Follow the green brick road

$4.5 million Wangaratta organics plant is a vision by council worth commending
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TRAILBLAZER: Alan Clark, the rural city’s director of infrastructure services, has been the architect behind the establishment of the first council built and operated organics processing plant in Victoria. The plant is in its licensing phase where samples of organic matter have to be sent for testing. After that council is looking to ramp up its operations. PHOTO: Steve Kelly

Five years ago staff at Wangaratta council knew there was a movement towards the recycling of organics material and they had a vision of building and operating the first local government run processing facility in Victoria.

Although ‘the green lidded bin’ was met with some rejection in the beginning, there were several fronts why council wanted to proceed with the establishment of an organics processing facility at Bowser.

The greatest emitter of greenhouse gases in landfill are organics materials and by diverting and converting them into environmentally friendly matter, council’s bottom line is being cut and every single resident is doing their bit for the ozone layer.

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