AN upgrade to Camperdown Compost that will see 50,000 tonnes of organic waste diverted from landfill has got the green light from council.
Corangamite Shire councillors unanimously supported the expansion and upgrade of the waste processing facility on Tuesday night.
There were 41 submissions to the development, with 14 objections and 27 letters of support.
Mayor Neil Trotter said the applicant ticked off every objection to the works.
"This facility is very important particularly for state recycling infrastructure it's a very important process in composting material for the region," he said.
"The diversion of organic waste from landfill is very important.
"The tonnage is higher than what currently goes through our landfill per annum to give you an idea of the size of the operation.
"If they weren't providing the tonnage it would be going to the Naroghid Landfill and probably double the intake there.
"The EPA will be monitoring and I'm satisfied the new treatment methods will improve the odor and wastewater issues."
The existing facility will be re-designed to process up to 50,000 tonnes per year of organic waste using open turned windrows, up from 24,000 tonnes.
The composting area will consist of two 'columns' of windrows located on top of a concrete force aerated floor.
The proposed windrows will be regularly turned using a mechanical windrow turner to maintain optimum temperatures and aerobic conditions.
The facility also seeks to add food organics/green organics (FOGO), green waste, putrescible organic wastes, food and beverage processing wastes, and industrial wash waters to the list of licensed feedstocks to be processed at the facility.
The site currently receives and dispatches organic waste material 24 hours a day seven days a week.
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