The Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA) has announced the winners of the 2017 National Landfill & Transfer Stations Innovation and Excellence Awards.
The awards showcase best practice in landfill and transfer stations, with the aim of commending exceptional sites.
The awards include the Transfer Stations Excellence Award, the Landfill Excellence Award and the Innovation Award.
In the area of Transfer Stations Excellence, Townsville Waste Services took the top spot for their Magnetic Island Transfer Station.
Located eight kilometres offshore from Townsville and within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage area, Magnetic Island’s transfer station was designed to receive a range of domestic, organic and commercial waste for sorting and categorisation.
The construction of the transfer station has allowed the Picnic Bay Landfill to be closed at the public since March 7, 2016.
In the area of Landfill Excellence, Dulverton Waste Management (DWM) proved victorious. DWM is located near Latrobe in Tasmania’s north-west. The landfill, with a life of 70-plus years, has a detailed aftercare plan.
The DWM landfill was the region’s first to operate a landfill gas system to extract methane and assist in annual carbon abatement of approximately 10,000 tonnes CO2-e.
It also incorporates Tasmania’s largest compost facility, diverting more than 29 per cent of waste into high-quality compost certified to the voluntary Australian Standard for Composts, Soil Conditioners and Mulches.
Queensland’s Toowoomba Regional Council Waste service won the award for Innovation, after developing an automated facility which slowly reduced the time required for staff to manage the facility.
Systems integrated into Greater Toowoomba’s Waste Management Facility include electronic gates, digital CCTV, security and building management systems.