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Southern Waste Solutions (SWS) today conducted the first round of site tours of its Copping landfill for members of the community with an interest in the facility and the proposed C cell.

SWS Chief Executive Officer Christine Bell guided 16 people in three personalised site tours, showing them both the existing landfill facility and the area where the C cell will be constructed.

“Today was round one of our personal site tours, which we are providing to anyone in the local community with a genuine interest in the facility,” Ms Bell said.

“I am really pleased with the response we’ve had to the invitations for a site tour and I think attendees were nicely surprised when they had a look around today.

“The Copping landfill has been operating successfully for more than a decade now and we work to best practice environmental and standards.

“The C cell will be engineered to world’s best practice and waste will be stored and treated in a way that ensures it cannot cause harm to the environment though emissions to air, soil or water contamination.

“Tasmania is currently the only state in Australia without such a facility and if we are to hang our hat on being a ‘clean, green’ state, we all need to take responsibility for the waste we produce.”

Southern Waste Solutions is a joint authority owned by Clarence, Kingborough, Sorell and Tasman Councils.