A new section of the landfill at the Summerhill Waste Management Centre has begun receiving waste after significant investment by Newcastle City Council to meet the needs of the city's growing population.
Disposal operations transferred to the latest waste storage cell this morning following its excavation and water-tight insulation within the site's existing boundaries over the past two years.
To construct the 3 million cubic-metre cell - Summerhill's ninth - around 1.2 million cubic metres of earth was dug and a huge plastic membrane laid over compacted fill to prevent leaching into underlying rocks.
Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said the $10.5 million project, approved by Council in December 2015, was the first stage of the Cell Nine development on 70 hectares allocated for landfill at Summerhill in 1993.
"I'm pleased to announce this significant operational milestone in one of our biggest tasks as a Council," the Lord Mayor said.
"Together with the solar farm we recently, 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.
Read More of the original press release by Newcastle City Council HERE