New landfill site at Summerhill Waste Management Centre

A new landfill cell has opened at Summerhill Waste Management Centre that is expected to cope with Newcastle’s waste for the next 10 to 15 years.

The three million cubic metre, $10.5 million cell – the facility’s ninth within the grounds of the tip – took its first load of waste on Thursday.

Newcastle Council waste manager Darren North said landfill was essential for the safe disposal of materials that could not be recycled for environmental, technological or economic reasons.

“We divert as much waste away from landfill as possible, because so much of what we throw away can be re-used, recycled or re-purposed,” he said.

Lord mayor Nuatali Nelmes said the cell incorporated the best modern technology, engineering and environmental protection.

“Together with the solar farm we recently announced, it’s the latest step we’ve taken to future-proof our city for the population growth we can expect on the back of record development across Newcastle and the Hunter,” she said.