Enough land­fills de­spite clo­sure

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - BETTINA WAR­BUR­TON

THE Jensen land­fill was close to ca­pac­ity but would be kept open as long as pos­si­ble for the con­ve­nience of lo­cal res­i­dents, Wa­ter and Waste Com­mit­tee chair­man Cr Paul Ja­cob said yes­ter­day.

He said the land­fill would op­er­ate un­til there was no fur­ther space, which would likely be close to June next year.

“Res­i­dents will still be able to take waste to the Her­vey Range, Blue­wa­ter and Toomulla trans­fer sta­tions, and of course the city’s pri­mary fa­cil­ity at Stu­art,” Cr Ja­cob said.

“Even with the clo­sure of Jensen, 90 per cent of res­i­dents in the Townsville lo­cal gov­ern­ment area will be able to ac­cess a waste dis­posal fa­cil­ity within a 20- minute drive.

“Ul­ti­mately, the plan is to con­tinue to pro­vide res­i­dents with con­ve­nient ac­cess to lo­cal trans­fer sta­tions and con­sol­i­date the city’s waste dis­posal through the Stu­art land­fill.”

Cr Ja­cob said the coun­cil was un­der­tak­ing ma­jor up­grades of trans­fer sta­tions at the Her­vey Range and Stu­art land­fill sites to pro­vide res­i­dents with im­proved re­cy­cling and waste dis­posal op­tions into the fu­ture at both lo­ca­tions.

The Her­vey Range land­fill is ex­pected to reach its long forecast ca­pac­ity mid- next year, but will con­tinue to be a ma­jor waste dis­posal point with a $ 1 mil­lion up­grade of the trans­fer sta­tion ser­vice.

Com­mer­cial loads over 4 ½ tonnes are now be­ing di­verted to the larger Stu­art tip to max­imise space in the land­fill.

“The coun­cil has flagged the clo­sure of the Her­vey Range land­fill for a num­ber of years now, and while the dump face it­self will close to waste, the trans­fer sta­tion will con­tinue to play an im­por­tant part in the city’s waste man­age­ment net­work,” Cr Ja­cob said.

The $ 2.4 mil­lion up­grade of the Stu­art fa­cil­i­ties will in­clude con­struc­tion of a 12- bay sta­tion for re­cy­cling and waste drop- off.

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