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A LARGE tipping trailer which can carry 21 tonnes of material will be used under a new waste management arrangement to be finalised with Springmount Management Facility at Mareeba.

Douglas Shire Council awarded a two (2) year – contract for landfill waste cartage and disposal to FGF Developments No.1 Pty Ltd & Remondis Australia Pty Ltd to move about 40 to 80 tonnes of dry-mixed landfill waste per week.

The contract value is up to $900,000.00, which includes the State Government Landfill Levy of $85/tonne.

Killaloe Landfill is reaching capacity after operating for the past 32 years and no plans are in place to open a new landfill in Douglas Shire. Once Killaloe Landfill closes to new waste this December, the site will move to a transfer station only facility.

Council’s kerbside collection and food waste has been sent to Cairn Resource and Recovery Facility for composting for the last 20 years.

The new Killaloe Resource Recovery Centre, which is set to start operating later this year, will help increase recycling rates and reduce the need to send material to landfill.

Springmount Management Facility was utilised in 2019 and 2020 when the Killaloe landfill temporarily closed over the wet season to better control leachate levels.

The waste management changes will have no immediate impact on kerbside general waste operations.

Read the full Council report here.


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