TRAFALGAR residents have been warned of increased truck traffic in the town and possible foul smells as works to construct the final cap on the closed Trafalgar landfill get underway.
Trucks carrying clay, soil and equipment to the landfill site will travel through the town on Ashby and Contingent Streets and the project is not expected to be finished before October next year.
In a media release Baw Baw Shire mayor Murray Cook warned there “may be some inconvenience” for residents.
“While there may be some inconvenience to Trafalgar residents between now and October next year, once the final cap is complete it will be a huge relief to everyone,” Cr Cook said.
“While the cost is substantial and the time it will take to do the work is considerable, it will ultimately provide the best possible environmental outcome for Trafalgar residents.
The capping process will involve partially levelling the land, the construction of a temporary 300mm clay cap, a 600mm pure clay cap and the installation of a plastic drainage material across the site, followed by another 800mm of clay fill, 200mm of topsoil and the planting of new vegetation.
The landfill was closed after the Environmental Protection Agency became concerned about rising leachate levels at the site in 2011.
“This site has been subject to stringent EPA requirements,” Cr Cook said.
The contract to carry out the works was awarded to Curtis Barrier P/L.
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