26 August 2016 Greenwaste Processing Update

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A temporary solution to the processing of organics, following the recent fire at the Biomass Plant, has been introduced at the Englands Road Waste Management Facility and will run for approximately ten to twelve weeks until the plant is again operational.

“Initially, the household greenwaste from Coffs Harbour was sent to the Grafton organics composting facility as a short-term measure. But the volume of greenwaste we generated and lack of space available at Grafton, has meant an alternative has to be found just until the processing plant reopens,” said Mick Raby, Council’s Director Sustainable Infrastructure.

“So from August 25, a temporary composting site - using an open windrows method –started operating on the northern side of the Englands Road landfill.

“Open windrows are essentially long mounds of material that are turned regularly to help the organics break down and to minimise temperature. This method will be used to treat the organics from household green bins, which is mostly garden waste combined with a small amount of food waste.”

The windrows will be approximately 75 metres long and eight metres wide and will be covered by tarpaulins to help manage the material. The organics material will be processed by Council’s Contractor, under operating conditions set by the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA).​