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by | Sep 14, 2021 | Community, Political

Logan City Council unites with two other council’s on recycling and waste recovery project

Three South East Queensland councils are united in a bid to apply for funding to help  the business case for a new local recycling and waste recovery facility.  

Logan City Council, Ipswich City Council and Redland City Council have formed the  SEQ Sub-Regional Waste Alliance which represents more than 700,000 residents. 

They have now lodged a joint funding application for a regional Material Recovery  Facility (MRF) through the Queensland Recycling Modernisation Fund (QRMF),  which has up to $40 million to invest in recycling solutions across the state. 

The proposal is the only MRF project involving three councils in South East  Queensland. 

A site for the new facility is yet to be determined, but if funding is secured, it is hoped  it will be operational within three years. 

It would recycle waste from all three councils. 

Mayors from the three councils within the Alliance said the joint MRF project could stimulate investment, create jobs and help develop a sustainable local circular  economy. 

Ipswich Mayor Teresa Harding says a combined approach to recycling would help all  councils in the Alliance deliver on the Queensland Government’s waste diversion  targets. 

“We have a shared goal within this Alliance to build a Material Recovery Facility and  create a new, collaborative approach to recycling and waste management that will  bring numerous benefits to our communities.”

“We need the Queensland and Australian governments to support the Alliance in  delivering this important project for the SEQ region, the state and the nation.” 

City of Logan Mayor Darren Power says partnering with other councils makes sense  economically and environmentally. 

“I know our community wants a cleaner, greener environment and we are delighted  to be working with neighbouring councils to explore new and more efficient ways to  recycle.”

“This is a great opportunity for the other levels of government to support us through  the QRMF to achieve positive outcomes for all three communities.”  

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams says Council recognises the importance of waste  infrastructure in the improvement of waste management on Redlands Coast. 

“In planning for the future, we need to ensure economies of scale by collaborating  with others and planning for the right infrastructure and services at the right time”. 

“We now have the opportunity to work with other South East Queensland councils to  explore opportunities for shared resource recovery infrastructure and programs and I  look forward to positive waste management outcomes for our communities.” 

The SEQ Sub-Regional Waste Alliance was formed after a 2019 Expression of  Interest (EOI) campaign seeking partners to help find innovative and efficient  methods of waste disposal and resource recovery. 

The worldwide EOI campaign was in response to significant changes in waste  management in recent years. 

The changes include tough new restrictions on sending items collected from yellow lid bins to be recycled overseas. 

In June this year, the SEQ Sub-Regional Waste Alliance agreed to develop a  business case for a new MRF in the region and to seek funding support from other  levels of government. 

If sufficient funding is secured, the facility would be designed, constructed and  operated by an experienced contractor selected through a tender process. 

The QRMF is a co-contribution fund between the Australian and Queensland  Governments with each investing $20 million. Any funding granted must be matched dollar for dollar by the successful applicant. 

 

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