Thursday, May 30, 2024

Bega Valley to call EOI for FOGO plant

NSW

Bega Valley Shire Council has announced it will soon call for expressions of interest to build and operate a new FOGO processing plant at the Central Waste Facility (CWF) near Wolumla.

Waste Services Manager, Alan Gundrill said the move was designed to attract experienced operators with a vision of growing and improving a local composting service.

“Councillors made two key decisions recently regarding the future of FOGO in the Bega Valley,” Mr Gundrill said.

“The first was to open the temporary outsourcing of organics processing to a competitive tender process, and the second was to invite expressions of interest from experienced operators to design, construct, operate and maintain an organics processing facility at the CWF.

“This will ensure continuation of FOGO processing at a suitable site while a new facility is being constructed.

“When the new facility is ready, FOGO processing will move to its new permanent home at the CWF where an external operator will be able to build on the foundations of our Council-run service.”

Mr Gundrill said the new facility will have enough space for the local FOGO service to grow and improve.

“The popularity of FOGO means we have outgrown its current home at the Merimbula Waste Transfer Station and we need to move the service to a more suitable site within the shire,” he said.

“Our goal is to provide a fantastic product for the community using the experience of an industry leader and a processing facility purpose-built in a suitable location.

“Composting our food and garden organic waste locally is important to us and our customers because it shows how waste can become a valuable resource, with the ability to produce positive local outcomes.

“That connection between filling the green-lid bin with food and garden organics and picking up a trailer-load of locally produced compost is pretty powerful for many people in our community. We want to keep it that way which is why we are advocating for an outsourced service at a Council-owned facility.

“While a new processing plant is designed and constructed, we are keen to explore temporary off-site arrangements for our organics to ease the burden on our Merimbula site.

“We have been planning a move to the CWF for a number of years and it’s great to be taking the project to this important next stage,” he said.

The EOI for the new organics processing facility will be advertised on buy.NSW. The tender for temporary outsourcing of organics processing will be advertised on Council’s Vendor Panel.

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