Compactor extends landfill life

The purchase of a $1.2 million compactor will see an extension to the lifespan of the South Hedland Landfill Facility, ensuring the site can meet the forecasted demand of the Town of Port Hedland’s growing population and economy.

The Caterpillar 836K compactor weighs a whopping 55 tonnes and is the only one of its size in Australia.

The purpose of the compactor is to compact waste which reduces voids, leading to a lesser risk of fire outbreaks and minimising air space within the waste.

CEO Mal Osborne says the purchase of the compactor is a significant investment by the Town of Port Hedland as the organisation continues to engage in best
practice operations.

“The South Hedland Landfill Facility is one of the largest industrial landfill sites in the whole of WA, with approximately 150,000 tonnes of industrial waste making up the 167,000 tonnes we receive on average per year.

 “All landfill sites have a limited lifespan and the Town is eager to investigate innovative ways to continue to extend the life of our facility so we can provide this service for the next five to ten years.

“It is expected that the compactor will assist by extending the life of the landfill site by approximately an extra two years which is a great outcome for the community.”

The Town of Port Hedland is planning for the relocation of the South Hedland Landfill Facility and is currently investigating a number of site options.