by Al Williams
Site works have begun at Timaru’s Redruth refuse station as part of an effort to divert rubbish from the landfill.
Timaru District Council waste minimisation manager Ruth Clarke completion in August, would give refuse station users a “safer place to dispose of all their green waste and clean fill”.
“This will offer a bigger, completely flat and safer space to tip or unload their loads, which is separate from the rubbish disposal area, and is free from fences that people need to lift their heavy loads over,” Ms Clarke said.
“It will also be more environmentally friendly, with all the storm water run-off . . . treated on-site before discharging into the stormwater system.”
After going through the weighbridge, drivers of vehicles carrying clean fill or green waste would have the option to use the new area to drop off material.
There would still be a separate drop-off area for timber, while the former drop-off area would be solely for rubbish to landfill, she said
“The work is part of improving the facilities at the park and gives us space at the rubbish drop-off area to enable the start of an extended waste-sort trial.
“This is aimed at further extending the life of our landfills by recovering recyclable and reusable materials from the waste stream.
“It will ensure we’re not wasting precious, and expensive, landfill space with materials that can be used again.”