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Nambour Waste Precinct Project
  • Last updated:
  • 22 Apr 2022

Guided by the Sunshine Coast Waste Strategy, we are working towards a target of zero waste to landfill by 2041. Aiming for a cleaner, greener future and a sustainable Sunshine Coast.

One of the ways we are doing this is to move towards a circular economy approach to waste management. This is where products and materials keep circulating in the economy for as long as possible.

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Project scope

The Nambour Waste Precinct is being upgraded to sustainably manage our region’s future waste and move towards a circular economy.

More than $83 million of work will be completed in the next three years. Included are:

  • a new state-of-the-art Materials Recovery Facility, also know as a MRF (sounds like murf)
  • a new Resource Recovery Centre and landfill improvements.

A signalised traffic intersection will be installed at Cooney Road and Nambour–Bli Bli Road for the safety of all road users.

Construction work on the precinct has begun. Redirections may be in place and we thank you in advance for your patience. Please follow onsite signage and traffic control for your safety and the safety of our construction team.

Materials Recovery Facility (MRF)

At the MRF mixed recycling from yellow-lid bins are taken to be sorted and separated into recyclable fractions:

  • paper and cardboard
  • differing grades of plastic, glass, steel and aluminium.

These materials are then ready for manufacturers to make new products.

As the existing MRF has reached the end of its useful life – this project involves the construction of a new building that will then be fitted out with latest technology sorting equipment. The new MRF will be a state-of-the-art-facility with better optical sorting capacity and more capabilities. This means more types of product can be recycled and the quality of the recycled material will improve. 

Work on the MRF design has begun and construction is due to begin in early 2022.

Resource recovery centre

At the Resource Recovery Centre (RRC) visitors will be able to separate their recyclable household items and materials to reduce waste going to landfill.

Items to go to the RRC include material that can’t go in your yellow-lid kerbside recycling bin:

  • mobile phones
  • paint
  • batteries
  • white goods.

The RRC at Nambour will be upgraded and expanded for a more streamlined and better experience for our community.

Construction on the new RRC will begin June 2022 with expected completion by mid-2024. To ensure minimal impact to customers, a temporary RRC will be available.

Once construction of the new RRC begins, wait times may increase. Signage will be in place to advise of any impacts. As an alternative, please use Buderim or Caloundra Resource Recovery Centres.

Cooney Road and Nambour–Bli Bli Road intersection upgrade

Signals will be constructed at the intersection of Cooney Road and Nambour–Bli Bli Road. This upgrade is a condition set by the Queensland Government as part of its development approval for the precinct upgrade.

The construction timeline is still to be determined for the intersection upgrade.

Where to from here

Future plans for the Nambour precinct also include options for a:

  • Second-hand Market or Tip Shop to contribute to the reuse economy
  • Landfill Gas to Energy plant. The plant would generate power and prevent greenhouse gas emissions being released into the atmosphere.

Council is committed to keeping residents and businesses informed about ongoing works.

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Background

The precinct was approved in 2018.  A program of works is now underway to transform the Nambour Waste Precinct into a regional facility with the ability to sustainably recycle and process our region’s future waste.

Community engagement

Council undertook community consultation as part of the development application process in 2017.

Contacts

For more information please contact council and direct to the Project Officer.