Looking like a giant-sized version of the ultimate children?s sandpit, the Englands Road tip site is full of men and machines p
Looking like a giant-sized version of the ultimate children?s sandpit, the Englands Road tip site is full of men and machines p

Coffs tip transformed

By DAVID MOASE

COFFS Harbour's rubbish tip is a hive of activity as it is transformed into a state-of-theart waste management hub.

Heavy vehicles are everywhere and rock blasting continues as work goes ahead at an impressive pace at the Englands Road site.

A small army of workers are preparing the site for construction of the New Materials Recovery Facility, which is expected to be operational by November, and the Coffs Coast Resource Recovery Facility, expected to be commissioned about May next year.

The waste processing plants will be the destination of all household and business rubbish in the Coffs Harbour, Bellingen and Nambucca local government areas.

The New Materials facility will be the recycling centre, where a greater amount of materials than ever before will be reused.

Building could begin as early as this week.

Designed to handle all organics and domestic materials, the Resource Recovery Centre is expected to be commissioned in May next year.

Preparation of the site has included the blasting of 60,000 cu.m of rock, most of which has been reused as landfill or to build a retaining wall at Englands Road.

Much of the work is being carried out by Coffs Harbour City Council staff, assisted by a small number of specialist contractors.

The council's environment services manager, Jeff Green, said despite heavy rain last week, the three-month project was slightly ahead of schedule.

He said waste handling at the complex would complement the new three-bin system to be adopted by local residents later this year.

Households will receive three 240-litre bins, one each for recyclables, organics and food waste, and mixed waste.

Organics and food waste will be collected weekly, while there will be fortnightly emptying of the other bins.By DAVID MOASE

COFFS Harbour's rubbish tip is a hive of activity as it is transformed into a state-of-theart waste management hub.

Heavy vehicles are everywhere and rock blasting continues as work goes ahead at an impressive pace at the Englands Road site.

A small army of workers are preparing the site for construction of the New Materials Recovery Facility, which is expected to be operational by November, and the Coffs Coast Resource Recovery Facility, expected to be commissioned about May next year.

The waste processing plants will be the destination of all household and business rubbish in the Coffs Harbour, Bellingen and Nambucca local government areas.

The New Materials facility will be the recycling centre, where a greater amount of materials than ever before will be reused.

Building could begin as early as this week.

Designed to handle all organics and domestic materials, the Resource Recovery Centre is expected to be commissioned in May next year.

Preparation of the site has included the blasting of 60,000 cu.m of rock, most of which has been reused as landfill or to build a retaining wall at Englands Road.

Much of the work is being carried out by Coffs Harbour City Council staff, assisted by a small number of specialist contractors.

The council's environment services manager, Jeff Green, said despite heavy rain last week, the three-month project was slightly ahead of schedule.

He said waste handling at the complex would complement the new three-bin system to be adopted by local residents later this year.

Households will receive three 240-litre bins, one each for recyclables, organics and food waste, and mixed waste.

Organics and food waste will be collected weekly, while there will be fortnightly emptying of the other bins.



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