Waste Management Centre - History / Objectives

The Waste Management Centre (formerly known as 'the tip') has undergone some major changes, and there are still more to come.

Introduction

In December 1995, the New South Wales Waste Minimisation and Management Act became law. The underlying principle of the Act was to achieve, by the end of 2000, a 60% reduction in the amount of waste disposed of to landfill in New South Wales, based on 1990 disposal rates. This reduction in the volume of waste was to be achieved by avoidance, re-use, recycling and reprocessing, and disposal.

This reduction in waste was to be achieved in conjunction with new environmental legislation directed at achieving "world best practice" in the transport, reprocessing, handling and disposal of waste.

The combined effect of the various legislation governing waste management in New South Wales resulted in much higher environmental standards for waste landfill depots. As a result, the cost of operating the Bathurst Waste Management Centre has increased by several hundred percent. To meet these costs, Council had to introduce charges for waste disposal, in order to achieve the required environmental standards.

Council's Objective

Council's objective for waste management is to provide a modern, high class waste landfill depot and recycling centre which meets the needs of the community and complies with the high environmental standards established by the New South Wales State Government. In order to achieve this, Council has:

Environmental and Facilities Upgrade

Following 12 months of careful and detailed planning, Council commenced the environmental and facilities upgrade works. Over the subsequent 12 to 18 months, there was a dramatic change to the site and the way that wastes will be handled. Some of these changes include:

Some of these changes are still underway, and Council apologises for any short-term inconvenience these upgrade works may cause.