Heath­cote dump reach­ing ca­pac­ity


FROM July 1, the Heath­cote Land­fill will be­come the Heath­cote Trans­fer Sta­tion and will op­er­ate from 8am to 5pm on Wed­nes­days, Thurs­days, Satur­days and Sun­days.

City of Greater Bendigo re­source re­cov­ery and ed­u­ca­tion man­ager Brooke Pearce said that the Heath­cote Land­fill was fi­nally reach­ing its ca­pac­ity mak­ing the need to change oper­a­tions at the site an in­evitable process.

“Cur­rently about 55 per cent of the waste that has been de­posited on the tip­ping face at Heath­cote Land­fill is re­cy­clable,’’ Ms Pearce said. ‘‘This is ma­te­rial that could have been di­verted from land­fill and re­cy­cled,” she added.

“The con­ver­sion to a trans­fer sta­tion will al­low us to in­crease the sep­a­ra­tion and re­cov­ery of re­cy­clable ma­te­ri­als from the waste stream, which means that less will end up in land­fill.

“Res­i­dents will still be able to dis­pose of their house­hold waste and re­cy­clables at the site, and by sort­ing their load be­fore they ar­rive at the sta­tion would help the coun­cil — and ratepay­ers — save on dis­posal costs.

“By sep­a­rat­ing re­cy­clable ma­te­ri­als prior to dis­posal res­i­dents will have lower gate fees and this not only ben­e­fits the res­i­dent but also pre­vents valu­able re­sources end­ing up in land­fill.

“Do­mes­tic quan­ti­ties of re­cy­clable ma­te­ri­als will be ac­cepted at the site free of charge.

‘‘This in­cludes comin­gled re­cy­clables, fer­rous and non-fer­rous met­als, paper, card­board and poly­styrene.

“In ad­di­tion, do­mes­tic green waste will also be ac­cepted free of charge from July 1, 2018. Hope­fully res­i­dents will see this as a pos­i­tive change.

‘‘Not only will we see less go­ing to land­fill but res­i­dents who sort their loads will also ben­e­fit by pay­ing less in dis­posal fees.

“The trans­fer sta­tion will con­tinue to of­fer a range of pre-loved items for sale at bar­gain prices.

“It’s great news for res­i­dents of the Heath­cote district.”

A full list of what will be ac­cepted at the Heath­cote Trans­fer Sta­tion is avail­able at bendigo.vic.gov.au

Photo:Elise Ni­cole

UP AND OVER— Re­becca Cane from the Heath­cote and District Pony Club.

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