|Alvie Transfer Station Weighbridge Is Operational|
|The weighbridge at the Alvie Transfer Station is now operational allowing Council to weigh kerbside waste and waste from drop off facilities. |
The weighbridge also gives Council the means to audit levels of contamination in the organics waste stream.
Contamination levels were at 11.4% when Council commenced an intensive education and media campaign in September 2006.
The campaign aimed to reduce the level of contamination in the organics stream of the household waste collection in line with Council’s new organic waste contract.
Colac Otway Shire CEO Tracey Slatter said the new weighbridge meant Council could get an accurate understanding of current contamination levels.
“From the most recent audits it is clear that some areas of the shire are better sorters than others,” Ms Slatter said.
“The good news is that we’re on our way to achieving our goal to reduce contamination levels, with a 3.1% improvement on 12 months ago.
“However, there is still room for improvement and we will continue our inspection and education program to encourage people to continue to sort their waste correctly.”
Ms Slatter said there were some real cost savings to be made by keeping the organics stream free of items like garbage, clothing, plastics, recyclables and chemical or industrial waste.
“Our new organics contractor requires contamination levels to be kept below 1% which means staff have to remove contaminants from the organics stream before it can be sent to contractors. This is a costly and time consuming exercise,” Ms Slatter said.
“With proven end markets for the organics it is essential that we keep contamination in the organics to a very low level”
Further information is available on the Shire’s website and from Customer Service Centres.
December 5, 2007