Greensill Farming Group has announced plans to build a state-of-the-art composting facility where residential and commercial green waste could be disposed of free of charge.
The company has submitted a development application with Bundaberg Regional Council to build the Green Solutions Wide Bay facility on Windermere Road.
An integral part of Greensill’s environmental sustainability plan, if approved Green Solutions Wide Bay would take green or garden waste free of charge from the community at large.
General manager Damien Botha said as a business, Greensill was continuously seeking new and innovative processes to minimise its carbon footprint.
“Utilising green waste flows within our region and converting green waste into organic compost is an integral step towards supporting our commitment to sustainable farming for the future.
“The added bonus is we can help the local community save money in disposing green waste, as well as supporting local landscaping and maintenance businesses reduce their costs.”
The proposed Greensill composting development will be an open windrow composting facility, where residents would have the ability to drop green waste free of charge for domestic and commercial loads.
Mayor Jack Dempsey said Greensill had been in contact with Council about new technology and innovations in this area.
“As a Council we’ve set our region up as leaders in waste to bioproduct development,” Mayor Dempsey said.
“From Utilitas to Energy360 there are a number of projects earmarked for the region which reduce waste, reduce landfill costs and bring innovation and jobs to the region.
“If approved, it would be interesting to see how we could work with this facility to get the best outcome for the community.
“Reducing the amount of green waste that ends up in Council landfill is a win for ratepayers and a win for the environment.”
The Greensill composting facility will align with the Australian Standard 4454 and will be used locally to support farming and horticultural operations.
“Composting green waste materials creates a valuable soil enhancer – replenishing depleted soils, protecting against erosion, aiding in water retention and efficiencies, and where possible replacing synthetic fertilizers,” CEO Peter Greensill said.
It is estimated that 30 jobs would be created during construction of the purpose-built facility, as well as five direct jobs as a result of the completed project.
Construction for the Greensill composting facility is planned for early 2020.
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