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Queensland govt puts aside $1 million for landfills

The Queensland Government has is putting $1 million towards helping local governments upgrade their landfill infrastructure.

The local councils of Toowoomba, Western Downs, Whitsunday Regional Council and Banana Shire Council have been successful in applying 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. We’ve invested $6 million in the Regional Recycling Transport Assistance Package and we have also introduced the reimbursement program for charitable recyclers.”