By DAVID JOHNSTON
The Border Mail, Feb 17th, 2016
ALBURY Waste Management Centre will undergo a $2.2 million expansion with construction of a $2.4 million regional recovery facility.
The council’s engineering and works committee this week recommended a tender from Albury-based company Southern Cross Developers be accepted for the project.
The state of the art 4400-square-metre shed will be split into three portals to cater for recovery of recyclable materials, dismantling of goods into recyclable parts and the operation of a shop to sell recycled items still of value.
Albury Waste Management Centre located in Lavington is the region’s major waste disposal facility.
The recovery facility will provide increased recycling and tipping areas for small vehicles such as cars and trailers.
It will also include an area to separate materials from the general waste stream, dismantling and repair areas and a retail space for the sale of second-hand goods.
All recycling material including cardboard, polystyrene, electronic waste, gas cylinders, paints, oils, lighting, batteries, recyclable hard and soft plastics, mattresses, clothing, re-useable furniture and goods suitable for resale such as books, furniture and building supplies will be removed at the facility.
Albury Council has adopted the NSW waste avoidance and resource recovery strategy targets for six key result areas.
One includes increased recycling to achieve a resource recovery rate of 70 per cent by 2020.
Civil works will also be required around the recovery facility consisting of drainage, excavation and placement of select fill and the placement of crushed rock for roads and car parking.
A total of $3.3 million was allocated in the current financial year for the recovery centre and the associated works.
Southern Cross Developers has undertaken similar sized projects including the Blacklocks truck centre in Wodonga and Rostrevor Hops Gardens in Myrtleford.
They have similar floor area and Southern Cross Developers have indicated a date for practical completion by early August.