Queensland’s Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) has adopted a new waste strategy to guide waste operations and future strategies to reduce waste and preserve resources over the next three years.
Toowoomba Regional Council has approved the development application to construct a new waste transfer facility in Kleinton, to cater for growth in the Queensland region.
Waste Committee Chair Nancy Sommerfield said the transfer station will be built over the existing landfill site, which has reached capacity, and an adjacent parcel of land already owned by council.
“This state-of-the-art facility will be the fifth project delivered under the Waste Services Infrastructure Plan,” Ms Sommerfield said.
“The Kleinton waste transfer station will deliver environmental benefits to the area, and much greater opportunities for recycling.”
The Toowoomba Waste Services Infrastructure Plan details how service levels can be achieved to support resource recovery over landfill within the context of a growing population.
“As a region, our communities have embraced the need to reduce the amount of waste going into landfill, and this new facility will build on our region’s culture to reduce, reuse and recycle,” Ms Sommerfield said.
“The new facility will be a cleaner and tidier waste solution, with the waste stored on pavement and transported to landfill locations offsite.”
The existing landfill site will be rehabilitated as part of the project.
“These rehabilitation works include capping of the old landfill, and are a requirement under the existing Environment Authority and not part of the development application,” Ms Sommerfield said.
The new transfer station is expected to be complete by 2021.