182013May

Tips and Transfer Stations – the facts and figures

You’ve probably read about or heard about the changes to Waste Management in our city. In one of the most significant city decisions in the last 10 years, the Council has endorsed a new network plan for our solid waste management facilities that will meet our city’s needs through to 2026 and beyond. Our solid waste infrastructure network currently comprises 14 community waste and recycling centres (also known as ‘transfer stations’), three active landfills and one bin station.

Our future network will include 10 strategically located, modern waste and recycling centres and two landfill sites located in the north and south of the city (as outlined in the below network map). Unfortunately for some residents this decision meant that Neranwood Bin Station will close on July 1, 2013. While the network will decrease in number, it will increase in capability. The larger ‘modern’ centres will offer increased recycling and material separation options, resulting in reduced waste being sent to landfill.

This is a critical outcome since each year we bury enough waste in our city’s landfills to fill more than 1500 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

Future solid waste management network map


Implementation timetable

The first stage of implementation involves the following major upgrades:

  • Reedy Creek construction of major waste and recycling centre
  • Helensvale – Stage 3 upgrade to the waste and recycling centre

The upgrades to establish our network of major waste and recycling centres, will then allow the following closures:

  • Miami Waste & Recycling Centre upon completion of Reedy Creek (2014)
  • Tallebudgera Waste & Recycling Centre upon completion of Reedy Creek (2014)
  • Tugun Landfill upon completion of Reedy Creek (2014)
  • Maudsland Waste & Recycling Centre upon completion of Helensvale upgrade (2014)
  • Suntown Waste & Recycling Centre closed during week from July and permanently upon completion of Helensvale (2014)

The ultimate network solution also involves a major upgrade to the Merrimac Waste and Recycling Centre, after which the Council will consider the closure of the smaller Mudgeeraba Waste and Recycling Centre. The Merrimac upgrade is scheduled to be completed in 2017.

In addition to the improved resource recovery rates and significant environmental benefits, over time our new network will deliver important financial benefits and cost savings to the city. Importantly, the location of each of the landfills and the modern transfer stations will ensure that about 99 per cent of residents will still reside within 20 minutes of a waste disposal facility.

Although I voted in opposition on specific grounds, Council has also approved the extension of the defined waste collection area (area where a kerbside waste & recycling collection service is provided) to streets detailed in the spreadsheet below. However, this list of streets is being reviewed which may result in some changes to the streets that will ultimately receive a service. A final list of streets/roads to be provided a waste & recycling collection service will be placed on the Green GC website by the end of June. All residential property owners that will be receiving a new waste & recycling collection service will be notified in writing prior to commencement of the service. Streets that are not bitumen sealed; are too steep; have no turning area for waste collection vehicles; have low powerlines; or contain cattle grids may not be included on the draft list of streets/roads at this stage.

Exemptions to a waste & recycling collection service are generally only granted in exceptional circumstances such as the presence of a significant traffic safety issue or a site constraint that prohibits safe collection of wheelie bins

I’ll be in touch with the community again when I know more about the roll-out and finalised list of properties affected by this decision


DRAFT LIST OF PROPERTIES THAT WILL BE RECEIVING A WASTE & RECYCLING COLLECTION SERVICE

Division

Street

Suburb

House Numbers

1

UPPER ORMEAU ROAD (NORTH) Kingsholme/Ormeau Hills From No 62 to No 581

1

ELEVATION DRIVE Wongawallen All

5

BEAUDESERT NERANG ROAD Clagiraba From No 1149

5

BOOGARD PLACE Clagiraba All

5

STEWART ROAD Clagiraba All

5

WITHEREN ROAD Clagiraba All

5

ABBOTT COURT Guanaba All

5

ALOISI COURT Guanaba All

5

BIRDS ROAD Guanaba All

5

CANDY CREEK ROAD Guanaba All

5

CHESTERTON ROAD Guanaba All

5

COOMERA VALLEY DRIVE Guanaba All

5

GUANABA CREEK ROAD Guanaba Up to No 405

5

LINK ROAD Guanaba All

5

LYNWOOD DRIVE Guanaba All

5

PURCELL ROAD Guanaba All

5

STEWART ROAD Guanaba All

5

SUNVALLEY COURT Guanaba All

5

TARATA ROAD Guanaba All

5

VIDMAR COURT Guanaba All

5

JEDINAK COURT Guanaba All

5

BONNIE BRAE DRIVE Guanaba All

9

AUSTINVILLE ROAD Austinville/Bonogin Up to No 250

9

STAGHORN DRIVE Austinville All

9

ARKANA STREET Mudgeeraba All

9

GILWARD DRIVE Mudgeeraba All

9

LITTLE NERANG ROAD Mudgeeraba/Neranwood All

9

PINETREE COURT Mudgeeraba All

9

TYALGUM STREET Mudgeeraba All

9

GOLD COAST SPRINGBROOK ROAD Neranwood From No 581

9

LOWRY COURT Neranwood All

9

SWANSON PLACE Neranwood All

9

BANDICOOT LANE Springbrook All

9

BANKSIA ROAD Springbrook All

9

BILBOROUGH COURT Springbrook All

9

BOY-ULL ROAD Springbrook All

9

CANYON PARADE Springbrook All

9

FORESTRY ROAD Springbrook All

9

LYREBIRD RIDGE ROAD Springbrook All

9

PINE CREEK ROAD Springbrook All

9

REPEATER STATION ROAD Springbrook All

9

SPRINGBROOK ROAD Springbrook All

9

VELVET DOWNS ROAD Springbrook All

14

BAINS ROAD Currumbin Valley All

14

KIANGA COURT Currumbin Valley All

14

KYTE STREET Currumbin Valley All

14

TAYLORS LANE Currumbin Valley All

14

TOMEWIN MOUNTAIN ROAD Currumbin Valley All

14

CURRUMBIN CREEK ROAD Currumbin Valley From No 810

14

DES QUINLAN CRESCENT Tallebudgera All

14

DUCATS ROAD Tallebudgera All

14

SYNDICATE ROAD Tallebudgera All

14

BARMARK COURT Tallebudgera Valley All

14

BRAMLEY DRIVE Tallebudgera Valley All

14

GIBSONVILLE STREET Tallebudgera Valley All

14

LUXTON COURT Tallebudgera Valley All

14

NANCOL DRIVE Tallebudgera Valley All

14

PETSCH CREEK ROAD Tallebudgera Valley All

14

RANCH COURT Tallebudgera Valley All

14

RUSTY COURT Tallebudgera Valley All

14

TALLEBUDGERA CREEK ROAD Tallebudgera Valley From No 629 to No 1708 (corner Len Dickfos Rd)

14

THOMAS WATERS ROAD Tallebudgera Valley All

14

YARRA COURT Tallebudgera Valley All

Credit to City of Gold Coast Corporate Communications and the CEO’s office for much of the wording in this blog.

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