Another win for Tuncurry CRC

Published on 09 April 2019

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Tuncurry Community Recycling Centre continues to be recognised as an industry leader in waste management, adding a national innovation award to its list of achievements.

The MidCoast Council owned facility was awarded the National Innovation in Waste Transfer Stations Award at the Brisbane Waste Management & Resource Recovery Association of Australia Conference.

The association is the peak waste management industry body in Australia and this award is a major coup.

With only two awards presented for waste transfer stations every two years it’s a huge boost for MidCoast Council to receive one of them, according to Paul De Szell, Council’s Acting Director of Planning and Natural Systems.

“The award is confirmation of Council’s flexible, innovative and sustainable strategy for managing waste across the MidCoast,” Mr De Szell said.

“We’re so proud of this facility and it’s wonderful for it to be recognised on a national level.”

 The state-of-the-art waste management facility, located on Midge Orchid Road Tuncurry, was officially opened in November 2017 and has resulted in an increased diversion of hazardous waste by 126.85% annually. Projected figures for the 18/19 financial year indicate a 77% increase in the diversion of materials from landfill for the transfer station.

“The statistics speak for themselves. This facility has changed the way we manage waste for the MidCoast community and it’s an important community asset as we move to a more sustainable future,” Mr De Szell said.

The one-stop community recycling precinct incorporates a welcoming entry way that creatively showcases recycled materials, a Green Shop focused on re-use, Forster Tuncurry Men’s Shed where members re-use timber and metal recovered from the site, a Green Bikes area for repairing discarded bikes, a Return and Earn facility, and The Green, an educational space used for workshops and community gatherings to promote recycling, composting, upcycling and environmentally friendly ways to manage waste.

And that’s all in addition to its drive-in-drive-out waste disposal system incorporating a community recycling centre, dual digital weighbridge system, and waste transfer station.

Environmental considerations throughout the design and construction phase of the facility included the use of crushed glass and rainwater harvesting to create a Water Sensitive Urban Design, relocating tree stumps for rehabilitation of a sewer treatment site, use of woodchips for landscaping, recycled materials used in hard stand pavements, installation of skylights, and re-use and repurposing of components from the existing facility.

Other notable improvements at the facility include:

 •  Drop off items at the "Green Shop" have increased, with sales increasing in excess of 30% annually since 2015

•  The site is "On track" to meeting the WARR (Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery) Strategy targets

•  The Container Deposit Scheme has grown through the festive season and is processing in excess of 20,000 containers per day

•  Increased number of self- haul visitors to the CRC

•  The 'Green Bikes' worked on 276 bikes during 2018, offering a repair and maintenance workshop during the school holidays in partnership with schools and local organisations

•  During 2018 'The Green' engaged over 600 community members, hosting a myriad of workshops in upcycling and sustainability programs

For more information about the Tuncurry Community Recycling Centre, and to find out how you can help reduce the amount of waste ending up in MidCoast landfills, visit www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au/waste