Resource Recovery Centre tender awarded


The construction of a Resource Recovery Centre at the Yeppoon Landfill has reached a major milestone, with the tender for the project awarded to Paynters Pty Ltd.

The $3 million project is jointly funded by Livingstone Shire Council and the Queensland Government, which has committed $625,000 through its Resource Recovery Industry Development Program.

The facility will divert waste from landfill by increasing the level of sorting and capturing of reusable, recyclable, or recoverable materials.

The project includes; a covered check-in, regulated waste storage, and a resource recovery shed connecting to the existing landfill road system.

Councillor Andrea Friend, Portfolio holder of Water, Waste Management and the Environment, said the tender announcement pushes the project closer to a reality.

“Landfill volumes at the current rate will fill the existing cell by October 2025 therefore investment in a new cell is crucial,” Cr Friend said.

“The Resource Recovery Centre will help expand the lifetime of the current cell due to the diversion of waste.

“This work will provide approximately four extra years of continued service from the existing landfill cell infrastructure, and save Council potentially $8-9 million in the short term.

“The new layout of the landfill will also improve traffic safety, as customers will no longer be forced to queue during busy periods on Rockhampton-Yeppoon Road into the facility.”

Member for Keppel and Assistant Education Minister Brittany Lauga said she was pleased the tender has been awarded.

“Congratulations to Mayor Andy Ireland and the Livingstone Shire Council for preparing, well ahead, for the continued increase in waste disposal,” Ms Lauga said.

“Yeppoon’s landfill has modernised and evolved over the years and the burgeoning growth in our population now means we must prepare for a greater demand.

“The Palaszczuk Government is at the forefront of helping communities dispose of their waste and facilitate improving environmental outcomes.

“Yeppoon residents can rest assured their needs are being catered for.”

The Resource Recovery Centre is scheduled for completion in September 2022.

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