Landfill rehabilitation

Council has commenced a program of rehabilitation of rural landfills.

Landfills are carefully designed structures built into or on top of the ground to bury waste so that it is kept dry and will not be in contact with air.

Under these conditions, waste does not break down rapidly, and over time landfills reach capacity and eventually they need to close and be rehabilitated.

Landfills require careful management and rehabilitation to minimise their impacts on the surrounding environment. 

The operational and closure costs of landfilling has risen due to increased environmental awareness and stringent environmental regulations.

With over 10 historical Council landfills across the region, the environmental obligations, risk and expense to Council is significant. 
 

Did you know...

Landfills need environmental monitoring of groundwater, storm water, landfill gas, stability and perform maintenance, for up to 30 years after the landfill closes.

Monitoring of landfills costs Council around $130,000 per year. 

 

What we have achieved

  • 2017 - Rehabilitation of the landfill at Kilkivan Waste Management Facility
  • 2017 - Establishment of a waste transfer station, and closure of the landfill at Tin Can Bay Waste Management Facility
  • 2016 - Establishment of a waste transfer station, and closure and rehabilitation of the landfill at Rainbow Beach Waste Management Facility
  • 2015 - Establishment of a waste transfer station, and closure of the landfill at Gunalda Waste Management Facility
  • 2015 - Establishment of a waste transfer station, and closure of landfill at Kilkivan Waste Management Facility
  • 2015 - Establishment of a waste transfer station, and closure and rehabilitation of the landfill at Goomeri Waste Management Facility 
  • 2014 - Development of environmentally engineered lined landfill cell at Bonnick Road Waste Management Facility in Gympie. This one landfill currently receives waste from all the region's transfer stations replacing 8 rural landfills

Future works

  • Rehabilitation of the landfill at Southside Waste Management Facility
  • Rehabilitation of the landfill at Tin Can Bay Waste Management Facility
  • Rehabilitation of the landfill at Gunalda Waste Management Facility
  • Establishment of a new waste transfer station in Gympie
  • Closure and rehabilitation of the Bonnick Road Waste Management Facility, Gympie including management of landfill gas (carbon emissions)

Council's $12 million landfill rehabilitation program is funded by a waste facility establishment levy collected by the former Cooloola Shire Council and Gympie Regional Council between 2002 and 2015.