Due to changing community expectations and environmental concerns in recent years, the council recognised the need to upgrade the Elliston Waste Transfer Station and subsequently liaised with the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) and engaged planning professionals and waste management consultants to develop a suitable plan.
With a clear blueprint in mind, council was successful in obtaining a grant through Green Industries SA, and this money, plus an equivalent sum provided by the council, allowed work to commence.
The project was undertaken using a combination of council staff and local contractors.
The new, improved transfer station now offers a 500m2 shed and four concrete bunkers which have expanded the station’s facilities and allow for recycling, reusing or repurposing of materials that are deposited at the transfer site such as secondhand furniture, white goods and building materials.
These items previously found their way to landfill.
An area for green waste has been created and a chipper purchased to turn this into mulch available to the community.
Negotiations are underway with other councils on the Eyre Peninsula to cost share for a specialist contractor with shredding machinery to turn the used tyres received at the transfer station into material suitable for use a infill for drainage or road bases.
This will reduce the amount of natural materials normally used for construction purposes and will assist in limiting disturbance to the natural environment.
The extremely positive community feedback has resolved the council to further enhance the transfer station as funding permits.
Council’s efforts have recently been recognised by KESAB Sustainable Communities, receiving the 2018 Outstanding Council Project Highly Commended Award for the Elliston Waste Transfer Station in Adelaide last week.
Elliston District Council chief executive officer