Toowoomba Regional Council’s (TRC) newest Waste Management Facility is moving closer to opening with the capping of the existing Kleinton landfill completed.

Residents will be redirected through a new temporary facility entrance from Thursday, 22 October, 2020.

Operational throughout construction, the Kleinton Waste Management Facility is quickly transforming into the Region’s first Tier 2 facility and is anticipated to be opened for operations by the end of 2020.

TRC Water and Waste Committee portfolio leader Cr Nancy Sommerfield said Council was looking forward to the facility opening as it would provide great environmental benefits, including increased opportunities for recycling.

“The new Kleinton facility is a modern waste facility, providing a nicer experience plus greater opportunities for improved waste management, all the while maintaining our high service level where 98% of the Region’s population lives within a 20-minute drive of a waste management facility,” Cr Sommerfield said.

“Designed on a smaller scale of the Greater Toowoomba Waste Management Facility, residents will segregate their waste throughout the site at three different zones – bulk materials (concrete, timber, steel and greenwaste), resources recovery area and residual waste.

“The new facility will be the fifth project delivered under the Waste Infrastructure Plan and Council is looking forward to assisting the community navigate their way around it.

“Construction has steamed ahead during this challenging year and we’re delighted that we’ve reached this project milestone where years of landfill has been successfully capped and rehabilitated,” Cr Sommerfield said.

“Rehabilitation involves capping of the old landfill area with 1.5m of material, including a geosynthetic clay liner, clay fill and cover soil. The capping provides a permanent barrier protecting the groundwater below the site.

“Before the capping work, 20,000m³ of waste was relocated from the area around the new tip shop and weighbridge to the bulky materials area. This ensured new structures were not built on buried waste.

“The new temporary entrance will be used while the final alignment is constructed. We ask that residents obey all signage.”

Council thanks the community for their patience during construction.

For more information about the Kleinton Waste Management Facility upgrade project, visit http://www.tr.qld.gov.au/our-region/major-projects/water-waste/13789-kleinton-waste-station or call Council on 131 872 and quote ‘Kleinton Waste Management Facility’.