Installing first pipes
THE first stage of underground pipes for Maroochydore’s high-tech automated waste collection system are being installed, with representatives from system designer and manufacturer Envac visiting from South Korea to oversee the installation.
The waste system is the first of its kind for an Australian CBD, and will be installed in stages over the coming decade to make the 53-hectare Maroochydore City Centre one of the cleanest and greenest 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 the new city centre.
Acting Mayor Tim Dwyer said installation of the pipes was a milestone for the project and for the new Maroochydore CBD.
“It’s exciting to see an innovative, nation-first project like this taking shape on the Sunshine Coast,” Cr Dwyer said.
“This system will also benefit our environment and help make the Sunshine Coast Australia’s most sustainable region by increasing recycling rates, as has occurred in systems installed overseas.”
GOING IN: The first pipes are prepared for installation.