Pipes arrive in Maroochydore for Australian-first automated waste collection system
  • Tuesday 21 February 2017
Envac representatives from Korea inspect pipes for the underground waste system

The first shipment of pipes for Australia’s first, high-tech, automated waste collection system for a CBD has arrived in Maroochydore, ahead of construction on the first stage starting later this year.

The waste system will be installed in stages over the coming decade and will make the 53-hectare Maroochydore City Centre one of the cleanest and greenest cities in the country.

Rather than using wheelie bins, waste will be transported from commercial buildings and apartments at up to 70kmh through a 6.5km system of underground vacuum pipes located beneath Australia’s newest city centre.

Project teams from Sunshine Coast Council and SunCentral Maroochydore joined representatives from system designer and manufacturer Envac, who flew from South Korea, yesterday to inspect the pipes and other materials.

Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson said he was pleased to see preparations for the first stage of construction progressing.

“This is an exciting point of the project, as we get ready to install the first pipes in a few months,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“I’m very proud our Sunshine Coast is leading the charge in Australia with this innovative waste collection solution and I’m sure other cities and major urban projects will soon be following in our footsteps.

“The rubbish revolution means that city workers and residents will never have to walk past rows of wheelie bins or be woken early by noisy garbage trucks in the Maroochydore City Centre.

“Common aspects of waste collection such as odours and vermin will be avoided, and the costs of daily street cleaning will be reduced.

“New urban developments in Stockholm, Seoul, Barcelona, London, Singapore and Beijing have all utilised the Swedish-designed Envac waste collection system – but no Australian city has done so - until now.

“As well as making our city heart more attractive, this technology has a track record of increasing recycling rates, so our natural environment will benefit too.”

SunCentral Maroochydore CEO John Knaggs said public areas would be serviced with their own waste inlets, enabling the new city streets to be effectively serviced by the new technology and avoiding overflowing bins.

“Automated underground waste collection is just one of the ways in which the new Maroochydore CBD will be one of the smartest cities in Australia,” Mr Knaggs said.

“Envac’s technology can be installed because we are building on an undeveloped, greenfield site within an existing urban area – and that has many other benefits.

“For instance, we are also building a high-speed fibre optic network into the city’s very foundations, which will enable us to provide ‘smart’ signage, free Wi-Fi hotspots, real-time transport information, movement sensors and smart lighting.”