New compactor at Yeppoon landfill. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin
New compactor at Yeppoon landfill. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin Allan Reinikka

Supersized compactor trashes rubbish for Livingstone Shire

A HIGH-tech compactor is giving Livingstone Shire Council's landfill a supersized boost.

The Caterpillar 826k Compactor weighs around 43 tonnes and is designed to maximise the compaction of waste - allowing more waste in less space.

Livingstone mayor Bill Ludwig said the compactor would help increase the life of the landfill, ensuring ratepayers are getting value for money.

"Council is constantly striving to make significant improvements in overall service delivery."Yeppoon's Civil Haulage and Mining was awarded the tender for landfill operations and contractor Peter Weaven said it was a good boost to local jobs.

"We're really excited to take on this contract and put our new compactor to work," he said.

"It's great to see council supporting local companies like ours and having a strong focus on creating local jobs for local people."

Cr Adam Belot said improving waste practices would also help protect the environment.

"We have almost 40,000 residents in the shire and in 2014/15, Livingstone generated about 35,000 tonnes of waste - that's almost a tonne of waste for each man, woman and child living here," Cr Belot said.

"We need to do better and that's why we're implementing the Waste Reduction and Recycling Plan 2016-2026 which is all about reducing waste, recycling more, increasing community awareness and planning for waste infrastructure."



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