Facility is turning glass in fine grain for other uses
ONE man's trash is another mans treasure which is why Livingstone Shire Council is helping a local business turn the shire's rubbish into a valuable product.
The Central Queensland Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) turned on its new glass crusher last year, which separates out the glass from the rubbish bound for the landfill and crushes it into a fine grain.
Councillor Adam Belot said council was incredibly pleased to see the shire's recycling being put to good use.
"The MRF uses 25 tonnes of rubbish a day to make the crushed glass and this is rubbish that would otherwise be dumped in landfills across CQ," Cr Belot said.
"In Livingstone, we know that for every one of the 36,000 men, women and children in the shire, we produce almost a tonne of rubbish each last year.
"We need to do better and that's why we've got a waste reduction and recycling plan, which sets out council's vision for reducing waste, recycling more, increasing community awareness and planning for waste infrastructure."
CQ MRF director Matthew Kriaris said the end product can then be used in a variety of ways.
"At the moment the main use is in construction sand, but over time we expect to further refine the process and we could see it used for other things like sand blasting," Mr Kriaris said.
"We've already had interest from a range of local businesses.
"And we appreciate council's support in helping facilitate further discussions."