19.9 C
Byron Shire
November 27, 2022

Where are flood-damaged items going? 

Latest News

Emergency radio tower

An emergency radio tower is proposed for Teales Lookout, Koonyum Range. It is proposed by the telco authority via Catalyst...

Other News

What is the value of a DCP ask Kingscliff residents

Locals 'disappointed' after Tweed Shire Councillors approve the change of use development application for eight flats at the Paradiso tourist accommodation facility in Kingscliff from ‘tourist’ to ‘residential’ accommodation. 

Appeal to locate man missing from Lismore area

Police are appealing for public assistance to locate a man missing from the Lismore area.

Guitar Journeys & Symbiosis

Two of the Gold Coast’s iconic artists, Felicity Lawless and Black Rabbit George (aka Tijuana Cartel frontman Paul George)...

Killer Queen & Bowie

For the first time, two of Australia’s favourite live acts – The Killer Queen Experience, and Bowie, starring Jeff...

Connecting people with pots

The Federal pre-Xmas Ceramic Market is the ideal place to find that special handmade, local and lovely piece of...

Satellites can track CO2 emissions in real-time, leaving polluters nowhere to hide

To ensure that countries keep their climate commitments, more needs to be done to rein in ‘super-emitters’ such as power plants, megacities, refineries, and giant factories.

Flood rubbish in Molesworth Street, Lismore, 7 March 2022. Photo David Lowe.

Paul Bibby

As garbage trucks circled the streets of the Shire collecting masses of flood waste over the past few weeks, more than a few locals were heard to ask, ‘where is all this stuff going?’.

The answer?

Alstonville, and then Qld, according to the Public Works Advisory (PWA). The first stop for the tens of thousands of tonnes of flood waste collected across the Northern Rivers has been the Boral asphalt quarry site on Gap Road, Alstonville.

At the peak of the clean-up, PWA say 750 trucks a day poured into the facility, each one carrying between three and 10 tonnes of waste.

The waste is to be temporarily stored at this facility while sorting takes place, with authorities hoping that up to 40 per cent will be recycled.

The rest will then be compacted, loaded into large haulage trucks and taken to the Veolia Ti Tree Bioenergy Facility in Willowbank, Qld.

Destination facility at Ipswich

Located on the outskirts of Ipswich, the facility is said to utilise ‘best practice’ bioreactor technology to rapidly ‘stabilise’ waste, while capturing environmentally damaging methane and converting it into electricity.

However, the site also has a ‘37 million cubic metre void leftover from a previous open cut coal operation’, suggesting that a significant proportion of the waste will become landfill.

Meanwhile, Byron Council has announced that collection contractors have undertaken a mass clean-up of all major flood-affected areas in the Byron Shire, collecting over 3,500 tonnes of waste.

‘We will continue to operate the skip site locations for flood waste disposal at Ocean Shores Salad Bowl, Alidenes Road and the Mullum netball courts,’ Council’s Phil Holloway said.


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

1 COMMENT

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Ballina water supply

A recent Echo article regarding Rous County Council’s plans to access Alstonville ground water through bores for its Future Water Project 2060 via an...

For the record

Since early January 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic started, when the world population started to be informed of the new health danger facing everybody,...

From an okay Boomer

As an okay Boomer who has lived in Mullumbimby most of my life, I’ve seen many changes in town, particularly since the Great COVID...

Rally against a waste incinerator for Casino

Residents Against the Richmond Valley Incinerator (RAVI) and community members have planned a rally for tomorrow to alert the community about the issues surrounding waste incinerators and the problems they bring.