Regional approach to waste management
A REGIONAL waste strategy is being devised to incorporate the councils of Bundaberg, Fraser Coast, Gympie, North and South Burnett and Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council.
These Councils also form the Wide Bay Burnett Regional Organisation of Councils (WBBROC) of which Mayor Mal Forman is Chair.
Waste disposal into the future is likely to be handled on a broader regional basis as populations expand and opportunities to share facilities present themselves.
Bundaberg Regional Council reviewed the Waste Management and Resource Recovery Strategy proposal put forward by WBBROC at Council's recent ordinary meeting.
Council's waste and recycling spokesman Vince Habermann said the review of waste services currently provided by the WBBROC group highlighted potential opportunities where savings across the group could be made in the procurement of services, community education programs, construction of landfills and a focus on shared landfill sites.
Cr Habermann said the review of services offered across the group would identify those facilities that may not currently, or in the future, meet the required level of environmental and safety standards.
"This regional approach will develop strategies over the next five years that will allow the combined Councils to work within a framework that provided cost effective solutions and an opportunity to deliver waste management in an environmentally sustainable manner."
Cr Habermann said expansions in recovery of materials as a cost saving benefit would ensure that the wider community had a vital role to play in waste management practices into the future.
"Data gathered as part of formulating a region wide strategy indicates that currently the combined WBBROC group total waste is expected to grow from 198,560 tonnes in 2016 to 206,581 tonnes in 2020.
"It will become increasingly important to reiterate the recycling message and to ensure our community partners with the councils in achieving desired outcomes and to ensure the longevity of current waste facility sites."
Council unanimously adopted the Wide Bay Burnett Regional Organisation of Council's Waste Strategy.