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22 September, 2021

Mareeba’s waste set for Springmount

THE future of Mareeba’s waste disposal is still up in the air as Mareeba Shire Council (MSC) is still pursing alternative solutions for the current waste problem.

By Rhys Thomas

Mareeba Shire Council will continue to send their waste to the Springmount Waste Facility while they pursue other options. The current landfill cell at Mareeba is due to be capped in November

THE future of Mareeba’s waste disposal is still up in the air as Mareeba Shire Council (MSC) is still pursing alternative solutions for the current waste problem.

At the June meeting MSC revealed that SUEZ, who has been operating the landfill, decided not to extend their lease. The current contact is set to expire in November 2021. 

At this month’s ordinary council meeting it was decided that landfill waste would be sent to the Springmount Waste Facility while council pursued other options.

The current agreement with Springmount Waste Facility is only a temporary and short-term solution to the long-term problem. 

MSC Mayor Angela Toppin said that waste is an issue for all councils across Queensland not just Mareeba and they are constantly searching for solutions.

“Waste management is an issue that is front and centre for Local Governments across Queensland,” she said. 

“Mareeba Shire Council is proactively engaging with the Far North Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils (FNQROC) to ensure that our planning takes the bigger issues and impacts into account.” 

“Council will continue to explore alternative waste disposal options to ensure the best value for our community.”

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