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Broadwater waste facility upgrade gets underway

Residents and users of the Broadwater Waste Transfer Station can expect to reap the benefits of upgrades to the facility, with works beginning this week.

The upgrade of the Broadwater facility is one of many projects identified in Southern Downs Regional Council’s Waste Reduction and Recycling Plan 2016-2026 and Southern Downs Portfolio Councillor for Waste Management Cameron Gow said the upgrades will offer several benefits.

“Once completed, the upgrades will allow for increased recycling opportunities as there will be better access to recycling bins as well as a stock pile area for scrap metal. A bulky bin will also be provided specifically for disposal of large items such as furniture and mattresses.

“Importantly, the site will become a supervised facility and we know from experience that site supervision can result in less vandalism and illegal dumping.

“But equally, site supervisors can minimise the contamination of recyclable materials by helping residents and customers to sort waste that can be recycled from waste that can’t, and in the end, this leads to less waste being diverted to landfill,” he said.

Cr Gow said work on the facility is anticipated to be completed in late July/early August 2017.

“During the construction period, residents will continue to have access to waste disposal bins at the Broadwater facility, but these will be located outside of the existing compound.

“Council appreciates the community’s patience during the construction period and we encourage all members of the community to think about how you manage your waste. It’s critical that we all play our part in avoiding, reducing, re-using and recycling waste every day” he said.

For further information about the Broadwater Waste Transfer Station upgrade, please contact Council on 1300 MY SDRC (1300 697 372) and for more information about waste management and recycling, visit Council’s website.

The Waste Reduction and Recycling Plan 2016-2026 was adopted by Council in October 2016 following a review required from changes to the State Government’s Queensland Waste Avoidance and Productivity Strategy and changes to Council’s goals within the plan.

The revised plan provides the information for Council and the community to navigate a pathway to efficient and effective waste management that minimises environmental, economic and social impacts. The upgrading and rationalisation of existing waste transfer infrastructure is a major focus of the plan.

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