The existing waste cell at Lochlees Landfill is almost full and a new one will soon be constructed.
Waste cells are lined rubbish compartments required at disposal sites under Queensland Government guidelines that ensure waste disposed at the facility is contained on site and reduces any impact on the surrounding environment.
A landfill site is often constructed of multiple cells, with each cell taking around five years to fill. This new cell will be the final cell constructed at Lochlees Landfill before a new waste disposal site will be required.
Council invited tenders for the construction of the new cell in March this year. The tender has not yet been awarded and despite no local companies submitting a tender, it is hoped local subcontractors will be engaged.
The construction of the new cell will have limited impact on residents, who can continue to use the waste disposal facilities at the Emerald Transfer Station.
Businesses that use Lochlees Landfill will need to follow the directions of staff as they enter the site. A traffic management plan will be in place for the duration of the construction to ensure the safe operation of the facility.
Construction is expected to commence in May and continue until September 2016.