Bundaberg Regional Council has applied to the Planning and Environment Court for minor changes to development approval for the Bundaberg Regional Landfill (Cedars Road).
A spokesman said the changes are intended to give greater flexibility in how waste is delivered to the facility and to ensure that it continues to provide a cost-effective waste service for the local community.
“Currently waste can be delivered to the facility via specialised waste transfer vehicles and a limited number of waste collection trucks per week, which results in double-handling of waste,” the spokesman said.
“The proposed change is for waste to be delivered by an increased number of Council’s kerbside collection fleet or front-lift waste trucks per week to reduce this double-handling of waste.
“This initiative will improve efficiencies and ensure as much of the region’s waste as possible is disposed of at the state-of the-art Bundaberg Regional Landfill (Cedars Road), which has the highest standards of environmental protection measures and a gas-flaring system.”
The Bundaberg Regional Landfill (Cedars Road) community reference group has supported the minor change application, which will not have any significant change on the overall number of vehicles using the site.
“Council works closely with all nearby residents to ensure there are no offsite impacts from the landfill,” the spokesman said.
“The Cedars Road facility currently has an approval to dispose of 50,000 tonnes of waste per annum and this minor-change application does not increase the tonnage limit.
“The Bundaberg Regional Landfill has been operating since 2007 without any offsite impacts and is the main disposal location for all household wheelie bin waste and commercial waste in the region.”
The spokesman said current restrictions meant kerbside collections trucks have to unload at the University Drive transfer station and reload in specialised vehicles to dispose of waste at Cedars Road.
An affidavit to the court says the proposal will not result in any perceptible change to noise impacts.
The application documents are available online and the matter is listed for a directions hearing on 14 June.