Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) is encouraging residents to offer their views on the concept design of an upgraded waste management facility at Greenmount.

Community feedback on the new design is open to 5pm on Monday, July 25, 2022 via Council’s Your Say page.

TRC Water and Waste Committee portfolio leader Cr Nancy Sommerfield said upgraded waste transfer facilities offered a cleaner, neater and tidier waste solution.

“The Greenmount upgrade will see the construction of our Region’s second Tier Two waste management facility,” Cr Sommerfield said.

“The new facility will be built on the site of the existing landfill and designed as a smaller version of the Region’s state-of-the-art flagship, the Greater Toowoomba Waste Management Facility.

“Transfer facilities reduce the need for regional landfills, ensuring better environmental outcomes for the community.

“The new design allows waste to be stored on hardstand pavement, and transported offsite, helping us to recover and reuse more of our waste products.

“Council is working to transition in line with the State Government targets for 90% of our waste being reused and diverted from landfill by 2050.

“We would like to hear our community’s comments and feedback about the new facility.

“Make haste and don’t waste the opportunity to have your say on the new Greenmount Waste Management Facility.”

Cr Sommerfield said Council was planning for the long-term management of waste through its Waste Infrastructure Plan.

“Council has 23 waste management facilities across the Region, which is the highest number of any local government in Queensland. Many of these facilities are in smaller, populated regional communities,” Cr Sommerfield said.

“Some of our older regional landfills are reaching capacity and are not able to be upgraded due to the sites being unsuitable for future development.

“As a result, Council will replace some sites with new, modern waste transfer facilities that are convenient for each community.

“Council has opened new waste management facilities in recent years. This includes the award-winning Greater Toowoomba Waste Management Facility (WMF) at O’Mara Road, Wellcamp, the Kleinton WMF, near Highfields and other facilities at Cecil Plains, Evergreen and Cooyar. The Yarraman WMF is currently under construction.

“As part of our integrated waste management network, our facilities will serve 85% of the Toowoomba Region’s population, ensuring that 98% of residents live within a 20-minute drive from a waste management facility.”

These guidelines mean the Greenmount facility will service residents at Cambooya, Wyreema, Vale View, Ramsay, Top Camp, Hodgson Vale and some of the southern parts of Toowoomba.

The Clifton facility will continue operating as it does now, with Council installing a weighbridge at this facility during the coming financial year. This is in accordance with State Government requirements for landfills.

Under Council’s endorsed Waste Infrastructure Plan, Clifton will continue operating as a landfill for the foreseeable future.

Council has allocated $3 million to start the Greenmount Waste Management Facility in the 2022/23 Capital Works Budget.

To have your say on the Greenmount Waste Management Facility upgrade, visit https://yoursay.tr.qld.gov.au/greenmountwmf or contact Council on 131 872 quoting ‘Greenmount Waste Facility’.