THE conversion of the Myrtleford tip into a best practice waste transfer station will save council at least $170,000 per annum.
After months of extensive research councillors came to the unanimous decision to close the shire’s one landfill facility and divert waste to large regional landfill sites such as Albury, Benalla, Patho and Wollert.
The transfer station and landfill site currently receives and processes waste through council’s kerbside collections and from patrons visiting directly, and is baled into one tonne blocks and stacked in landfill cells.
The baling operation was introduced as an innovation to increase waste compaction and therefore maximise cell life but the low volumes being processed and increased EPA requirements as well as the current cell being filled in November forced a review of operations.
Currently 2755 tonnes, occupying about 4250m3 is processed at the site annually leading to the recommendation from the Environment Protection Authority and Sustainability Victoria.
Wherever council decides to divert waste, savings compared to the current model, will be in the range of $61-$93 per tonne.
Alpine Shire Council director corporate performance Trevor Britten said the evidence to change the current process was overwhelming.