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Macalister Landfill set to close once at capacity

22 November 2016

Western Downs Regional Council has announced plans to close the Macalister Landfill due to the disposal area fast approaching capacity with no room to expand the facility. A rehabilitation program to restore the site will occur thereafter.

  • As soon as the site reaches full capacity, predicted to occur between 15 December 2016 and mid-January 2017, patrons will no longer be able to access and use the facility as crews will commence work to fill in the trench and rehabilitate the site;
  • Due to limited land space, environmental risks and strict Government regulations, closing the landfill which is unsupervised and poses a fire hazard will mean better peace of mind for nearby residents and rural landholders;
  • With the state-of-the-art Dalby Waste and Recycling Centre only a 10 minute drive away residents can dispose of their standard domestic waste for free;
  • Increases in instances of illegal dumping and burning of waste at the Macalister Landfill site have also led to heightened user and community safety risks.

Council Spokesperson for Planning and Environment Councillor Andrew Smith said that the closure is part of ensuring Council’s waste infrastructure meets a strict community and user safety standard regulated by the State Government.

“To put it simply, the Macalister Landfill is very close to capacity and we don’t have the room to expand or upgrade the site to bring it up to scratch with legislation without incurring significant cost to ratepayers,” he said.

“The nearby supervised Dalby Waste and Recycling Centre is a great environmentally sustainable alternative facility for our residents and landholders to take advantage of where they can dispose of their domestic waste free of charge.

“We’ve had a few close calls where illegally lit fires at the Macalister Landfill have seriously threatened prime agricultural land in the area. With the site posing numerous environmental hazards to our residents and landholders, it was a responsible decision to close the facility.

“Illegal dumping and feral animals have also placed the safety of users and the community at risk, so to discourage further unlawful practices and roaming of feral animals Council have taken a positive step forward to close and rehabilitate the site.”

For more information on Council’s waste and recycling facilities please contact 1300 COUNCIL or visit the webpage.

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Media Contact:
Cr Andrew Smith | Spokesperson for Planning and Environment | 0408 700 392