Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Council Puts a Lid on Pong

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Council Puts a Lid on Pong

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SMELLS, space and an insidious tax will soon be addressed in a trial to be conducted at the Englands Road Resource Recovery Park.

Coffs Harbour City Council has decided to go ahead with the trial of a new way to cover the landfill face each night.

It is hoped a 1.8 tonne steel lid will not only keep a cap on odours, but slow the landfill reaching capacity and deny the leakage of tax dollars to the State Government.

At the moment the landfill is compressed each afternoon and then covered with soil to a depth of 150mm.

It is a time-consuming and costly operation that is hastening the expiry date of the Englands Rd landfill.

Not only does the council need to source the soil, but it has to pay the government's landfill levy at a rate of $31 a tonne every time soil is brought to the facility.

At last week's council meeting, mayor Keith Rhoades lashed out at what he said was a tax that was about nothing more than revenue raising.

aAcross NSW the landfill levy raises $370 million a year for the State Government, but it discourages people from acting responsibly when it comes to waste management,a Cr Rhoades said. …

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