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State-of-the-art recycling centre opening creates 24 jobs

Cleanaway general manager Neil Perry with Mayor Gerard O'Connell at the Fraser Coast Materials Recovery Facility opening at Dundowran.
Cleanaway general manager Neil Perry with Mayor Gerard O'Connell at the Fraser Coast Materials Recovery Facility opening at Dundowran. Alistair Brightman

A $2 MILLION recycling facility expected to sort 100 tonnes of rubbish a week has opened in Dundowran, creating 24 jobs.

Mayor Gerard O'Connell joined Cleanaway Queensland general manager Neil Perry to open the state-of-the-art materials recovery facility (MRF).

It houses the latest technology for sorting waste and education about recycling.

Mr Perry said Cleanaway was proud to bring the technology to the Fraser Coast.

"In a first for the region, the MRF utilises latest technology sorting equipment, to maximise the automation of the process," Mr Perry said.

"Not only does this improve recycling recovery rates, it also ensures the safety of our local workforce by reducing personnel interaction with the equipment."

Cr O'Connell said it was important the community was educated about recycling and thanked Cleanaway for their commitment to the region.

"I am delighted with the partnership we've forged," he said.

"Often waste collection and how you manage waste is not a sexy subject to talk about."

An education facility will be built in the plant to give residents an opportunity to learn about the processes of recycling.

Council waste education project officer Kate Brown said interactive displays would inspire the community.

Plans include a smart shopper corner, permanent information diagram on the walls and a landfill display.

Cr O'Connell said there was an emphasis on education as well as processing materials.

"In the education centre, school groups and residents will be informed of the importance of recycling, which in turn will decrease contamination in kerbside recycling bins and reduce the volume of recyclable material going to landfill," he said.

Mr Perry said education was the most important tool in reducing landfill.

Australia is the second-highest producer of waste per person in the world.

For more information on Cleanaway, visit www.transpacific.com.au/content/transpacific-cleanaway.aspx.

Topics:  cleanaway, dundowran, jobs, recycling




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