Hodgman Govt Approves Proposed C Cell Waste Facility For Copping

Hodgman Govt Approves Proposed C Cell Waste Facility For Copping

Tasmania Minister for Environment Parks and Heritage Matthew Groom

Sustainable Waste Management

Victor P Taffa

The Hodgman Government is committed to facilitating best practice environmental management in Tasmania, Minister for Environment Parks and Heritage Matthew Groom said.

“Tasmania already has a strong record of best practice environmental management, but there is more that can be done and that must be done to ensure that our natural environment is being responsibly managed and also to reinforce Tasmania’s clean environmental brand.”

“In particular we need to do more to facilitate effective waste management in Tasmania.” Mr. Groom said.

It is against this backdrop that the Tasmanian Government has accepted the recommendation of the Tasmanian Development Board to provide a supporting grant of up to $2 Million to facilitate the proposed C Cell waste facility at Copping.

 

The Tasmanian Development Board concluded that the proposed controlled waste facility would make an important contribution to the sustainable economic development of Tasmania and hence be an important piece of infrastructure for the State.

Tasmania is the only state in Australia that does not have a Category C refuse disposal site.

As a result Tasmanian companies, authorities and organisations either stockpile or freight hazardous waste interstate for disposal.

In adopting the Board’s recommendation the Government is acknowledging that the development of the C Cell will make an important contribution to the sustainable economic development of Tasmania.

This is a choice between leaving hazardous waste lying around polluting, or storing it properly in a secure location. This is the only responsible environmental course of action.

“In supporting the development the Government has agreed to provide a grant of up to $2 Million to Southern Waste Solutions to assist with construction of the facility.”

Southern Waste Solutions, which is owned by the Clarence City, Sorell, Tasman and Kingborough Councils, has secured $4 Million of the $6 Million capital necessary to construct the waste facility from the private sector.

The Environmental Protection Authority has undertaken a rigorous assessment of the project and has set strict controls for the site to ensure that contaminated waste is managed effectively.

Construction of the C Cell will commence in the next few weeks, and be completed by 30 June 2016.

“This vital and strategic piece of infrastructure will help underpin future economic development including major projects where contaminated waste will need to be managed. It will also support our reputation as the Antarctic gate way by providing a feasible option for Antarctic waste disposal.” Mr. Groom said.