The engagement of a new green waste contractor by Burdekin Shire Council is changing the way locals dispose of rubbish throughout the shire.
Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said thanks to a new tub grinder machine, locals now had the ability to dispose of logs and stumps at four of Council’s transfer and waste stations. This service is currently not extended to the Clare facility.
“Previously, large logs over 300mm in diameter could only be accepted at our Kirknie Landfill Station for a small fee,” Cr McLaughlin.
“Council is happy to announce that Burdekin residents can now dispose of large logs and stumps at all of our major transfer stations and landfills for free.
“Council also welcomes residents to help themselves to the resulting mulch which will now be created.”
Burdekin Shire Council Director of Infrastructure, Planning and Environmental Services Nick Wellwood said a second machine is also able to break down large pieces of concrete and mattresses.
Mr Wellwood said he expected the move to have a positive impact on the amount of bulky waste entering landfill in the Burdekin.
“Previously, a single mattress could take up anywhere from 0.5m2 to 1m2 in landfill,” Mr Wellwood said.
“Now, these mattresses will be reduced to small pieces and any scrap metal will be separated and recycled.
“Additionally, the machinery will break down stockpiled concrete into smaller 20mm pieces and remove any steel reinforcement.
“This concrete can then be reused by Council in carrying out road works or used as engineering fill.
“This means we’re spending less money on purchasing materials as well as reducing the amount of waste entering landfill.”
Residents can dispose of mattresses at any of the transfer stations for a nominal fee of $5.
The changes to waste disposal methods have been implemented ahead of the introduction of a Queensland-wide waste levy next year.
Under the proposed Waste Levy legislation, which is expected to commence on 4 March 2019, commercial waste would incur a levy of $70 per tonne.
The levy should not have any direct impact on households.
For more information about waste disposal throughout the Burdekin Shire, visit Council’s website www.burdekin.qld.gov.au