Whyalla Council’s Mount Laura Waste and Resource Recovery Centre has closed its gates to the public for the last time, as the city transitions to a new model of waste management and disposal.
All waste services will be provided via Veolia’s new purpose-built waste transfer station, located in the Whyalla Industrial Estate.
The closure of the Mount Laura Waste and Resource Recovery Centre has been on the horizon since the South Australian council’s decision to award a ten-year contract to Veolia Environmental Services for waste management and disposal in the region.
After an extensive tender process, Veolia was awarded the waste management contract, with a $250,000 grant from the state government through Green Industries SA assisting with the construction of the new waste transfer station.
Construction on the $7 million purpose-built Waste and Resource Transfer Station commenced in September 2019.
According to a Veolia statement, the new transfer station is designed to improve material segregation and landfill diversion by recovering materials more efficiently.
It will also ensure the safe and compliant treatment of waste and recyclables generated within the local region.
As a result of the new waste transfer facility, the Mount Laura Waste and Resource Recovery Centre landfill site will also close.
Both sites will run concurrently until the landfill officially closes to the public 7 August.
“Running both sites for an overlap period allows council to continue winding down its Mount Laura landfill operations, enables Veolia to work through any potential teething problems at the new site, and most importantly, provide a seamless transition and continuing service for residents,” the statement reads.