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Local MP – Gabrielle Williams, State Member for Dandenong joined Cleanaway CEO and Managing Director, Vik Bansal, to celebrate the opening of Cleanaway’s new, state of the art South East Melbourne Transfer Station in Dandenong South on Monday 1 May.
Marking a significant milestone for the company, and designed with the capacity for growth, the transfer station will serve Melbourne’s growing south east corridor.
Ms Williams said of the opening “as our population grows, so does the waste we generate. This means we need to plan carefully. Facilities like these are an important part of our long term strategies for waste management.”
Vik Bansal, CEO and Managing Director of Cleanaway said “the investment in this facility strengthens our long-standing commitment to Victoria’s economic and environmental wellbeing.
“At Cleanaway, we’re working to ensure that our national network of facilities and supporting infrastructure will meet Australia’s waste management needs well into the future.”
Once operational, the site will act as a consolidation point for waste, which will then be transported to the Melbourne Regional Landfill, in high capacity A-Double trailers. The use of these trailers will reduce the overall number of heavy vehicles, which would otherwise be transporting waste long distances, helping to ease congestion across Melbourne’s road network.
Cleanaway’s strategy supports Sustainability Victoria’s Statewide Waste and Resource Recovery Infrastructure Plan (SWRRIP) which favours greater resource recovery, with fewer, larger landfills to manage Victoria’s residual waste, supported by a growing network of transfer stations like this.
The opening coincides with the company’s closure of the final landfill in the Clarinda area. Rehabilitation work is already underway in close consultation with the City of Kingston.
“As our landfilling operations come to a close, we remain committed to rehabilitating Cleanaway’s managed landfills and progressively returning them to the community as recreational land,” said Clete Elms, General Manager – Solid Waste Services, VIC/TAS.
The South East Melbourne Transfer Station will be fully operational from mid May 2017.