Six councils in the greater Wide Bay area in Queensland have released a new regional waste and resource recovery management plan to improve sustainable recycling and waste management services for the region.
The participating councils are Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council as well as the Bundaberg, Gympie, Fraser Coast, North Burnett and South Burnett councils.
The landmark blueprint sets the actions to be undertaken at a regional scale, as well as by the individual councils, to improve how the more than 460,000 tonnes of waste generated in the region each year is managed.
The plan includes the investment needed in both resource recovery infrastructure and non-infrastructure solutions, including greater education and promotion of behaviour change activities, for the Wide Bay.
Queensland Environment Minister Leanne Linard said the government’s $300,000 investment to help deliver the Wide Bay region’s Waste and Resource Recovery Management Plan demonstrates a commitment to helping regional councils modernise their waste management facilities and practices.
“Resource recovery is essential in our drive for environmental sustainability, embodying the principles of a circular economy by reusing, recycling, and re-purposing materials and energy sources, thereby reducing waste generation and conserving valuable resources,” Linard said.
“This not only reduces the strain on our finite resources but also minimises the sometimes-harmful environmental impacts associated with waste disposal.”
Under the plan, councils have committed to undertaking education efforts focusing on reducing the contamination of yellow-lid bins with food waste as well as other programs to promote the benefits to the community of getting recycling right.
The plan also identifies opportunities to divert some of this material from landfill into organic processing though commercial scale composting, home composting or community facilities such as community composting hubs.
“Councils working together in the best interest of the Wide Bay Burnett region, brings the best outcomes for our region,” said Adrian Tantari, Member for Hervey Bay.
“Creating jobs, building economic growth, fostering innovation, and reducing the costs of raw material acquisition through resource recovery, builds on the foundations of growth that have seen Hervey Bay develop into the fastest growing city in the Wide Bay region.”
Jack Dempsey, Bundaberg Regional Council Mayor, said the Regional Waste and Resource Recovery Management plan aligns with the council’s commitment to creating a sustainable future for the community.
“Council recognises that resource recovery is not just an environmental imperative but is also a key driver of economic growth,” Dempsey said. “By embracing innovation and creating jobs, council aims to demonstrate that sustainable practices benefit both the environment and our local community.”
Fraser Coast Regional Council is committed to reducing the amount of waste going to landfill and is investing in a new Materials Recovery Facility to support improved resource recovery and recycling.
The new regional plan will mean better co-ordination of investment and education to deliver the most cost-effective waste management solutions for our communities.
For more information, visit: www.statements.qld.gov.au