Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins OAM, is urging all residents who utilise the Shire’s waste facilities to only enter them during their normal hours of operation. He is also requesting residents to ensure that general waste is not placed in the recycling walls at these facilities.
“Recently, we’ve seen an increase in the number of occasions that people have illegally entered rural landfills outside opening times and disposing of waste. For both environmental and safety reasons this is not acceptable,” he said.
Councillor Hawkins said the hours of operation at the various facilities are;
- Quirindi - 9am – 4pm, 7 days a week.
- Werris Creek – Monday 9am – 1pm, Tuesday and Wednesday 9am – 12 noon, Thursday and Friday 1pm – 4pm, Saturday 9am – 12 noon and Sunday 1pm – 4pm.
- Willow Tree – Tuesday and Wednesday 1pm – 4pm Thursday and Friday 9am – 12 noon, Saturday 1pm – 4pm and Sunday 9am – 12 noon.
- Wallabadah – Saturday 9am – 1pm.
- Blackville – Wednesday and Saturday 8am – 10am.
- Spring Ridge – Thursday and Sunday 8am – 12 noon.
- Pine Ridge – Wednesday and Saturday 11am – 1pm.
- Caroona – Wednesday and Saturday 2.30pm – 4.30pm.
- Premer – Thursday and Sunday 1.30pm – 3.30pm.
- Eligible clean drums can be taken to Quirindi on the 3rd Tuesday of each month or by arrangement by calling 0447 125 173.
- Quirindi Landfill is closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, Good Friday and ANZAC Day. All other landfills and transfer station sites are closed on ALL public holidays.
“Council is increasing surveillance to identify the persons undertaking this illegal dumping practice of waste and when identified the offenders face prosecution. Any community members that may have information pertaining to this illegal dumping are asked to contact Council’s Works and Waste Manager, Barry Strichen, on 6746 1755 or via email email@example.com,” Councillor Hawkins said.
“There is also a problem with general waste being deposited in the recycling walls. At times the level of general waste scattered amongst the recyclables is too large to separate so everything ends up in the landfill. The recycling walls are designed to divert waste from landfill so please only place items in them that have been properly separated from general waste,” he continued.
It’s not a secret that the way we manage waste is changing Australia wide. LPSC has, in recent years come under increasing legislative and community pressure to change the way waste is dealt with. A study Council carried out a couple of years ago estimated the Shire’s waste generation is projected to grow from 5,751 tonnes per annum in 2017 to 9,427 tonnes per annum by 2027.
“To address the many issues faced with responsible waste management and LPSC’s obligations to meet Government legislative requirements, Council has developed a Waste Management Strategy. Within the next few months construction of new Waste Transfer Stations will begin at Caroona, Spring Ridge, Premer and Werris Creek. The existing landfills at these locations will be closed and remediated in accordance with NSW Environmental Protection Authority requirements.
“All general waste taken to these sites, excluding Werris Creek, will be deposited directly into a truck and taken from site, initially to the landfill at Quirindi. Eventually it will be taken to a new landfill which will be developed over the next 2 years near Willow Tree. Werris Creek will be provided with containers that will be removed once full of waste. Recycling facilities for paper, cardboard, glass, plastics etc. will still be retained at these centres. To further protect the environment the Waste Transfer Stations will be security fenced with security cameras installed,” he said.
“Council staff will visit these centres shortly to meet with community members over the proposed changes. Dates will be advised ahead of these meetings,” Councillor Hawkins concluded.