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A plan to eliminate waste within 18 years has been adopted by Sunshine Coast Council.

The Sunshine Coast Resource Recovery Strategy 2023 was endorsed at a council meeting on November 16, after it received input from the region’s sustainability advocates.

In a media release, council said the goal is that nothing ends up in landfill by 2041.

A new $40m material recovery facility (MRF), soon to be operational at Nambour, will be crucial to implement the strategy.

With industry-leading intelligent sorting technology, the MRF will be able to recover glass bottles, plastic containers, cardboard, paper and steel and aluminium cans, supplying a range of quality products for re-use across several industries.

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Councillor Maria Suarez said the strategy also supported council’s target to be a net-zero emissions organisation by 2041.

“This plan will see council adopt and take advantage of opportunities in the rapidly evolving waste industry – and view waste as a resource,” she said.

State Environment Minister Leanne Linard and Member for Nicklin Rob Skelton at the recycling facility.

“It sets a clear path to harness the value of these resources – for example by collecting food waste and converting it into compost and recovered plastics that can be repurposed into clothing or park benches.

“It supports a circular economy to prevent items from becoming waste in the first place and will help our community to avoid and create less waste though education and support.

“Through the plan, council will advocate for new and improved product stewardship schemes and collaborate with other South-East Queensland councils for area-wide solutions.

“And we’ll ensure that back at home, we have state-of-the-art resource recovery facilities and waste management infrastructure.

“With this strategy, council will meet Commonwealth and state waste reduction targets and lead the way to a cleaner, greener, more sustainable future.”

A garden organics truck in action.

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