Council wastes no time on crucial landfill upgrades
Published 04 May 2023
Council is delivering an $8 million upgrade to Dakabin Waste Management Facility to cater for Moreton Bay’s rapid population growth.
The tender was today awarded to DECC Environmental for the construction of an additional landfill cell and a high efficiency sediment dam that will help control discharge from the site entering the stormwater system.
Acting Mayor Jodie Shipway said the upgrade would ensure Council continues to provide ongoing, cost-effective disposal of residual waste for years to come.
“Household waste generation, including kerbside wheelie bin collections, adds up to 600kg per person per year,” Cr Shipway said.
“As our population grows, it is important our waste services can keep pace with the additional demand while still providing our convenient, affordable, and sustainable waste disposal services.
“The expansion will add approximately 20 years to the lifespan of the landfill site at Dakabin.
“Although this additional capacity will ensure the site can service residents for the at least the next two decades, we can work together to extend its lifespan by creating less waste.
“We encourage our community to divert as much waste as we can away from landfill, through our Rethink Waste program.
“Choosing to reduce, reuse and recycle, avoiding disposing unwanted materials in general waste bins, and thinking beyond the recycling bin, is just the start.
“By cutting down on waste and reducing our carbon footprint will help us green as we grow towards a more sustainable future for Moreton Bay.
“The upgrades to this site also include building a new system for removing sediment from the storm water generated on the site to protect our environment from pollutants.
“This will make the site consistent with high efficiency dams already installed at the Caboolture Waste Facility and the Redcliffe Transfer Station.
“This investment means we can operate the Dakabin Waste Facility sustainably for years to come.”
Works are expected to be complete by the end of 2024.
For more information about Council’s waste education programs, visit Council's Rethink Waste web page.