Organics plant progress
Site works moving forward for facility operation in 2019
THREE years on from the roll out of the green lidded kerbside waste bins in Wangaratta and works are progressing well to have the local $3.58 million organics processing plant operational by 2019.
Civil works valued at $602,932 being carried out by Longford Civil Pty Ltd are nearing completion.
The plant, once operational, expects to save council ratepayers $500,000 annually, as council currently sends all its green waste to a plant in Stanhope with transport in 2017/18 costing ratepayers $700,000 per annum..
After extensive Environment Protection Authority (EPA) scrutiny, council was this year given a permit to establish the plant with the ability to process 5200 tonnes per annum.
In preparation for three shipments of geotech equipment being sent from the USA, the Rural City of Wangaratta council has been carrying out works including the excavation of a water leachate pond.
Council director – infrastructure services, Alan Clark, said it will require a one-metre thick clay floor and sides to prevent seepage into the earth, along with a 300mm crushed concrete layer.
He said the pond is required to catch the liquid from the compost material.
“The compost juices are nothing more than fertiliser however it is a requirement to deal with this in accordance to EPA standards,” he said.
Council is in receipt of one container of plant equipment and is waiting on the other two before technicians from the USA will fly over to commission the facility.
“We expect to tender for the concrete works required in October and this will include the building of the sheds and bunkers,” Mr Clark said.
The plant is expected to eventually process about 12-tonne of green matter each year if other councils run their waste through the site.
Indigo, Alpine, Mansfield, Wodonga, Greater Hume and Albury councils have all expressed interest in sending their organic waste to Wangaratta.
Compost will be used for rehabilitation purposes at the Bowser landfill and in time also on-sold for agricultural purposes.
The plant is on Byawatha Road West at Bowser on a five-hectare greenfield site previously used for firewood harvesting operations.