MANY local residents have commented on the works recently being undertaken at the Bombala Waste Depot.
These works have been planned for a number of years and have been triggered by several factors.
There have been changes in the focus of State Government Departments who are now requiring small rural landfills such as Bombala’s and Delegate’s to improve their operations with regards to protecting the environment and managing the various waste streams received.
Council has also set aside funding to upgrade the facilities to ensure that there is wet weather access, whilst also improving the efficiency of separating the waste streams received at the Bombala Waste Depot.
Staff have been working towards setting up the operations at the Depot to achieve this while also trying to identify and maximise recycling and reuse opportunities.
A local business from Cooma has been contacted and engaged to supply two shipping containers to receive the recyclables.
One is dedicated for glass of all colours, plastic including plastic bags, steel and aluminium cans.
The other container is for collecting all cardboard except wax cardboard such as milk, juice containers and wax boxes used for transporting vegetables etc.
Residents are requested to flatten all boxes and cardboard before placing it into this container.
Separation of renovation waste is also high on the agenda. This includes things like particle board, laminated timber plastic pipes and gyprock. In the past this waste has been disposed of in the greenwaste pile which contains garden clippings, branches and small trees.
The community is requested to assist Council staff in disposing these waste streams at the correct locations in the tip.
Council is also investigating recycling bed mattresses and lounges. These items take up a lot of volume and cannot be compacted within the landfill, therefore can have a significant impact on the life of a landfill.
Each year in Australia around 1.25 million mattresses end up in landfill, with an average mattress containing 12.5kg of steel, 2kg of wood and 1.5kg of foam.
The mattress components such as steel springs can be recycled whilst the foam can be used as a carpet underlay.
Recently arrangements have been made with a company called DHL who have provided shipping containers at Bombala Waste Depot for the free disposal of TVs, and computers. These have been a real issue with the advent of digital TV and radio services and take up an enormous area at the site.
These items are transported to Sydney for processing to extract the valuable metals and also safely dispose of the mercury they contain.
Ultimately the aim of all of these changes at the tip is to provide easy separation of all the waste streams for more efficient management, minimise the amount of waste going to landfill and maximise the life of the Bombala Waste Depot.