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Lord Mayor opens new recycling station

14 November, 2013

Lord Mayor opens new recycling station

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk is delivering on his election commitment to revolutionise Brisbane’s transfer stations by making it free to unload 100 per cent recyclable materials to reduce landfill at the newly updated Willawong Resource Recovery Centre.

The Lord Mayor said the new facilities at Willawong are making it easier for residents to recycle and are helping to deliver a cleaner and greener Brisbane.

“I am focused on continuing to work towards our zero waste strategy targets and part of this is making our transfer stations more accessible for all residents throughout Brisbane,” Cr Quirk said.

“Every year over 100,000 tonnes of materials that could have been recycled are instead dumped in Brisbane’s landfill, and my hope is the new Willawong Resource Recovery Centre will reduce the amount of valuable resources being lost in Brisbane’s landfill.”

Cr Quirk said the work to upgrade the Willawong Resource Recovery Centre began in May 2013, the primary stages of the work were completed earlier this month, and the opening of the site coincides with National Recycling Week.

“The Willawong Resource Recovery Centre services approximately 245,000 visitors and processes over 175,000 tonnes of waste per annum and it is hoped the development of the resource recovery centre will improve vehicle processing time and increase recyclable material collected,” he said.

“The easier access should increase the amount of recyclable material collected, divert more resources from landfill and will reinforce my approach to sustainable waste management.”

The renovation of Willawong Resource Recovery Centre reaffirms Council’s commitment to delivering a cleaner and greener city and is one of the key steps in a journey to becoming a zero waste city.

“Residents who arrive at the resource recovery centre with a 100 per cent recyclable load will be able to dispose of their recycling materials for free, with mixed loads still continuing through the normal channels and incurring normal disposal fees,” Cr Quirk said.

Willawong Resource Recovery Centre is the first of four transfer stations to have the new facilities installed with work on Nudgee Transfer Station, Ferny Grove Transfer Station and Chandler Transfer Station to be completed by June 2016.

For more information on Willawong Resource Recovery Centre visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au and search for ‘Willawong Resource Recovery Centre’ or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.

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