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Nambour waste precinct project

The Nambour waste facility is being upgraded with construction and improvements to be completed in the next 3 years.

Guided by the Sunshine Coast Resource Recovery Strategy, we are working towards our goal to be a zero net emissions organisation 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.

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 3 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.

The new MRF is now open and operational. The project involved construction of a new building, fitted out with latest technology sorting equipment. The new MRF is 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.

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

The intersection at Bli Bli and Cooney Road is being upgraded to improve traffic flow and safety. The work includes upgrading and widening the existing intersection, and installing new traffic signals, designated right turn lanes, road islands, and drainage infrastructure.

Construction work is now underway and is expected to take six months, weather and site conditions permitting.

Traffic management will be in place throughout the works. It is anticipated speed limits will be reduced and night works will occur. The construction team will make every effort to minimise impacts to road users. 

Thank you for your patience during this intersection and road 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.