Byron Shire’s current landfill site at Myocum will be full by the middle of next year, the council has admitted.
The council has identified more land at the Myocum Quarry that can be converted into a new tip subject to government environmental provisions. But the new tip will not be operational until 2014 at the earliest, according to Council’s water and recycling executive manager, Phil Warner.
‘This type of development requires significant environmental assessment prior to an approval being issued. If approved by Council and the Environment Protection Authority (EPA), the new Myocum landfill will take around two to three years before becoming operational,’ he said.
Mr Warner said the existing landfill capacity at Myocum would be used by mid 2013. At this time, Byron Shire Council will have in place arrangements for the diversion and transportation of waste to other regional waste facilities.
‘Options and costings were currently being worked on and would be reported to Council in coming months,’ he said.
Mr Warner was confident that residents would not notice a difference in the waste service when the diversion and transfer arrangements are in place.
‘Waste trucks would still collect household rubbish and the Myocum Landfill would be opened for waste and recycling drop-offs,’ he said.
A community drop-in session on the proposed new landfill site is being held at Byron Shire Council offices in Station St, Mullumbimby on Tuesday 4 September, from 4pm to 8pm.
Mr Warner encouraged residents to attend and talk to staff and civil engineers working on the Environmental Impact Statement and Environmental Management Plan for the site.
‘While still early days, the community session will allow residents to see where the potential new landfill will be located, and answer any concerns or questions residents may have about the project.’
Mr Warner said that, if approved, the new Myocum Quarry Landfill would provide Byron Shire with a waste disposal facility for at least 14 years.