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Byron Shire Council is looking for waste

Byron Shire Council is investigating the potential to utilise all sources of organic waste material, termed ‘biomass’, produced in the Shire.

Biomass is organic matter from commercial or farming activities that could be utilised for its highest available reuse value.

Innovative utilisation of the Shire’s biomass provides an excellent opportunity for reducing carbon emissions and creating a valuable resource from the mass of organic waste material produced within the Shire.

As a very first step Council has engaged Planit Engineering to do a detailed assessment to quantify and qualify the possible sources of biomass within the Byron Shire.

The project will involve the community from beginning to end as Council is keen to know about all farming and commercial sources of organic waste currently not collected. This could be from dairy, pig and chicken farms or commercial food manufacturing.

“The future potential of innovative biomass utilisation in the Byron Shire is very exciting. It’s another step towards a zero emissions community and pulls together many overlapping environmental and economic benefits,” Byron Shire Mayor Simon Richardson highlighted.

Council’s environmental programs officer Lara Brunner said there are many steps between where we are now and having a fully functioning biomass utilisation facility operating in the Byron Shire.

“The first step is seeing if we really do have a sufficient volume of biomass available that isn’t already being used for other valuable purposes.

“At this stage we are open to technology and the location of a proposed plant because we will be relying on the findings of this initial investigation to inform that decision,” she explained.

Council is keen for the Byron Shire Community to fully participate in the journey.

“Although it is very early days,” Mayor Richardson said that Council will be holding a public forum to share the process, community knowledge, expertise or ideas on a biomass utilisation industry in the Byron Shire.

“There are many in the Byron Shire who has expressed interest and project ideas for the use of Council’s bio solids, bamboo or kerbside food and garden organic material collection. Project ideas presented to Council range from simple composting to advanced bio energy technologies.  

“This investigation will go further to include biomass sources from outside of Council operations to create a more holistic and comprehensive picture of the Shire’s biomass potential,” Mayor Richardson said

Letters will be sent out to enterprises that may have biomass sources that could contribute to the study and a public forum will be held early next year to further engage with the Byron Shire Community. 

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Byron Shire Council
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Byron Shire is located at Australia's eastern-most point with a population of almost 29,000. It is a thriving community where residents and visitors live, work and play in a sustainable environment and where Council strives to deliver the highest standard of local government services and infrastructure.