The Waste Sorting Centre (WSC) receives waste from the community and waste management companies. The facility allows the community to divert material from landfill when an alternative market or demand exists. The facility is constructed on two levels on the site of the original Blenheim transfer station. The upper level receives waste from the community and provides options to separate out wood, metal, brick, soil, ewaste and hazardous waste into various bays and containers. There is also a light load conveyor that allows the community to unload their waste and have it transferred into the sorting shed. Waste Management companies deliver waste inside the shed via skip bins. Waste received inside the shed is then put through a mechanical and hand sort to extract materials which have a value beyond landfill.
The WSC is subject to fees and charges.
Loading waste from height
The site has a number of open bays and waste containers that are loaded from above. To mitigate the potential for slips and falls, safety gates have been installed.
Outputs from the WSC
The outputs from the sorting centre are recorded via the weighbridge. The following table provides a breakdown of these outputs for the previous year and is updated each July.
Mixed Paper Out
Residual Waste Out WSC
Treated Wood Out
Untreated Wood Out
|Monday to Friday||7.30 am to 5.00 pm|
|Saturday||7.30 am to 4.00 pm|
|Sunday||10.00 am to 4.00 pm|
|Public holiday opening times|
Waste Sorting Centre
Take a look at this video for an explanation on how the Waste Sorting Centre will operate and what we need from you as a user of the site.
Reducing reliance on landfill
Like many regions, Marlborough relies heavily on landfill as the method for managing its waste but that has changed following the opening of its new $3.3 million Waste Sorting Centre.