Fraser Coast Regional Council has recently developed the Fraser Coast Waste Strategy 2019-2029. The new strategy has a focus on resource leadership that delivers the greatest benefits to our local community in terms of resource recovery, reducing landfill, environmental amenity and economic development.
Community feedback was sought for the strategy. Council included community views on the six outcome areas (themes) in the document and key actions identified.
The need for a Strategy.
Our concept of waste is changing. It is a shift in perspective from viewing waste as rubbish to discard, to a valuable resource for which innovative solutions can be found that focus on diversion away from landfill and foster local solutions which deliver economic growth and employment. Our region needs a waste strategy that addresses future population growth, the world heritage significance of K’gari (Fraser Island) and growing community expectations for better service delivery and resource recovery.
The Fraser Coast Waste Strategy 2019 – 2029 (the Strategy) sets a clear path for the management of solid waste in the Fraser Coast region towards 2029. It builds on the success of the Waste Management and Resource Recovery Strategy 2013-2020, with Council achieving many of the actions identified in the plan.
This Fraser Coast Waste Strategy 2019 – 2029 will replace the old plan and focus on resource leadership that delivers the greatest benefits to our local community in terms of resource recovery, environmental amenity and economic development.
Queensland is embarking on a new direction in waste management, with the centerpiece of Queensland strategy being the introduction of a waste disposal levy, providing an incentive to avoid waste to landfill.
The development of this Fraser Coast Waste Strategy 2019 – 2029 will fulfill the statutory requirement for local government to prepare and implement a waste reduction and recycling plan under the Waste Reduction and Recycling Act 2011 (the Act).
What waste streams does the Strategy address?
The Strategy summarises the proposed strategic direction for solid waste management that is generated from households, commercial and industrial premises and the construction and demolition sector. It only considers the current and future management of solid waste by Council and does not include liquid waste, biosolids or hazardous wastes as these waste streams are not accepted by Council’s Landfills.
The types of waste Council manages are broadly addressed within this plan and include:
- Kerbside waste from households;
- Garden waste;
- Food waste;
- Scrap metal;
- Electronic appliances and whitegoods;
- Wood and timber;
- Textiles and clothing;
- Old furniture;
- Recyclables – paper, cardboard, plastic, steel, aluminium and glass;
- Building materials;
- Clean soil, rocks and rubble;
- Paint cans, gas cylinders and fire extinguishers; and,
What are the six outcome areas (themes)?
There are six key Outcome Areas for the Strategy which include:
- Planning future waste infrastructure (See Fact Sheet Theme 1)
- Maximising resource recovery from kerbside bins (See Fact Sheet Theme 2)
- Improving waste diversion from landfill (See Fact Sheet Theme 3)
- . Operational efficiency (See Fact Sheet Theme 4)
- K’Gari (Fraser Island) waste management (See Fact Sheet Theme 5)
- Waste education (See Fact Sheet Theme 6)
Each of these themes have targets, actions and timeframes for delivery.
Frequently asked questions
Some frequently asked questions have been answered below.
What are the current waste services in the Fraser Coast Region?
In 2016-17, the Fraser Coast Regional Council managed over 147,538 tonnes of waste, recovering 45,245 tonnes or 42 per cent of various materials as resources. This is achieved across a network of waste facilities that service major urban centres as well as rural townships. On the mainland, this network consists of 11 resource recovery centres, two recycling markets and three active landfills located at Maryborough, Tinana and Granville.
The current positioning of facilities ensures that between 90 to 95 per cent of residents are located within a 20-minute drive of a resource recovery centre, with some townships able to access two to three facilities within a 20-minute drive. The generally accepted benchmark for local government best practice service levels is that more than 80 per cent of residents are located within a 20-minute drive.
Council also has the responsibility to manage aspects of waste management on K’gari (Fraser Island), for the townships of Orchid Beach, Eurong and Happy Valley (refer map). These areas each have a waste transfer facility that is operated by Council and accessible to all users of Fraser Island. Waste collection is managed jointly by Council and the State Government, through the Queensland National Parks (QNP).
Are there any big changes with waste infrastructure?
Theme 1- Planning Future Waste Infrastructure details Council’s plan in relation to waste infrastructure planning. There is a network of Council operated resource recovery facilities accessible to different areas of the region. To accommodate continuing residential growth across the region, particularly in the Hervey Bay area, Council is planning to upgrade the resource recovery infrastructure at Nikenbah and Maryborough sites. The aim is to meet a benchmark of 95 per cent of residents being within 30 minutes’ drive of a waste facility which is a service standard adopted by many local governments throughout Queensland. However, this may result in closure of sites. Overall, Council aims to deliver an equitable standard of resource recovery infrastructure across the region.
Will Council be introducing green waste/ food waste/ organics collection?
Council has established a target of having “implemented a standard kerbside collection service that consists of general waste, recycling and organics (either kerbside green waste or green/food waste) by 2024”
|1.1 Develop waste facilities that meet future community demands|| |
|1.2 Secure landfill capacity beyond the end of life of the Maryborough landfill|| |
|1.3 Equitable service delivery across the region|| |
|1.4 Increase resource recovery at waste facilities|| |
|1.5 Develop final capping and closure construction program for all “non-active” landfills|| |
|1.6 Investigate regional collaboration opportunities for landfill and alternative waste treatment|| |
For further information see Fraser Coast Waste Strategy 2019-2029 page 21.
What is proposed in terms of bin size?
At this stage, no changes are planned for bin sizes, although Council will consider introducing 360L bin for recycling. Bin sizing will be considered as part of the preparation of the next kerbside collection contract from 2021/22.
For further information please refer to page 21 of the Fraser Coast Waste Strategy 2019-2029.
How will this impact on my rates?
The targets and actions outlined in this Strategy are designed to be achievable. Many of the larger infrastructure projects which require capital expenditure on waste facilities are already costed and included in the long-term financial forecast for the Fraser Coast Regional Council Waste Management Program.
Significant changes such as the introduction of a kerbside green/food waste collection will increase rates and these aspects will be taken into consideration prior to Council introducing a new service.