Queensland-based, family-owned company JJ’s Waste & Recycling has taken over the region’s waste collection services from REMONDIS.
The announcement coincides with the start of Sunshine Coast Council’s expanded garden organics collection service, which will see an additional 45,000 households recycling their garden waste.
Sunshine Coast Council Mayor Mark Jamieson today unveiled the fleet of new-look trucks.
“This new contract and expanded garden organics service will deliver on the Sunshine Coast Waste Strategy; council’s goals for a circular economy for waste; and our goal to be a zero net emissions organisation by 2041,” Jamieson said. “In today’s dollars, this is council’s largest service-delivery contract valued at $146 million over eight years and as with every service council provides, we have sought to offer an excellent customer service that represents real value for money.
“The new contract also opens up opportunities and possibilities to further our goal to be a zero net emissions organisation. Garden waste from approximately 86,000 households across the region will now be diverted from landfill, to prevent more greenhouse gas being released into the atmosphere.
“In the beginning, the new fleet will include one electric vehicle which will service public place bins in our community. We also plan to trial a hydrogen fuel cell waste truck later this year and, depending on the success of the trials, determine how we might transition to electric or hydrogen fuel cell trucks in future years as technology matures.”
The garden organics bin collection service will see around an extra 50,000 households divert green waste from landfill to be mulched and re-used.
Sunshine Coast Council Environment and Liveability Portfolio Councillor Maria Suarez said the expanded garden organics service contributed to a cleaner, greener environment and sustainable future.
“Community feedback received in February 2021 from 7500 residents regarding the future management of Sunshine Coast waste revealed overwhelming support for expanding the garden organics service to contribute to a better and more sustainable future,” Suarez said.
The 240L garden organics bin service is expected to cost approximately $35 per year, subject to change.
Sunshine Coast Council awarded the new $146 million collection contract via a procurement process through an open tender, which was overseen by an independent probity advisor.
Jamieson thanked former contractor Remondis for its service over the past eight years.