Group tasked with finding a new waste solution
  • Tuesday 24 January 2012

Sunshine Coast Council could make a decision on the best Alternative Waste Treatment system for the region by the middle of the year.

The Performance and Service Committee today recommended establishing an Alternative Waste Treatment Working Group which will bring a recommended model to council by July 2012.

This will ensure council is on target to meet the State Government’s requirement of a 65% diversion from landfill for household waste by 2020.

Environment Portfolio Councillor Keryn Jones said the group will review the potential models for alternative waste treatment and provide council with a short list of options for the type of technology, and the number of bins.

"This is about getting the best outcome for the environment and ratepayers as we strive to make the Sunshine Coast the most sustainable region in Australia," Cr Jones said.

"This is a very complex issue and a lot of work has already been done over the past three years to assess the social impacts, environmental benefits, economic development opportunities and the indicative cost to ratepayers.

"Based on the information we’ve gathered, the working group will prepare a business case and implementation plan which compares the different options, and will go to council by July.

"That will include a whole of life financial evaluation and triple bottom line assessment to assist council to make its decision."

Household kerbside waste accounts for about half of all the waste in the region's landfills, and provides council with the single greatest opportunity to achieve waste diversion.

The options to be considered include:

  • The consideration of two or three-bin options; and
  • Technologies for composting and energy production.

Any facility would be expected to be established at Sustainability Park which adjoins Corbould Industrial Park.

Council's existing collection contracts end in June 2014 and a new request for tender will need to be issued by November 2012.