After collection, the garbage trucks deliver their loads to the Clyde Transfer Terminal, where the waste is compacted and loaded into rail containers. Each container can fit approximately 10 garbage truck loads of waste inside.
The containers of waste are then transported by rail to Veolia's Eco Precinct at Woodlawn (near Goulburn).
Not all our general waste is going directly to landfill though. Some of Ku-ring-gai's waste is now sent for further processing to separate metals and organics.
It takes approximately 3-4 months of treatment to turn the organic waste from the waste bin into a basic compost. This material is being used to remediate parts of the Woodlawn mine site. This process is called mechanical biological treatment of waste (MBT).
To assist in this process it is important make sure that any item you place in your waste bin is under 1m in length. Long stringy items get tangled in the machinery which can hinder the process. Items that are problematic include hoses, ropes and textiles.
The remaining inorganic or residual waste following the waste processing is then sent to the bioreactor landfill. A bioreactor landfill speeds up the decomposition process of buried waste and captures the landfill gases. The gases are then converted into green electricity which is fed back into the power grid.
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