Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Village landfill solution


Conargo and Pretty Pine will become the recipients of waste transfer stations to centralise Edward River Council’s household waste management at Deniliquin Landfill.

At its September meeting, council approved two developmen­t applicatio­ns to transform the landfill sites in both small towns.

At each site, trenches have been approachin­g capacity.

Rather than digging further trenches, council has sought a longer term solution.

Rubbish will be assorted in to a series of bins, and then transporte­d to the Deniliquin Landfill to be processed.

‘‘Over many years a series of trenches — each approximat­ely 5m-6m wide and 2.5m-3m deep, ranging up to 50m long and spaced at about 4.5m-5m intervals — have been filled with household rubbish and progressiv­ely capped using the trenched out natural materials,’’ town planner Eliza Eastman explained in a report to council regarding the Conargo landfill site.

‘‘It is uncertain when the landfill was first commenced but it has been operating for well over 30 years.’’

The project is expected to reduce the amount of household waste produced at those villages by encouragin­g separation of recyclable­s.

Ms Eastman also proposed the use of shedding at Conargo to sell salvaged items such as children’s toys, bicycles and furniture.

The sites will be attended by staff when open to the local community members,

according to council’s developmen­t applicatio­n.

Council will cap the existing trenches and construct loop roads and ramps at both sites where residents can sort and drop off rubbish at recyclable, general waste, green waste, and other bins.

A shed will be built to collect empty chemical containers, however asbestos will not be accepted.

The facilities are also expected to get rainwater tanks and a proposed five kilowatt solar power system.

The proposal also intends to supply materials and construct a fire service, including water facilities holding 20,000L to 25,000L water tanks each on a base of minimum 150mm thickness sand.

Council also voted to negotiate with Deni Civil and Constructi­on Pty Ltd as the preferred contractor for the project, after rejecting all submitted applicatio­ns at its September meeting.

 ?? ?? The active waste trenches at Conargo will be sealed and replaced with staffed transfer stations.
The active waste trenches at Conargo will be sealed and replaced with staffed transfer stations.

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