SUPER DUMP

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COSTLY EXERCISE: The $1.4 million landfill cell 7 has been dug out with GPS precision to meet EPA guidelines, but despite its great capacity, the entire Bowser landfill will be full in five years. Pictured are council manager of projects and contracts Paul Sommerville with waste management coordinator Courtney Naughton. PHOTO: Bec Gardner

A SUPER landfill site could be built at Benalla to take in the garbage from Wangaratta and neighbouring shires.

Over the next five months a $75,000 feasibility study funded by the State Government will gauge the benefits of the regional landfill that accommodates the waste from areas such as Wangaratta, Benalla, Alpine and potentially Indigo Shire.

The concept follows a push by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) over the past decade to create regional landfills.

Benalla is an attractive site for stakeholders as it offers great savings despite extra transport costs to convey the waste.

The cells will be much deeper than that possible at Wangaratta because the water table at the Benalla site is 50 metres below the surface.

This means the cells can be dug deeper without contamination risk, taking in more waste, without any extra significant cost to councils involved.


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