Regional Waste Management Strategy

The regional waste management strategy 2013-2020 sets councils vision for the management of solid waste throughout our region.

The plan details the findings of an assessment undertaken on councils current waste management systems and presents the proposed strategies and actions to improve the way we manage waste in the future.

Prior to adoption by council, the strategy underwent a consultation period during which the strategy was available for public consultation prior to being adopted. This was advertised in local newspapers in Gympie and the Burnett, and was advertised on councils website.

Council is now working on implementing the strategy. This will be an ongoing process.

Regional Waste Management Strategy

Kerbside waste and recyclables collection service – extension of service areas

Council is progressively expanding its kerbside waste and recyclables collection service area to include new areas. Proposed new service areas will include parts of Gunalda, Curra, Anderleigh, Bells Bridge, Lower Wonga, Sexton, Widgee, Woolooga, Kilkivan, Goomeri, and Tansey.

What is the service?

Council will contact eligible residents offering a kerbside waste and recyclables collection service (wheelie bin service).  

Services will either be kerbside (at the property) or at a nearby location (bin cluster site) if the collection vehicle is not able to access the property (this can be due to road condition or lack of a turnaround area).

The service would consist of:

  • one (1) 240 L wheeled bin for household waste, serviced once per week; and 
  • one (1) 240 L wheeled bin for household recyclable items, serviced once per fortnight.

Bins will be delivered with an information kit containing a calendar showing service days and information about what can and can’t be placed into bins.

Bins would need to be placed out for servicing prior to 6:00 am on the service day, and removed from the roadside after servicing. Residents who may have difficulty wheeling bins back and forth from their house (due to distance, terrain, or disability) may be able to leave bins inside their property boundary, and simply wheel the bins out to the road on service days.  

Council will consider installing bin enclosures at bin cluster sites if residents are unable to transport their bins back and forth between their home and their specified bin cluster site. If the bins are damaged or stolen at any point, Council will repair or replace bins at no extra charge.

What is the cost?

The cost of a domestic waste and recyclables collection service is currently $303.42 per year (2016/2017 financial year). 

Residents not currently receiving a wheelie bin service pay a “waste management operational charge” in their rates notices (currently between $90 and $230 per year).  

If residents decide to opt-in and receive a wheelie bin service, the waste management operational charge would be removed from their rates notice, and replaced by the waste and recyclables collection charge.

The overall increase in (annual) cost will be the difference between these two charges.

What are the benefits?

Convenience

  • not having to put waste in your own vehicles and deliver it to a transfer station
  • not lifting waste into bins at transfer station
  • regular collection to prevent odour
  • covered and secure storage of waste in bins away from vermin/flies

Protect the environment

  • increased recycling opportunities
  • flow-on environmental benefits from recycling of materials (such as reduction in pollution from mining & manufacturing of raw materials)
  • reduced carbon footprint – less private vehicles transporting waste every week (e.g. 1 compactor vehicle can service 550 rural properties, or up to 1000 homes in urban areas, in one day alone)

Reduced costs to the community

  • reduction of waste to landfill – Operating landfills and transfer stations is more expensive per capita than providing a wheelie bin service.  Less waste to will go to transfer stations and landfills equating to ratepayer savings over time. 
  • conservation of landfill space equates to ratepayer savings over time
  • reduced number of landfills equates to environmental impact.

Changes to landfills and transfer stations

Council has progressively closed landfills at Kilkivan, Goomeri, Gunalda and Rainbow Beach, and established waste transfer stations at the sites. Council will close the landfill at Tin Can Bay and establish a waste transfer station on the site in January 2017.

Council ceased landfilling activities at the site for a number of reasons:

  • Airspace - the landfills have reached end of life and there was limited airspace left within the existing landfill footprint to continue landfill operations.  
  • Environmental impact - the landfills are rudimentary country landfills. The landfills were not designed to modern day standards and as such do not meet the minimal environmental standards required for landfills.  Similar landfills are gradually being closed nationwide due to environmental risks and the cost of operation.
  • Cost –small country landfills across the region would have required significant upgrades and investment in order to comply with modern day environmental requirements. A decision was made by council to close and remediate the outdated landfills, without reducing waste services provided to residents.

The landfills have been replaced by a 3m3 bulk bin waste transfer stations.

The following waste types are still accepted at the waste management facilities - household waste, bulky household items, green waste, scrap metal, household recyclables, commercial waste, and waste motor oil.

Household and commercial waste should be placed in the 3m3 waste bins at waste transfer stations. The bins will be emptied by Council on a regular basis. This waste will be disposed of at the Bonnick Road Waste Management Facility in Gympie (which is the only lined landfill in Gympie Region).

The benefit of waste transfer stations is that waste is enclosed in bins, preventing windblown litter, generation of landfill leachate and methane, and food sources for vermin and wild cats and dogs. In addition, this service is also financially prudent because it eliminates the ongoing cost of machinery required to landfill waste and reduces the ongoing cost of environmental controls. 

The 3m3 waste bins are designated for household-sized quantities of waste only. Please separate any household putrescible waste from other waste (i.e. greenwaste, scrap metal or bulky items) and place it into one of the 3m3 bins waste for disposal.

Please place clean green waste in the designated green waste stockpile. This will be mulched for beneficial reuse. 

Likewise, please separate scrap steel and bulky household items into the designated stockpiles, as these will be removed from the site and either recycled or landfilled at Bonnick Road Waste Management Facility.

Builder’s waste (construction & demolition waste) cannot be placed in bins at transfer stations.  You will need to be delivered builders type waste to Bonnick Road Waste Management Facility in Gympie.

Tips for using the 3m3 waste transfer bins

  • Wheelie bins and other large bins are not designed to be lifted by people.
  • To prevent injury, use a smaller bin or container to store/transport waste, or simply transport waste in plastic bin liners or plastic bags.
  • Using of bin liners or plastic bags to collect, store and transport waste negates the need to lift heavy bins to tip into 3 m3 waste transfer bins.
  • Council will be extending wheelie bin services around Gunalda, Kilkivan and Goomeri, and will contact eligible residents in the near future.  If you would like to inquire about whether their property can receive a wheelie bin service, please contact Council.