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New solar-powered weighbridge now operational

The new weighbridge at the Kirknie Road landfill.

The Burdekin Shire Council’s new solar-powered, state-of-the-art weighbridge at the Kirknie Road landfill is now operational.

Burdekin Shire Council Chief Executive Officer Ken Holt said the 60-tonne weighbridge was partially funded by the State Government and was a requirement of the previous State Government.

“From July 1, all waste disposed to the Kirknie Road landfill enters the site via the newly installed weighbridge,” he said.

“It is powered by sustainable solar power and has a state-of-the-art computer system that allows access to vehicles that regularly use the landfill automated access without the need to have an operator present.

“The system is a first for Queensland in that it prevents the need for additional operators at the landfill, but includes a system so the operator can be called for assistance if required during operational hours.

“The system also collects photographs of all vehicles entering the site, matching these with weighbridge operations.”

Mr Holt said waste disposal fees were set at a recent council meeting and fees for commercial waste had lowered due to the removal of the waste levy from July 1.

“Fees will no longer have to be based on the size of trucks as had been the requirement of the previous State Government,” he said.

“Council also passed reduced fees for recyclable materials to encourage separation of materials and reduction of waste to the constructed waste cells.

“There are also a large number of items that are still free to dump at our transfer stations and the Kirknie Road landfill, such as car bodies, batteries, cardboard, metals and green waste.

 “The new weighbridge will allow accurate records to be obtained on what wastes are taken into the landfill allowing improved planning for the future on waste needs for the Burdekin.”

Mr Holt said all Queensland councils would be required to have long-term waste management plans in place by the end of the year.

Full details of the new waste disposal fees and what can be dumped at which facility, can be found at the Council’s website www.burdekin.qld.gov.au or by contacting Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800.

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