities is in the millions,” saidcurrent Greens councillor Mark Graham. “The lifespan of the approximately $195 million regional waste managementfacility is considerably less than what was projected when the facility wascommissioned,’ he said, ‘and the landfill component currently has a maximumlifespan of approximately 6 years.”

“One reason could be because much of thebulkygoodscollections from Coffs Harbour-Bellingen-Nambucca are put into landfill evenwhen there are lots of recoverable resources like biomass and buildersmaterials. By puttingbulkygoodcollectionsinto landfill the lifespan of the landfill is being reduced by many yearscosting ratepayers tens of millions.

“With only six years of life left in the current landfill each of the threeCouncils will need to look within the next term at identifying and funding anew waste facility and/or landfill. “If it cost $195 million to build the regional waste management facilityapproximately seven years ago we can guarantee it will cost considerably morefor a new one,” said Cr Graham.

Carol Vernon, Greens candidate for Bellingen Council, with Cate Faehrmann, Greens MLC outside Raleigh Waste Centre.

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