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Benefits already flowing from Broadwater waste facility upgrade

Residents and users of the Broadwater Waste Transfer Station have experienced the benefits of the upgraded facility since the new site commenced operation late last month.

The upgrade of the Broadwater facility was 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 upgrade is already demonstrating several benefits.

“Residents now have access to a clean and tidy site, with reduced levels of litter and illegal dumping. The facility also now offers residents a bulky bin to dispose of large items such as mattresses and furniture, as well as a scrap metal stockpile area to allow this material to be recycled.

“It has been fantastic to see residents increasing their recycling levels of glass, plastic, cardboard and aluminium cans. So much so, that Council has already had to order additional recycling bins to handle the increased capacity after only a fortnight of being operational.

“The increased recycling leads to less waste being disposed of to landfill, which means a significant financial saving to Council and ratepayers and a significant benefit to our environment in the long run,” he said.

Residents are reminded that changes have occurred to the hours of operation. The Broadwater waste transfer station is now open from 8am to 5pm, Friday to Monday, and is closed on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Should residents need to dispose of waste outside of these times, they can do so at the Stanthorpe Waste Management Facility, which is open 7 days a week, from 7am to 6pm (1 September- 30 April) and 7am to 5pm (1 May-31 August).

For further information about the Broadwater Waste Transfer Station upgrade, contact Council on 1300 MY SDRC (1300 697 372) and for more information about waste management and recycling, visit Council’s website http://www.sdrc.qld.gov.au/living-here/waste-recycling.

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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