A new Community Resource Recovery Centre (CRRC) for sorting reusable, recyclable and recoverable materials has opened to the public at Yeppoon Landfill.
The $3 million project was jointly funded by Livingstone Shire Council and the Queensland Government, which committed $625,000 through its Resource Recovery Industry Development Program, with council providing the balance.
Mayor Andy Ireland welcomed the completion of construction by local contractor Paynters Pty Ltd.
“Council estimates that it will need to spend $30 million within the next 10 years to cap the existing landfill cells and build additional cells,” Mayor Ireland said.
“This multi-purpose facility will help divert close to 3000 tonnes of waste from Yeppoon Landfill each year, extending the lifetime of the current landfill cell by two years allowing council to defer spending $8-9 million in the short term.”
The provision of this new Community Resource Recovery Centre is a key part of council’s Management of Resource Recovery and Waste Strategy that aims to position the Livingstone community on a path towards a zero-waste future.
“We are very grateful for the Queensland Government’s contribution to this necessary project which provides residents with a modern and purpose-built facility,” the Mayor said.
Portfolio holder Water, Waste Management and the Environment, Councillor Andrea Friend said the project includes a repurposed check-in shed, relocated and additional commercial weighbridges, regulated waste storage, and a community resource recovery shed connecting to the existing transfer station road system.
“The new layout of the landfill will facilitate smoother operation of the site and improve traffic safety by reducing queueing and separating domestic and commercial visitors,” Cr Friend said.
“Upon entering the landfill, domestic customers will turn right to the check-in shed where the attendant will assess your load and accept payment.
“Painted lines on the road and signage will help you find your way to the right place to unload your recyclables and general waste with staff on hand to advise where items should be placed.
“The 480 square metre roofed Resource Recovery Centre is equipped with multiple sorting bins for different recyclables and twin access lanes should ensure rapid transfer for well sorted loads.”