General waste is collected and sent to landfill at the Nikenbah Waste Transfer Station.
General waste is collected and sent to landfill at the Nikenbah Waste Transfer Station. Alistair Brightman

Council to investigate organic waste collection service

THE council will investigate options to introduce an organic waste collection service after adopting a waste management strategy on Wednesday.

Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said the council wanted to cut waste generation and encourage residents and businesses to separate and recycle.

"We have to meet government and community expectations to reduce, reuse and recycle," he said.

Cr O'Connell said options for diverting green and organic waste from landfill would be investigated.

He said the intention was to progressively close small landfills and use transfer stations and larger regional landfills.

Cr O'Connell said the plan included establishing a transfer station at the existing Granville landfill site and replacing Tinana, Boonooroo, Old Howard, Aramara, and Toogoom landfills with transfer stations.

"We are also planning ahead to ensure we have an appropriate waste facility to meet the needs of the Fraser Coast region," Cr O'Connell said.

"It could take up to 10 years to identify a site and gain the necessary approvals so we need to be working now to reduce waste to extend the life of our landfills as well as find a new site."

He said the Fraser Coast Waste Management and Resource Recovery Strategy 2013-2020 outlined how the council planned to boost recycling and manage waste.

"This is the first region-wide waste management strategy developed since amalgamation," Cr O'Connell said.

"How we manage our waste has significant implications for the environment as well as costs to ratepayers.

"We already handle 103,000 tonnes of waste a year.

"Given current trends the amount of waste produced on the Fraser Coast will jump by 24,000 tonnes to 114,000 tonnes in the next seven years and by 58,000 tonnes to 161,000 tonnes by 2031."

He said the strategy addressed waste prevention and minimisation, collection, treatment, recycling and disposal. 



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