Waste in local landfill increases 58% with more on the way

THE construction and industry sectors have been responsible for a huge jump in waste making its way to landfill in Gladstone, with a 58% jump in dumping over four years, but the council is in discussion to bring in even more trash from Rockhampton.

In four years the amount of trash making its way to landfill across the Gladstone region has jumped from 43,000 tonnes in the 2010 financial year to 68,000 tonnes this year.

A combined 51,084 tonnes of that came from the commercial and industry, and construction and demolition sectors with the rest made up of household waste.

There is currently 2.4 million cubic metres of landfill space available in Gladstone.

The figures come as the council is in preliminary discussions with Rockhampton about bringing some of their trash to Gladstone's landfills.

Any Rockhampton waste which makes its way into Gladstone landfill would attract a fee for the council, but Mayor Gail Sellers said discussions are at a very early stage.

"Rockhampton Regional Council has had initial discussions with Gladstone Regional Council on trucking waste down to the Benaraby Landfill as a short term solution," Cr Sellers confirmed.

"If this were to happen, Rockhampton Regional Council would be charged a fee and this would include compensation for loss of space at the facility."

The council regularly conducts waste audits on residential waste to figure out whether or not Gladstonites are recycling or not.