'Green' pipes a first
Byron Shire Council is using innovative pipe technology to help save money and the environment at its West Byron Sewerage Treatment Plant.
Mayor Jan Barham last week helped to lay one of the first 'green pipes' in the West Byron STP constructed wetland.
The 'green pipes', made from 100 per cent recycled HDPE plastic, will carry effluent from the treatment plant around the wetlands and also on to the 24-hectare Melaleuca regeneration site.
The 750 metres of pipe are expected to be laid by December.
"The green pipes are part of council's commitment to environmental sustainability," Cr Barham said.
"The pipes have been used successfully on other irrigation and stormwater projects elsewhere in the State.
"Council chose the green pipes in preference to standard concrete pipes, because they are cost effective, lightweight so making them easy to install, Australian made and if kept underground could last indefinitely."
The pipes have been supplied to council by Recycled Plastics Technology and are designed to resist UV radiation.
Costing around $55,000, the 'green pipes' will help to refurbish the West Byron wetlands.
Cr Barham said the innovative wetlands played an important role in the final stages of the sewage treatment process as well as providing a home for wildlife.
The upgrade of the West Byron constructed wetlands is part of an overall upgrade of the West Byron STP.