Georges River and Bayside Councils are among six Sydney councils who have joined together to use Veolia’s brand new multi-million dollar waste processing plant at the Woodlawn Eco-precinct at Goulburn.
The project will save millions of dollars in waste levy charges by producing an organic compost from mixed household waste, increasing diversion from landfill.
The new facility uses mechanical and biological treatment (MBT) technology to extract organics from the waste, which is converted into compost.
The organics are further refined and matured into compost that will be used in the remediation of an old open-cut mine.
The waste is from six SSROC member councils, Bayside, Burwood, Georges River, Inner West, Waverley and Woollahra.
On average, 55 per cent of the general waste from council red-lid bins that used to be landfilled, will now be turned into compost instead and used in environmental rehabilitation.
Veolia has also established a new transfer terminal within the SSROC region at Banksmeadow.
Waste is tipped from council trucks and compacted into containers for shipment by train to Woodlawn at Goulburn where the new MBT is located.
Over 50 jobs have been created in Banksmeadow and Woodlawn with the development of the new facilities.
The use of rail transportation will result in a reduction of approximately 30,000 heavy truck movements from Sydney’s roads each year, further reducing the environmental impact of the six member council’s waste.