Business Service Manager Phil Klepzig shows local resident Norma Parr around Lismore's new Resource Recovery Facility.
Business Service Manager Phil Klepzig shows local resident Norma Parr around Lismore's new Resource Recovery Facility. The Northern Star

Council cleans up dump's image

IT is still the place to take garbage, but you cannot call Lismore's Wyrallah Road Waste Facility a dump – not any more.

The Lismore City Council officially opened its $1.3 million redevelopment, now called the Lismore Resource Recovery Facility, at its East Lismore site yesterday. The new facility aims to divert waste from landfill and encourage recycling.

The change ends public access to the tip face. All waste delivered to the tip will be unloaded undercover and sorted to recover and recycle as much material as possible.

Lismore Council Business Service Manager Phil Klepzig said waste management in Lismore had changed for the better over the last few years with new recycling programs and improved facilities.

“Lismore is leading the way with its integrated waste management program and the change of name confirms for the community the benefits of their recycling efforts over the past 10 years,” he said.

Mr Klepzig said the days of visiting the tip and having to dump rubbish in the rain, mud and noise were over.

“This is the modern age of landfilling, where we are changing the image of waste management and making recycling easier,” he said.

The facility aims to save an additional 5000 tonnes of waste from landfill each year, increasing the recycling rate in Lismore by more than 50 per cent.

The Lismore City Council will also launch a Waste Wise Ways school education program next month.

Waste Education Officer Kevin Trustum said the program would provide primary schools with a resource for waste education.

“It's important that children learn about waste management,” Mr Trustum said.



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