THE Portland Landfill will be transformed into a $4.8 million transfer station in a plan to move the Glenelg Shire Council closer to its goal of reaching a zero waste landfill strategy.
During the in-camera section of the April council meeting the counsellors voted for the new transfer station which will allow for the diversion of waste for re-use or recycling of materials.
A transfer station is a facility used to temporarily store waste prior to transportation to the end point of disposal.
Mayor John Northcott said by developing a transfer station at the Portland Landfill site, and ceasing landfill operations, significant long-term environmental improvements would be made to the site.
It is proposed that materials that cannot be recycled or reused economically will be transported to a host landfill for disposal.
The basic principle of the Portland site’s operation will be “if an item is free to accept at the site, this will occur at the resale area. If there is a cost associated with the disposal of an item, this will occur by passing through to the transfer station office/weighbridge.”
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