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Innovative idea transforms waste facility

Innovative idea transforms waste facility A new innovative landfill cover system installed at the Kelso waste facility, is set to save rate-payers in Canterbury-Bankstown more than $1 million a year. No  

A new innovative landfill cover system installed at the Kelso waste facility, is set to save rate-payers in Canterbury-Bankstown more than $1 million a year.

With capacity at Sydney’s waste facilities decreasing and the NSW Government increasing costs for disposing of waste each year, Mayor Khal Asfour said Council had investigated ways to achieve efficiencies.

“We decided to reduce our reliance on the use of clean soil, known as VENM (virgin excavated natural material), and look into alternative landfill cover options,” he said.

“Of the 15,000 tonnes of VENM being imported to the facility, about 50 percent was being used as daily cover.

“We considered a range of alternate systems before determining a tarp cover would best suit our needs.

“The main advantage of a tarp cover system was easy deployment and retrieval, creating more time for our staff to do other site operations.”

Mayor Asfour said the new machine, called the Tarpomatic, was a cost effective solution and reduced the reliance on imported soil as a daily cover material.

“The Tarpomatic deploys a cover over the landfill at the end of each day and retracts at the commencement of the following day’s operation,” Mayor Asfour said.

“While we will continue to purchase VENM for certain operational requirements, we expect to reduce the amount we bring in by around 8,000 tonnes a year.

“Purchased VENM attracts a Waste Levy of $130 per tonne, so this 8,000 tonne reduction will save us more than $1 million per year, money which can then be diverted in delivering more projects for our residents.”

The Tarpomatic will also create more space at the facility, which accepts more than 500 tonnes of waste a week.


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