Tyres on the move
The rubber has hit the road on the operation to remove the Numurkah tyre pile.
A week after the Victorian Government intervened to make sure the tyre dump was cleaned up, the first truckloads of tyres officially left the stockpile site.
The ‘‘last of its kind’’ tyre stockpile had an estimated 500 000 tyres, about 5000 tonnes’ worth.
Authorities had said the consequences of a fire breaking out at the site could be ‘‘catastrophic’’.
The estimated 10-week clean-up effort, which started last Monday, was expected to be completed before the end of summer.
The EPA last week announced the first tyre-filled truckloads had left Numurkah.
The tyres are being taken to a licensed facility in Melbourne, where they will be recycled.
‘‘Shredded tyres can be used in the construction, manufacturing and automotive industries with the end products to include athletics tracks, brake pads, new tyres or road surfaces,’’ an EPA statement read.
The EPA also moved to assure management of any wildlife, fire safety and precautions were all considerations in the ‘‘carefully planned clean-up of the site’’.
EPA chief executive Cathy Wilkinson said EPA, Moira Shire Council and the community had been concerned about the stockpile for some time.
‘‘All of the appropriate legal options had to be exhausted before the authorities resorted to enter the site and bringing in contractors to conduct the clean-up,’’ Dr Wilkinson said.
‘‘The stockpile is estimated to contain half a million waste tyres, summer is here, and a CFA risk assessment concluded any uncontrolled fire at the premises would be catastrophic.’’