In January, Cessnock City Council in the Hunter region of NSW, opened its new transfer station as part of its commitment to increase its landfill diversion rate.

Cessnock City Council’s new transfer station.

Waste generation in Cessnock sits at about 45,000 tonnes annually, or 810kg per person per year and about 29% is recovered with the remainder making its way to landfill. Thus, Council said the decision to build the transfer station was "an easy one".

Instead of reinventing the wheel, Council told Inside Waste the team took the time to learn from the experiences of others, establishing a project control group early in the process.

"The process group took learnings from other operations and blended them to meet our community's needs," Cessnock City Council environment and waste manager Michael Alexander said.

But that's not to say that the team did not innovate in the process. The site, Inside Waste is told was built in a way that would facilitate maximum resource recovery opportunities while maintaining a safe environment.

Inside Waste has the details, including the challenges that Council faced in the process, equipment and technology used, and lessons learnt.

For more on the story, keep a look out for the February/March issue of Inside Waste, which will be published shortly. In the meantime, Council's journey has been documented in the video below.