In a move that bodes well for a greener, cleaner future, the council has made alterations to a waste management centre in the district that will see it become more sustainable.
Goulburn Mulwaree Council has installed a new amenities building, complete with an internal bathroom and solar power, at the Tarago Waste Management Centre.
This included a 5.39kW Off Grid Solar System, Solar System, with a total storage capacity of 10kWh supplied and installed by Goulburn Solar.
In a statement, a council spokesperson said the project is a good outcome for the area that also significantly improves amenity and safety at the site.
"The completion of this work will now also enable a septic system and CCTV to be installed at the centre," the spokesperson said.
"With no power previously available, staff have relied on a portable toilet on site and a shower was not available if required.
"A generator was used to charge items used on site including bin lifters and the computer system used to process electronic rural waste cards.
"The solar system has been installed across two existing site containers that provide on-site storage."
The spokesperson said an external emergency eye wash/shower and hand washing station would also be installed once the plumbing is complete, which will be available for staff and the public if required.
Goulburn Mulwaree Mayor Bob Kirk welcomed the new facility.
"It is great to see a project like this completed that has sustainability advantages and also provides staff with the expected level of amenity, plus emergency facilities for the public," Mayor Bob Kirk said.
"The amenities building is a simple, cost effective structure and staff will definitely appreciate an internal toilet once the plumbing is complete."
The old amenities building from Tarago was relocated to the Goulburn Waste Management Centre, where it is being used as for much-needed office space.
A water tank that was no longer required at Goulburn Waste Management Centre was similarly re-purposed and used at Tarago.
Meanwhile, new bins for organic household waste are being rolled out in Goulburn and Marulan for residents who receive a kerbside waste collection service.
Residents who already have an organic waste bin, which is not council-issued are encouraged to keep it and re-purpose it, such as using it for storage, or making a DIY compost bin or worm farm.
Rural residents are able to dispose of up to 240L of landfill waste, 240L of recycling and 240L organic waste during each 'use' of their rural card. There are 52 'uses' on the rural card, plus a bulky load.