BURNING ISSUE: Toowoomba Regional Council's Troy Uren, Maranoa's Cr Geoff McMullen, Western Downs Regional Council's Todd Sommerville, Goondiwindi Regional Council's Cr Rob McKenzie and Phillip Gall.
BURNING ISSUE: Toowoomba Regional Council's Troy Uren, Maranoa's Cr Geoff McMullen, Western Downs Regional Council's Todd Sommerville, Goondiwindi Regional Council's Cr Rob McKenzie and Phillip Gall. Donna Hurley QMDC

Tyres a rubbery issue for QMDB Regional Waste Group

WASTE tyres and what to do with them dominated the agenda at a waste management meeting of eight regional councils in Dalby last week.

The Queensland Murray-Darling Committee hosted a meeting of the QMDB Regional Waste Group, including representatives from the Toowoomba, Balonne, Maranoa, Western Downs and Goondiwindi regional councils, and welcomed new members Murweh and Quilpie shire councils.

According to QMDC CEO Geoff Penton, who chaired the meeting, waste tyres were discussed at length and it was evident a solution may be at hand.

"QMDC has facilitated conversations with the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads and believe they have found a solution in optimising the use of crumbed tyre rubber as a binding agent in road construction,” he said.

"It has great potential to use waste tyres and take a more environmentally friendly approach to their disposal.

"It is now up to road builders to develop the market for crumbed rubber by incorporating waste tyres into road construction.”

Another notable agenda item for the Regional Waste Group included roadside litter and the ongoing challenge of reducing littering amounts, monitoring trends and supporting the community to get involved in undertaking litter clean-ups. Now in its fifth year, the QMDB Regional Waste Group also tabled broader waste issues for the region and identified some key litter and waste management challenges.


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