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Open burning to be a thing of the past as plans for new waste facility move forward

The tip at Eliza Cove
Eliza Cove Tip

Proposals also made for more management of Eliza Cove tip.

The new waste facility, granted planning permission in September 2021, is hoped to be up and running by the end of 2024.

Domestic and commercial rubbish will be processed and incinerated in the new building planned near Megabid.

Incinerated waste will then be transported to the new landfill site by Pony’s Pass.

Speaking in March Director of Public Works Colin Summers said work on the new facility is hoped to begin in the next “three to six months depending on material deliveries.”

He explained an order has been placed for an incinerator and following the installation period the plant should be operational by the end of next year.

Efforts are also being made to clean up the current landfill at Eliza Cove which remains a point of contention for the community.

Mr Summers said options on better management of the site were being presented to Executive Council and include more manned hours.

“Currently someone is here about two hours a day, we’re proposing someone being here all day and looking at what all day means.”

Covering the site and looking at controlling the burning are also being looking into.

He said a couple of years ago as part of the Waste Management Strategy a “significant” amount of work was put in to clean up the area including reshaping and clearing out the bunds.

A new fence was also erected to the west but collected so much wind strewn rubbish it “acted like a sail and blew over.”

A reinforced fence was erected to the north with piles dug in further and that will form part of the proposal for the rest of the way around the site.

Mr Summers concluded by saying the waste facility is the first step and solutions still need to be looked at for large metal items, electronics, and batteries.

“What we’re trying to do is tidy up Eliza Cove and issues with the new facility, then we’ll move to phase two.”

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