WHITTON'S waste will officially have a new and orderly place thanks to the opening of the town's new transfer station.
Leeton Shire Council held a short ceremony at the new site in Naradhun Street on Tuesday morning where a small crowd of stakeholders attended.
The new site can be easily accessed, with four large skip bins situated atop a large ramp that clearly mark what waste goes where.
The four categories - scrap metal, mixed waste, green waste and concrete waste - will ensure items are properly sorted before being taken to landfill.
Council staff will be on hand to supervise when the facility is open.
At present those times are Wednesday from 12:30pm to 4:30pm and Saturday from 8:30am to 12:30pm.
However, following feedback from residents, council may decide to open the transfer station on a Sunday instead of a Saturday.
Speaking at the opening, mayor Paul Maytom said the facility's opening had been "long-awaited" by the Whitton community.
"I'm pleased to see it come to fruition," he said.
"The key focus for this development was to encourage waste to be safely disposed.
"In designing the site a number of considerations were put in place."
This included ease of site access and use, the safety of workers and residents, security and protection of the surrounding environment.
"This new station provides a safer, environmentally-friendly site to dispose of waste and recycled items," councillor Maytom said.
"One of the many great benefits of this operation is that it will make it easier (for people) to recycle goods."
Cr Maytom thanked all of the staff involved with the project, including waste and recycling co-ordinator Guy Retallick who also spoke at the opening.
"We based this site on the one at Yenda, but we've given it a longer ramp and longer access at the top to give residents more room to maneuver around," he said.
"This also helps our landfill back at Leeton.
"We can use or recycle the items. Before this station, it was just coming in (from Whitton) as a mixed load."
A short morning tea at the Whitton hall rounded out the festivities.