Recycling facility under cloud

By HUGH KEARNEY

THE future of the Tweed Shire's recycling centre at Stott's Creek is under a cloud with rumours circulating it is about to close or may have already closed.

A Daily News reader who asked not to be named phoned yesterday and said he had heard the staff at the centre had been reduced from the usual six on Wednesday down to just two yesterday.

The two workers, the caller said, were simply cleaning up and the plant looked close to having ceased operations.

The caller said he had been told the plan was to transport the collected recycable material in large skips to the Visy depot in Brisbane for processing. The centre is operated by Solo Resources and has been processing Tweed Shire's recyclable material under contract for about 15 years.

Solo is currently converting all residential wheelie bins in the shire to enlarge the recycling section to 50 per cent of the bin's capacity.

Solo Resource's contract co-ordinator Scott McGurren declined to comment on the issue when contacted yesterday afternoon.

Tweed Shire Council's director of environment and community services Don Buckley said yesterday council was not aware of any such closure of the centre.

"If it is the case, they (Solo) haven't advised us they're doing it," Mr Buckley said.

"If there are to be any changes to the recycling operation, I would expect it would need our (council) approval to ensure other satisfactory arrangements are made."

Mr Buckley said it was possible Solo was planning for recyclable material collected in the Tweed to be transported to the Visy depot in Brisbane.

"Visy has a very large recycling plant in Brisbane and a large amount of what is sorted here is currently transported to the Brisbane plant," Mr Buckley said.

"It may be that (Tweed shire's recycling program) can operate that way, but we would need to look at the details to ensure it was in line with our contracts."

Mr Buckley said that, without information to the contrary, the project to convert residential wheelie bins to take more recyclable mate- rial would continue.



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