CAMPASPE Shire Council has approved a recycling facility in Girgarre expected to process about 50,000-100,000 tonnes of retail food waste per annum.
Based at the old Heinz processing facility on Winter Rd, the facility will store food at the site before it is processed, and employ 40 people.
The materials will be ‘‘securely stored’’ and then baled when enough material is gathered before being sent to another facility.
The application was brought to the council meeting on Tuesday night where councillors agreed there were enough conditions in place to meet the two objections received.
Cr Vicki Neele said it was an opportunity for a business to develop at a site which has been empty for some time.
‘‘And hopefully it will provide an additional opportunity for work in the Girgarre area,’’ she said.
Cr Neil Pankhurst said when you look at the figures of food waste to be processed it showed there was demand for a facility of this kind.
‘‘It is important we have a facility like this to keep that waste out of landfills and other waste-streams because as councillors we’re all well aware of the huge cost associated with providing waste services,’’ he said.
‘‘The more we can keep out of landfill the better so this certainly provides an opportunity.’’
Council consultation was undertaken in April at the Kyabram Service Centre. The meeting was attended by one objector who raised concerns in relation to odour, rubbish, vermin and devaluation.
Cr Leigh Wilson said there were conditions in place that would give surety to the applicant and the community.
‘‘I certainly understand concerns of objectors ... this allows council to be able to monitor the facility more readily and provide feedback to the applicant.’’
It will operate between 6.30am-5pm Monday to Friday, and process organic food waste to be used as stock feed, as well as aluminium, cardboard, plastic, glass and contaminated or not recyclable solids.