Waste is on agenda
SOMERSET Regional Council has joined four other Southeast Queensland councils in seeking regulatory approval to explore options for future waste management services.
The four councils, which includes Lockyer Valley Regional Council, have applied to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission for authorisation to invite expressions of interest in the provision of future waste disposal and/or resource recovery services.
Proposals would be invited for a regional solution or solutions that would suit one or more council areas. The proposals could range from small-scale to large-scale integrated regional solutions and could be focused on one or more available waste streams.
Mayor Graeme Lehmann said it was in the Somerset’s interests to investigate a regional approach to waste management.
“SRC recognises that some existing methods of waste management, such as landfill, may not be sustainable,” he said.
“By exploring a combined regional waste management solution, council ... may be in a position to consider new waste and recycling solutions.”
It is expected the EOI will be advertised by late March.