At today’s Water and Waste Committee Meeting, Toowoomba Regional Council Councillors endorsed the recommendation to continue having the Region’s domestic waste and recycling collection service delivered by JJ Richards, as well as enter into a short-term contract with Re.Group for the processing of recyclable material.

TRC Water and Waste portfolio Lead Cr Nancy Sommerfield said the 12-year contract that is recommended to be awarded to JJ Richards for Waste and Recyclables collection would ensure ratepayers continue to receive a high quality collection service.

“This was a rigorous tender process as waste collection and recyclables is one of our biggest operations as a local government.

“I’m confident we have secured a great deal providing a high quality waste collection and recycling service to our community long into the future.

“JJ Richards has a long and proud history in the Toowoomba Region with the company’s first ever Council contract being awarded by Toowoomba in 1962,” Cr Sommerfield said.

In addition to the contract recommended to be awarded to JJ Richards, TRC also endorsed the recommendation of a short-term one-year contract with options to extend to Re.Group for the provision of recycling processing services.

“The short-term contract was recommended to be awarded for recycling processing services because TRC intends to provide for a local Materials Recovery Facility in the very-near future which will eventually result in cost-savings to Council for the transport of recoverable material which currently occurs.

“I look forward to the community benefitting greatly from the contracts negotiated by TRC subject to Council’s full endorsement at the Ordinary Meeting on Tuesday 20 September,” Cr Sommerfield said.


JJ’s Waste and Recycling
• Core business – waste and recyclables transport logistics
• Reach – National and NZ and incumbent contractor
• Ownership - Privately owned Richards Family (largest, privately owned waste management Company in Australia)
• 90 years experience in the waste industry
• Employs over 2,700 people
• Currently services 56 local governments and over 110,000 commercial customers throughout Australia and New Zealand.
• Commenced in 1932 Murwillumbah NSW
• 1st Toowoomba Contract in 1962 and 6th consecutive contract commenced in 2013


• Re.Group is an Australian recycling and resource recovery company focused on a vision to create a wasteless society
• Operating since 2013, Re.Group are the only Australian company that designs, builds, owns and operates recycling facilities and systems
• Core Business – recyclables processing
• Reach – National
• Existing MRF Sites: Southern Adelaide, Sunshine Coast (under construction), Canberra, Townsville