Construction on a long-awaited $7 million upgrade for the Meru Waste Management Facility is set to begin early this month. A 20-bay transfer station will be built to the south of the existing transfer station, which has four bays, as the City expands its waste-handling capability. City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said the new transfer station would make waste management safer and more efficient, and would help meet the growing needs of the community. “The tip is visited nearly 9000 times every month and this number is steadily increasing,” Mr Van Styn said. “The new transfer station will provide more opportunities for our community to safely separate their waste, which will reduce cross-contamination and enable more recyclable materials than ever before to be collected and processed for reuse.” “The expected increase in waste recovery will generate economic returns for the City while extending the life of the landfill disposal cell.” The station has been on the City’s agenda since 2020, and is expected to be completed in December 2023. It comes after the City of Greater Geraldton Council voted to award tender for the project to local contractor Crothers Construction in March. The project will cost $7.36 million, with $6.23 million provided by the City and $1.13 million provided by the Federal Government’s Building Better Regions Fund. Temporary drop-off locations will be in use while construction is ongoing, the City has said.