Councils unite to seek new options for waste and recycling solutions

A combined effort by five South-East Queensland councils to find feasible and progressive methods of resource recovery and waste disposal has taken a significant step forward.

Mayor Karen Williams said Redland City Council – in collaboration with Ipswich City Council, Logan City Council, Lockyer Valley Regional Council and Somerset Regional Council – was seeking expressions of interest (EOI) for the delivery of resource recovery and waste disposal services.

“The EOI opened recently and already there has been some promising interest, so we are hoping to see innovative solutions from waste industry operators,” Cr Williams said.

“We expect some of these solutions will have been made feasible by combining the collective waste volumes of all five councils.

“Waste collection is a significant cost for councils, so it is hoped this collaboration will find efficiencies that ultimately benefit our residents and the environment by maximising diversion of waste from landfill.”

Cr Williams said Redland City Council had being pursuing regional collaboration for a number of years as it offers economies of scale and financial benefits to Redlands Coast ratepayers.

“There are some significant challenges ahead to meet the ambitious resource recovery and landfill avoidance targets in the draft Queensland Waste Management and Resource Recovery Strategy,” she said.

“By collaborating in this way it is hoped that industry can help shape the forward direction for the Redlands Coast community.”

For further information or to lodge an expression of interest, see the LG Tender box advertisement issued by Logan City Council on behalf of the Sub-Regional Alliance.