Councillor Reg Kidd believes the chance to see Orange’s newly redeveloped waste management plant will provide the viewing public with an eye-opening experience.
“There are lots and lots of people who would look at their three bins and think that’s the end of it, but if you multiply every house in Orange by the waste it produces, it’s an incredible scale and it all goes out to the one place,” Cr Kidd said.
“You’d be surprised what you see out there. There’s an old saying, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and that’s certainly the case out there.”
Guided tours of the plant will take place on Sunday, with a free bus shuttling residents to see two new facilities.
The first is a $5.5million organics and waste baling facility at the Ophir Road Resource Recovery Centre and the second is the new Euchareena Road Resource Recovery Centre.
The later is where commercial quantities of compost are now being produced and where baled waste is taken to be added to landfill cells.
Lauding the new development’s ability to provide members of the disabled community with employment, Cr Kidd said the twin resource recovery centres’ benefit to the both the Orange and Molong communities was two fold.
“The first is the rules and regulations changed regarding recycling and people are more environmentally aware of things now,” he said.
“And the second is it costs millions of dollars to put things in a new hole.
“It’s helping the environment and it’s helping the economy. It’s win-win for everyone.”
Numbers for the bus tours are limited and residents are encouraged to book in soon on the JR Richards waste hotline on 1300 883 163. Bookings close at noon on Thursday, December 5.
Buses will leave the Orange Civic Centre for a tour of the new facility at Ophir Road from 10 am.