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Veolia will be building a new waste transfer station in the industrial estate

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REGENERATING: City of Whyalla CEO Chris Cowley, Veolia's Regional Manager Mark Inglis and SA/NT Group General Manager Mark Taylor at the site for the new waste transfer station.

Whyalla’s new transfer station will revolutionise the way we deal with waste and reinvigorate the city’s industrial estate.

This was the message from City of Whyalla CEO Chris Cowley as he hosted Veolia SA/NT Group General Manager Mark Taylor for an inspection of the 3.7ha site on Industry Drive, just north of the pipeline, where the transfer station will be built.

Veolia will transfer waste from the purpose-built $3.4m facility to the Mount Laura Waste & Resource Recovery Centre initially, and then longer term, to Glenfield Waste Management Facility between Port Neill and Tumby Bay. The existing landfill site in Whyalla will be remediated for public or other use.

Mr Cowley said the new waste transfer facility had multiple benefits for Whyalla.

“This station will revolutionise the way we deal with waste, will reactivate the industrial estate with a massive development that will create construction jobs and it is all part of the transformation of Whyalla,” Mr Cowley said.

“It is going to give people in Whyalla the opportunity to live in a community that is delivering cutting-edge technology we can all be proud of.

“It also takes away the burden of running a landfill which is highly regulated and a thing of the past for individual councils.

“Past councils had the foresight to create this industrial park and now we are starting to the see the benefits with construction jobs and a facility that is going to be closer for the community, cleaner and more efficient”.

With the waste station’s focus on recycling and reusing materials, Mr Cowley said there was an opportunity for the city to move closer to a zero-waste goal while also improving its environmental footprint.  

“Helping residents to better sort their recyclables could result in a payoff at the back end,” Mr Cowley said.

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ARTIST'S IMPRESSION: Preliminary drawings of how the Whyalla waste transfer station may look.

Mr Taylor said Veolia was looking forward to working with Council over the long-term, delivering value and better sustainability outcomes for the residents in the area while also providing a more reliable waste collection service.

“As an active part of the local community, backed by global expertise, Veolia is firmly committed to supporting the communities where we work, and where our employees reside,” Mr Taylor said. 

"Long-term business relationships with councils are a core part of our current and future business plans.

“We’ve got a strong presence on the Eyre Peninsula with a regional landfill at Glenfield, where we are looking to consolidate a lot of the smaller regional landfills in a properly engineered, environmentally secure landfill.

“It’s great to have Whyalla on-board.”

Mr Taylor said the new transfer station would provide greater opportunities for Whyalla to recycle and re-use in regards to segregating waste before it gets to the landfill.

“At the end of the day we live on a small planet with finite resources so it’s all about improving the environmental outcome by increasing the recycling and re-use of materials,” Mr Taylor said.

“We’re trying to make the waste experience more environmentally friendly, customer friendly, cleaner and a much easier process.”

Veolia was awarded the waste management contract after an extensive tender process and has since won a $250,000 grant from the State Government through Green Industries SA (GISA) to assist in the construction of the new waste transfer station. Cleanaway has the contract to collect kerbside waste until 2021.

The new facility is anticipated to become operational by mid to late 2019. Council will be working with Veolia to maintain, where possible, the existing cost structure for waste disposal. Approximately 60 percent of waste disposal costs consist of an EPA levy imposed by the State Government.

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ON SITE: The land on Industry Drive that will be developed into the new waste transfer station and, below, the site location.

 

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