Orica stretches friendship over toxic waste

CHEMICAL company Orica is stretching its friendship with the council over toxic trade waste.

The company wants 18 months to finish a study to decide how to dispose of their trade waste.

They are the only users of the Yarwun Trade Waste Facility that will be decommissioned in September 2017.

Gladstone Regional Council manages the facility and is paid a fee by Orica to do so, but the council has been trying to shed the responsibility.

Orica has been given until September 2016 to finish their 'options study', but one councillor said it was far too long.

Deputy mayor Matt Burnett wants things to move faster, saying 18 months is not a reasonable timeframe for just an options study rather than a solution.

"Three to six months is more realistic," Cr Burnett said. "Six months is reasonable and 12 months is stretching the friendship."

He said the council was fully supportive of industry and of having Orica in Gladstone.

However, he couldn't see why the council should be stuck with dealing with the company's waste for any longer than necessary.

"We don't want anything to do with it. They are the only ones using the facility.

"We are hoping by the end of their study they will have come up with a better way of handling their trade waste but ... it's their waste and their responsibility."

Orica said 18 months would give the company time to sufficiently identify the best solution.

It would then need to work with all stakeholders, a representative said.

This was consistent with the council's proposed time for decommissioning.