Waste Story is wrong
  • Tuesday 19 July 2011

A story in the Sunday Mail which suggested the Noosa-Eumundi Tip is set to become the answer to all the Sunshine Coast’s waste challenges is wrong.

Manager Waste and Resources Management Wayne Schafer said the Noosa/ Eumundi Tip is part of our plan to manage waste – it’s not THE plan.

"The information in the article is incorrect, and doing what it has suggested is not on Council’s agenda," Mr Schafer said.

"Caloundra, Nambour and Noosa are all being expanded – but our end goal is to reduce the amount of rubbish ending up in the ground.

"Our waste minimisation strategy is working - recycling has increased by 9% - which means less stress on our landfills."

Background (the same information which was provided to the Sunday Mail)

Councils "Waste minimisation Strategy" proposes advanced waste treatment for the SAC waste stream to maximize diversion of waste and minimize waste to landfill. This is to reduce pressure on landfills. Council has an aspirational goal of zero waste to landfill. As part of councils strategy Council plans to develop a Sustainability Park at Bells Creek Caloundra to maximize its waste diversion capacity. This area is proposed to be used for waste processing and treatment systems.

In the interim period, SAC is currently providing disposal capacity for residual waste by expanding the 3 major landfills in the region - Pierce Avenue at Caloundra, Nambour landfill at Bli Bli and Noosa Landfill at Eumundi Rd.

Nambour landfill is being expanded to provide over 1 million cubic metres of additional capacity. Operational activities (drilling and blasting) has constrained site usage and some waste is currently being diverted to Eumundi Rd landfill.

The available waste recycling and waste processing area at Eumundi Rd landfill is limited. To provide for waste diversion and recycling, clearing of vegetation in the southern portion of Eumundi Rd landfill has recently been undertaken for organic waste processing. This organic waste processing area was approved in 2008. Organic waste collection trials to 500 premises (Cooroy and Peregian Springs) were commenced in 2010.

Council has funded the investigation into a new landfill site for the central region in the 2011/12 budget. This will provide for the longer term when the expanded Nambour landfill is