Landfill expansion caters for the future
  • Wednesday 30 March 2011

Work is about to commence on a project designed to cater for future growth as part of the Sunshine Coast Council’s wider waste management plan for the region.

The tender for the Nambour landfill expansion was awarded this month and there will be increased activity on the site from April.

Excavation works are scheduled to begin mid-year and the $11 million project is due for completion in early 2013.

Environment portfolio councillor Keryn Jones said the existing facility would reach capacity by mid-2012 if normal operations continued and the expansion was essential to meet the community’s needs.

Cr Jones said council was committed to trialling, adopting and investigating sustainable alternatives to landfill but additional landfill capacity was still required.

"Council regards waste minimisation as central to achieving its goal for the Sunshine Coast to become Australia’s most sustainable region," she said.

"We are aiming to divert more than 70% of the region’s waste from landfill through waste avoidance, reuse, recycling and waste to energy programs.

"We have trials underway at the moment including mattress recycling and organic waste recycling and these programs have the potential to significantly reduce the use of landfill.

"We’re also rolling out education and information programs to help residents minimise their waste.

"It is clear that landfills have a significant environmental and social impact, so it’s in everyone’s interests to reduce the waste that goes to landfills to make existing ones last as long as possible."

Cr Jones said the Nambour landfill expansion would incorporate high environmental standards, including a landfill liner, leachate controls and gas capture and utilisation.

She said the contractor responsible for its construction was required to prepare detailed management plans to minimise the impact on those who live and work nearby, as well as users of the facility and the local environment.

Cr Jones said council was also committed to offsetting any vegetation loss on the site that resulted from the landfill expansion.

She said it was a priority to keep the existing Nambour facility operating for the duration of the project and council would make every effort to inform landfill users and other stakeholders of any potential disruptions on the site as work progresses.

For further information about the Nambour Landfill Expansion Project visit www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au