VIDEO: New Rocky waste station will be 'safer for consumers'
MOST of us give no thought to what happens to our rubbish once it goes in the bin.
For the Rockhampton Regional Councillors though, it's a big talking point, with a new transfer station to open soon.
Rockhampton Regional Councillor Neil Fisher said the new station will be safer for consumers, but also have advantages dollar wise.
Craig Dunglison, manager of Rockhampton Regional Waste & Recycling said the new waste transfer station was designed with many things in mind, including the efficiency of the final waste product.
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Mist lines are built into the roof to minimise dust and can include a scene to reduce odours...when we get to the landfill we get better compaction," Mr Dunglison said.
Cr Fisher said this was a generational project, built for the long term.
"Most of us will be in wheelie walkers when this will still be in use."
The opening date is yet to be announced, with some areas yet to be completed on the project.
With the Lakes Ck Road landfill in its final stages (estimated by end of next year) Cr Fisher said the new transfer station would extend its life with better compaction rates and increased recycling.
"But recycling in our region would need to improve...we are not recycling like we used to," Cr Fisher said.
About 40% of what comes through the new facility will be recycled but Cr Fisher said ideally it should be 75%.
"That is achievable, but that is not happening."
Another factor is commonly from a bag of rubbish thrown into the wrong bin.
Rockhampton has a 23% contamination rate, almost double the state average of 12%. When recycle bags were in place Rockhampton only had a one to two percent contamination rate.
WHAT IT COST
Council state they are on target for cost of construction $12 million ($13.2m including GST).
2012/13 budget only $2.1m spent that year.
Funds carried over in 2013/14 budget with $8.5m spent that year.