Upgrades begin at Mundubbera rubbish tip
WORK has started on a new weighbridge and gatehouse at Mundubbera's rubbish tip.
North Burnett Regional Council received a $404,388 grant from the Queensland Government's Local Government Levy Ready Grant Program to carry out the upgrade.
The program provides a subsidy of up to 70 per cent of eligible project costs and councils are expected to make a financial contribution to the project.
"The Mundubbera upgrade will include a new resource recovery (recycling) area for cardboard, engine oil, car batteries and e-waste,” a council media release stated.
"Unfortunately plastics have no financially viable market to enable recycling at this point in time, however council will continue to explore options for this resource.”
The introduction of the state's waste levy from July 1 this year means North Burnett Regional Council will have to account for the amount of waste goes into landfill.
To comply with legislative changes, the weighbridge will be the first in a number of upgrades in coming years.
"As council will be levied on the amount of waste buried, there is an incentive to recover resources and recycle where practicable,” the media release stated.
"Delivering waste directly to the tip face will become history, with the provision of bins or skips to deposit waste.
"This drop-off facility will enable a level of all-weather access and reduce risks associated from interacting with trucks and heavy machinery working at the landfill face.”
Mundubbera's rubbish tip will continue to operate as usual during the development.
"The project is estimated to be completed by the end of June 2019, with little impact to the community as most work will take place inside the existing waste management facility,” the statement read.
"In due course, other landfills throughout the region will be converted to transfer stations.”
The council has applied to the State Government for funding to develop the necessary infrastructure in future years.