Enough landfills despite closure
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.