New Waste Transfer Station
Construction of the new waster transfer station at the Cessnock Waste Management Centre is underway.
Every part of the waste management service whether it is recycling or landfill has a cost component that applies to all rate payers. The most cost effective way to reduce the cost impact is through recycling and diverting material from landfill.
The new waste transfer station is the first stage of site development that will deliver a modern, safer and more convenient facility for residents.
The new waste transfer station will feature:
- A series of drop off areas for disposal of different recyclable materials including garden organics, bricks and concrete, metal items, mattresses, e-waste , paints, oils and batteries.
- Ease of one way traffic flow with slip lanes around individual drop off areas.
- Sealed, undercover load/unload area.
- A separate road network for operational vehicles.
In NSW waste facilities and landfill sites are licenced by the NSW Environmental Protection Authority (EPA). As part of this licence:
- Every tonne must be recorded via a weighbridge (providing accurate records and recording both waste and recyclables).
- A monthly return must be provided to the EPA of tonnes received (from weighbridge records).
- Pay the NSW State Waste Levy of $138.20 for every tonne received.
Councils current levy contribution is in the order of $6.8 million per year.
The redevelopment of the site will:
- comply with the reporting requirements recording all material via the weighbridge.
- provide increased opportunities for material to be recycled or diverted from landfill, which will help reduce the current levy charges and conserve landfill space.
The 2016/17 fees and charges introduce a fee of $140/tonne for disposal of most recoverable materials. This includes garden organics, grass clippings, metal items and concrete and bricks. Please refer to the Waste Centre Fees and Charges fact sheet for information on the new fee structure.
The introduction of the new kerbside organic collection complements the redevelopment. This service has the potential to divert around 10,000 tonne of material away from landfill annually. Garden organics delivered to the waste management centre will also be sent to the garden organics processor.