Town tip to close next month
THE 30-year-old Murwillumbah rubbish tip will close on November 30 after Tweed Shire Council lost a battle with the state government which wanted proof the dump was not a pollution hazard.
Rather than spend a small fortune on studies proving the tip in an industrial area to the east of the town was not contaminating the environment the council hasopted to close it .
The site will now be capped with layers of soil and used for flood-free storage for council supplies, such as drainage and water pipes.
Murwillumbah residents who have been suing the tip must now make do with their new three-bin sorted garbage service or take their excess rubbish to the Stott's Creek tip.
The Murwillumbah tip had been well-known for its recycling services - complete with a recycled goods shop which over the years has sold a wide range of treasures, even controversial and allegedly valuable artworks recovered from the tip face.
According to the council's Waste Management coordinator Adam Faulkner the council had been negotiating with the Department of Environment and Climate over the future operations of the Murwillumbah tip “due to potential leachate contamination of groundwater”.
The department originally demanded the tip close by the end of April, but council negotiated an extension.