Or­gan­ics plant progress

Site works mov­ing for­ward for fa­cil­ity op­er­a­tion in 2019

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News - BY STEVE KELLY skelly@ ne­me­dia.com.au

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.

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