Toowoomba Region residents this month can start taking advantage of new recycling opportunities for car wheels (tyres and rims) at the Greater Toowoomba Waste Management Centre, in addition to contributing to a concrete recycling trial at four regional waste facilities.

Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) Water and Waste Committee portfolio leader Cr Nancy Sommerfield said Council was pleased to offer residents additional recycling options to divert more material from the Region’s landfills.

“Any chance to avoid sending materials to landfill reduces our operating costs and ensures we are taking greater care of our environment,” Cr Sommerfield said.

“Our Greater Toowoomba Waste Management Centre at O’Mara Road is accepting car wheels (rims and tyres). The standard charge for tyres applies.

“Our facility staff will remove the tyre from the rim on site. Recovered tyres will be recycled through a Tyre Stewardship Australia-accredited collector/recycler.

“Rims that are in good condition will be available for purchase through the Reviva Reuse Shop at O’Mara Road, while rims in poor condition will be recycled as scrap metal.

“I’m pleased that residents will be able to recycle another resource at our waste facility.”

In addition, Cr Sommerfield said Council recently started a six-month concrete recycling trial at the Kleinton, Greenmount, Crows Nest and Oakey Waste Management Facilities.

“Concrete unloaded at these four sites will be sorted and loaded into bins before it is transported offsite for processing by a contractor,” Cr Sommerfield said.

“The trial has been designed to reduce noise and dust from the normal on-site concrete crushing and recycling. It will also help to eliminate any contaminants, such as asbestos, in recycled concrete and recycled concrete products.

“Customers can continue to unload concrete waste at any of our waste facilities. All concrete disposed at our waste management facilities is reused.

“Council thanks residents for their willingness to help reduce household waste and minimise our impact on the environment.

“Residents have helped us improve diversion rates of material from landfill since the opening of our Greater Toowoomba Waste Management Facility at O’Mara Road in December 2015. We are extending these opportunities to our other waste management facilities.

“We continue to plan for cost effective and user-friendly waste management and resource recovery opportunities across our Region.

“Our planning aligns with population growth projections to ensure 98% of our Region’s residents live within a 20-minute drive of a waste management facility.”

For a full list of recyclable items and links to firms and organisations that offer recycling drop-off facilities, please visit www.tr.qld.gov.au/recycling