Resource Recovery Centre works evolve with new and improved design

Updated plans have recently been completed for Council’s new Resource Recovery Centre, which will transform the way residents use Yeppoon Landfill.
The $2.18 million project aims to innovate and promote the reduction, re-use and recycling of waste streams.
Mayor Andy Ireland said the project will also support and encourage the efficient removal and diversion of usable, repairable, recyclable and recoverable materials from entering the landfill.
“A new layout has been developed by the project team as pre-existing traffic queuing issues needed to be considered carefully to allow for the future growth of the site,” Mayor Ireland said.
“The Resource Recovery Centre has been established to create a streamlined approach to sorting recyclables from waste, helping households, businesses, and industry to reduce waste generation and seek more value from recovered resources.”
The Queensland Government provided $625,000 to help deliver the project through its Resource Recovery Industry Development Program, which provided funding for projects that divert waste from landfill, reduce stockpiling and create jobs.
Member for Keppel and Assistant Education Minister Brittany Lauga welcomed the funding as part of Queensland’s plan for economic recovery.
“The Palaszczuk Government is committed to delivering more jobs for Central Queensland, and programs like the Resource Recovery Industry Development Program are doing just that,” Ms Lauga said. 
“By investing in projects like this we’re delivering more jobs as well as sending less waste to landfill. 
“Queensland’s plan for economic recovery is well and truly underway, and Yeppoon is at the centre of it.”
Portfolio holder of Water, Waste Management and the Environment, Councillor Andrea Friend said the updated designs will see the weighbridge relocated further from the entrance of the landfill, which should reduce delays at the entrance to the site.
“From the initial site entry, public and commercial vehicles will be separated, with the public and Council vehicles to turn right, and commercial vehicles will continue to the weighbridge,” Cr Friend said.
“Public vehicles will then arrive at the check-in shed to identify what materials they are carrying, and will be directed to various parts of the landfill site. Staff will then advise where recyclables can be placed for recovery.
“The Resource Recovery Centre will receive all recyclables and the Regulated Waste storage shed can accept, gas bottles, batteries, and waste oil.
“Disposal of landfill will continue to the transfer bins at the same location, however by sorting your load we can all help reduce the environmental impact.”
The project would enable more than 2,700 tonnes per annum of waste to be diverted from landfill and create three new jobs as part of the state’s economic recovery. 
Council will keep the community informed with regular work progress updates as they become available.