The Queensland Government has awarded a $1.3 million grant to Envorinex to build a new plastic recycling facility in Toowoomba.
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.
Toowoomba Regional Council is looking for expressions of interest to develop the landfill gas resource at its major landfill.
The council has completed a business case which has identified the significant resource available at the Toowoomba regional landfill.
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Landfill gas could help supply the council with a sustainable source of gas and electricity. The landfill is also next to major energy users including the Wetalla Water Reclamation Facility, the APA gas pipeline and the Baillie Henderson Hospital.
Two key options the business case identified were to use the resource to produce electricity for the Wetalla treatment plant, other council facilities or export into the electricity grid, or produce compressed natural gas for use in council vehicles, facilities or into the local gas grid.
The Toowoomba Regional Council has a three-step plan to enter into an arrangement, with the first accepting expressions of interest, followed by early respondent involvement and formal commercial tender.
Companies that are able to utilise more than one landfill gas constituent will be considered more favourably than others that only seeks to utilise one.
Applications for expressions of interest close on 24 April.