In December 2020 the Council approved the redevelopment of the organics plant. This involves upgrading the technology and enclosing all processing of kerbside material, eliminating the potential for offensive and objectionable odour from the facility travelling beyond the boundary.
The additional enclosed area will be kept under negative pressure and all process air treated via a biofilter prior to release. This means all air generated through the process of composting kerbside material will be treated for odour and all processing will happen indoors, eliminating offensive and objectionable odour from the organics plant travelling beyond the boundary of the facility.
The upgrade also involves redesigning and replacing the floors and doors of the plant’s 18 composting tunnels, replacing the shredder and improving the biofilter. No additional tunnels are required under this proposal.
It is estimated the tunnel upgrades and the additional building will cost $21.5 million.
A preferred contractor is expected to be selected in June 2021, with the contract finalised in July.
At this stage, we will have a schedule of works from the successful contractor that will confirm exact timelines for construction.