SCRAPPED: Major landfill to close in cost-cutting measure
A MAJOR waste facility on the Southern Downs could stop accepting landfill in the near future under a new waste management strategy designed to curb costs and promote more efficient waste management practices.
Recent reviews of the Southern Downs Regional Council's waste services have found the current model of delivery and funding is financially unsustainable.
A significant rate increase, reduction of services or better efficiency would be required to continue the current level of service being offered in the Southern Downs, the council's 2018-28 Draft Waste Management Plan has identified.
Now open for public consultation until September 3, the draft plan outlines closing landfill at the Stanthorpe Waste Facility as one of the key strategies that will shape waste services over ten years.
Under the draft plan, Warwick would become the major waste facility for the Southern Downs and the dump currently located on Rifle Range Rd at Stanthorpe would stop storing landfill once the current cell has reached capacity.
Following the closure of landfill, the council has proposed that use of the existing transfer station by residents in Stanthorpe will continue.
The council also proposes to construct new waste transfer station at a location near the New England Highway for domestic collection and commercial waste, which would then be transported to Warwick.
Southern Downs mayor Tracy Dobie said the new plan reflected council's commitment to providing quality essential services across the region, while being socially and environmentally responsible.
"We need to ensure we are providing a cost-effective service which is compliant with government legislation, but we also have a social and environmental responsibility to manage our waste sustainably,” Cr Dobie said.
In the past year, the Southern Downs disposed of almost 23,000 tonnes of waste.
"The new waste strategy is a 10-year plan that will move the region into the future as the population grows, and which looks to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.”
The council's draft plan will also enact the state government imposed waste levy, which was introduced earlier this year.
While rebates for domestic waste will be provided by the state government, commercial and other waste will attract a levy valued at $70 per tonne for all waste to landfill.
Residents can provide feedback on the SDRC website or by calling 1300 MY SDRC (1300 697 372) for more information.