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City applies to trial new landfill cover material

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The City of Greater Bendigo is applying to the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) to trial an alternative daily cover at the Eaglehawk Landfill.

City of Greater Bendigo Resource and Recovery Manager Brooke Pearce said at the end of each day waste dumped at the landfill must be covered by 300 millimetres of soil. 

“The City wants to undertake a 12 month trial using an alternative to the soil but we must gain approval from the EPA to do so,” Ms Pearce said. 

“The soil alternative is made of biodegradable material and is a thick slurry that is sprayed over the waste.

“It is designed to control odour, dust, windblown litter and deter pest animals and has been used with great success at many other landfill sites as an alternative to soil cover.

“If we use this material it will mean that less soil and rock will be needed to go into the landfill helping to prolong the life of the landfill.  It is also expected to provide savings on the cost of the landfill levy that must be paid to the EPA for every tonne of waste, including the cover material that is put into the landfill.”

Residents are encouraged to provide any feedback or thoughts they may have about the trial and the alternative material.  This can be done by phoning the City on 5434 6000, emailing to [email protected] or via the feedback forms online at www.bendigo.vic.gov.au


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