Albury Waste Management Centre Improvements

We’re working on a series of projects to make our waste management centre even more efficient, environmentally-friendly and easier to use for customers.

Leachate diversion

Total project cost  : $2M
2019-2020 Budget: $750K

We're building a treatment process for leachate – liquid waste that develops in the landfill – so that it can be safely discharged into the sewerage system.

Leachate is currently managed by evaporation, recirculation and spraying but because of the volume produced, these systems are no longer sufficient. Under the new process, the leachate will be treated on site to reduce its environmental impact.

Key components of the project include:

  • Refurbishment of two dams on site
  • New pump room and pump station
  • Development of a dosing system
  • New aeration and mixer units
  • New sewerage discharge pump station

Part of the odour reduction program for the Waste Management Centre, the leachate treatment will help keep our facility at the forefront of environmental waste leadership.

Education facility

2019-2020 Budget: $500K (total project cost)

Our community is leading the way nationally when it comes to reducing the amount of waste we send to landfill.

In fact, we’re well on the way towards achieving our aim of halving the amount of waste we bury, thanks to a regional community which has embraced the re-use and recycle message.

To continue that work, we’re building an education centre on site that will provide a regional focal point for learning about landfill and waste minimisation.

We’ll work closely with primary, secondary and tertiary students as well as sustainability groups to continually improve our practices and ensure future generations can continue to make our waste centre even more environmentally advanced.

Material recovery facility (MRF)

2019-2020 Budget: $2M (Grant funded)

We received grant funding of $2M from the NSW Environment Protection Authority to build a centre to separate construction and demolition waste.

The new ‘MRF” will involve a conveyor system that will enable us to recover recyclable dry waste such as bricks and steel that would otherwise end up in landfill.

Currently, we’re diverting only 25 per cent of this type of waste away from landfill but the completion of the MRF in late 2020 will significantly increase that rate to between 60 per cent and 80 per cent.

This will save a large amount of landfill space, extending the landfill’s life and assisting our overall efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the site.

Northern Valley Retention Basin

2019-2020 Budget: $460K

In this financial year, we’ll build a stormwater retention system in the Northern Valley that will enable us to regulate and release storm water during heavy rain events.

This will not only reduce damaging erosion on the site, protecting a creek and the water eco system, but also provide options for developing land for future waste cells in the Northern Valley.

It will also provide a water storage that can be used for dust suppression and firefighting. Construction will start early in 2020 and is scheduled for completion mid-year.

Equipment upgrades/replacement

2019-2020 Budget: $200K

Funding in the budget will enable the purchase of plant and equipment as well as administrative assets to help us meet regulatory targets in the year ahead.

The purchase of this equipment will provide environmental, social and economic benefits by helping to ensure the long-term future of the facility.