RDF work approved; city moves forward with sustainable waste disposal vision

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Wyndham City is well on its way to becoming a leader in environmentally sustainable waste disposal. Wyndham City Mayor, Cr Henry Barlow, has welcomed the Environment Protection Authority’s (EPA) works approval for the Refuse Disposal Facility (RDF) in Werribee.

“What this means is that we can now move forward and plan for the future of this very important site,” Cr Barlow said.

“We are now able to explore innovative initiatives for the site, including alternative waste disposal, recycling and resource recovery and environmental education to reduce the volume of waste going into landfill,” he added.

“The RDF will be more than just a tip; it will be something for us all to be proud of. There will be definitely not be any increase to the current height of cells at the RDF. We have been very clear about this throughout the entire process,” Cr Barlow said.

“This approval does not mean we will be expanding the landfill site, only the building and use of new cells within the existing site,” he added.

All landfilling will occur in cells that will be constructed in accordance with strict guidelines set out by the EPA. We will seek approval from the EPA before any new cells are built.

“The way things work at the moment, we have only had works approval to landfill in the current cell. This has only provided two years of certainty for our operations,” Cr Barlow said.

He explained that the Council will continue to work towards the objectives set out in its Waste and Litter Strategy 2016-2040. “This very important plan set a goal of diverting 90 per cent of waste from landfill. We are now a step closer to achieving this,” Cr Barlow said.

For more information on the Waste and Litter Strategy visit www.wyndham.vic.gov.au

 

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