Welshpool waste transfer facility gets green light

October 5, 2017 by  

A $5m waste transfer station in Welshpool has gained approval from the City of Canning council, despite some opposition from local businesses.

The waste transfer facility, operated by Cleanaway Solid Waste Pty Ltd, will be operated from 16-30 Sheffield Road. The facility is capable of processing 540 tonnes of solid waste on site daily.

Seven councillors have voted their support towards the City of Canning Council’s decision for the opening of the waste transfer station. Three councillors have voted against the decision.

A petition containing 263 signatures from workers in the vicinity have been sent to council. Their main concern is the impact of the facility on road safety and surrounding amenities.

The waste transfer facility will have 75 vehicles worth of waste delivered to site, with a total of 150 vehicle movements each day. Another 20 road trains have been proposed to transfer waste off site daily.

According to Cleanaway, waste transfer trucks can move around in a safe and compliant manner within the facility. Engineers have assessed the potential increased traffic flow situation and have found it to be acceptable. Dust and odour is also said to be safety contained within the site’s boundaries.

Business leaders in the area remain unconvinced, however, and protests against developments like this often lead to the use of services like banner printing to make their concerns visible.