A LARGE multi-purpose Resource Recovery Centre will increase recycling rates and reduce waste going to landfill at the Killaloe Transfer Station.
Contractors finished the final works to mark the end of construction for the $1.8 million Resource Recovery Centre at Killaloe.
The new facility will be used for domestic and commercial waste disposal whilst housing an undercover area for the transfer station operations team to sort and salvage.
This project is proudly funded by the Works for Queensland program in association with the Douglas Shire Council, which will result in much less rubbish going to landfill.
Member for Cook Cynthia Lui welcomed the completion of construction.
“This is great news for Douglas Shire and the surrounding communities,” Ms Lui said.
“The new facility has already created 20 local jobs through the construction phase alone, now we’re going to see more jobs created in the recycling industry right here in Douglas.
“Queensland’s plan for economic recovery is delivering for communities across Cook, and Douglas Shire is benefiting with more jobs and more opportunities.”
Douglas Shire Mayor Michael Kerr said the new centre was part of Council’s long-term strategy for waste management.
“When the landfill at Killaloe reaches capacity later this year, this facility has us well placed to handle waste coming in,” he said.
“The Resource Recovery Centre also brings significant environmental benefits by reducing dust, noise and stormwater pollution that can occur when handling waste outside of a shed.”
“We are so grateful for the State Government’s Works for Queensland program which continues to allow councils like ours to complete these necessary projects.
More than 160 tonnes of recycling material is self-hauled to the Killaloe Transfer Station every year.
Co-mingled recycling is sent to the Material Recovery Facility at Portsmith in Cairns where it is sorted and bailed for market.
The new Resource Recovery Centre will also provide an undercover space for disposed mattresses which will be recycled.
Council’s transfer stations receive about 20 mattresses per week from the community and local businesses.