Raising the bar for recycling
  • Wednesday 14 November 2012

One of Sunshine Coast Council’s corporate plan objectives is to develop a waste management and recycling strategy targeted to the goal of maximum diversion from landfill.

Achievement of that objective is now enhanced via the revamped Buderim Resource and Recovery Centre.

Mayor Mark Jamieson officially opened the the new look facility today and said the $2million upgrade would enable it to operate more efficiently and maximise opportunities for re-use and recycling of waste.

"The provision of this new Buderim Resource Recovery Centre is a key part of council's Waste Minimisation Strategy that aims to reduce the volume of waste buried at the region's landfills," he said.

"Council based the layout of the upgraded Buderim Resource Recovery Centre on the very successful resource recovery facility at Caloundra that has received high recognition within the waste management industry."

Division 6 Councillor Christian Dickson said new look facility included construction of a primary sort building to enable customers to reduce their waste by removing recyclable materials.

"This 600 square metre roofed area is equipped with five bin bays and a capacity to manage 50 vehicles per hour," he said.

"A unique feature of this facility is the 10kw solar tracking stations that supply all the electrical needs for the resource recovery centre.

"The installation of a new dual weighbridge will also facilitate smoother operation of the site."

The upgraded centre will provide customers with ways of reducing their waste disposal costs at the same time as increasing their recycling efforts, including:

  • mulching of garden waste
  • separation of timber for chipping
  • separation of second hand products for re-use at the recycle markets
  • mattress recycling
  • oil recycling
  • clothing recycling
  • separation and crushing of clean concrete
  • separation of metal products

Funds generated from operating the Buderim Resource Recovery Centre are reinvested to provide support for people with disability on the Sunshine Coast. This is achieved via a profit share arrangement between council and the Endeavour Foundation – an organisation that provides employment support for people with a disability.