The Queensland Government has invested $1 million to help local governments upgrade their landfill infrastructure.
The local councils of Toowoomba, Western Downs, Whitsunday Regional Council and Banana Shire Council have all successfully applied for grant funding to help with their waste management infrastructure.
Environment Minister Meaghan Scanlon said grant funding will be used to upgrade small local government landfills to transfer and rural bin stations, ensuring continuity of service for the local communities and delivering improved waste and environmental outcomes.
Most projects are scheduled to be completed by 30 June.
“These upgrades will help these councils manage their infrastructure and collect the levy while reducing the impact of waste on the environment,” Minister Scanlon said.
“There’s also the added benefit of improving the resource recovery capabilities of regional communities.
“The Queensland Government understands our local governments play a key role in helping communities to reduce waste and increase resource recovery.
“That is why we are doing all we can to help these councils meet the next phase of requirements for the waste levy.
“Our government is committed to reducing waste and improving our recycling rates. Before the waste levy, we were the second-worst state in the country at recycling.
“So, we took action. We’ve invested $6 million in the Regional Recycling Transport Assistance Package and we have also introduced the reimbursement program for charitable recyclers.
“These programs are not only good for our environment, they also create jobs in regional Queensland.”
For more information on this program please go to: https://www.qld.gov.au/environment/pollution/management/waste/recovery/funding-grants