ORGANIC RECYCLING GETS FRESH FUNDS
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has today announced $1.35Million for Tamworth Regional Council to deliver an Organics Recycling Facility at the Tamworth Waste Depot.
Mr Anderson said the funding will go a long way to helping the local council increase their effectiveness in recycling and sustainability.
“There is still a large amount of household waste that could be recycled however we need the right technology and processes to be able to do this so it was important for the NSW Government to fund this project so that we can better meet our recycling needs for the future.
“This is all about finding ways of transforming our waste into recycling and I applaud Tamworth Regional Council for showing the initiative to develop this project.
Cr Phil Betts said the new facility aligns with Council’s ‘living sustainably’ objective to provide environmentally sustainable waste management services to the Tamworth region as outlined in its Annual Operation Plan.
“By diverting additional products out of landfill and into an organic processing facility we are reducing our greenhouse gas emissions.
“The new facility increases our capacity to process green waste. It also uses advanced technology to further enhance our ability to process more items such as industrial organics and domestic food waste into compost.
“Our current facilities only allow us to process organic green waste (mulch) and our current operation is close to capacity so this funding has come just in time.”
The next stages of the project include a tender for the detailed design and environmental assessment including an Environmental Impact Statement to be completed for the site.
The project is estimated to cost over $4Million and promises a fully operational facility by mid-2017.