Birkdale Recycling and Waste Centre to reopen on August 17 as recycled tyre surface installed

BIRKDALE Recycling and Waste Centre is due to reopen on Monday, August 17 as upgrades and maintenance works come to a close.

UPGRADE: Mayor Karen Williams and Cr Tracey Huges check out the recycled tyre surface at Birkdale Recycling and Waste Centre.

UPGRADE: Mayor Karen Williams and Cr Tracey Huges check out the recycled tyre surface at Birkdale Recycling and Waste Centre.

The facility shut its doors on July 1, allowing council and road construction company RPQ Group to complete an innovative tyre recycling project.

A 20,000 square metre upper level section of the dump has been resurfaced using crumbed rubber blended bitumen, which saved about 550 used tyres from ending up in landfill.

Division 8 Cr Tracey Huges said the resurfacing works provided upgrades to the drop off area for things like scrap metal, timber, tyres, asbestos, e-waste and car batteries.

"Transfer stations are no longer just about dumping waste, they are where innovation in recycling and alternative uses are trialled and I am pleased the Birkdale facility is at the heart of that innovation," she said.

Mayor Karen Williams said council's approach to waste management was making a difference in the local community.

The tyre initiative follows on from last year's recycling project which saw reclaimed plastics used to resurface Princess Street at Cleveland.

"Our choices impact quality of life for the 157,000 residents who call Redlands Coast home, as well as future generations," Cr Williams said.

"The more we can recycle, reuse and recover, the less waste needs to go to landfill."

Cr Williams said about 135 tonnes of tyres from waste centres were sent to a recycling facility each year, with none being moved to landfill.

"Once shredded, the crumbed rubber is used for construction projects, infill in synthetic grass and playground matting, and equestrian products," she said.

"Powdered recycled tyres are used in glue for the building industry, while larger chips are also used by sporting clubs as bullet stops in their shooting range."

Cr Tracey Huges said residents should either hold on to waste and recyclables or use the Redland Bay facility while the Birkdale centre was out of action.

Commercial operators were also urged to use other locations.

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