Wanless Waste Management were recently awarded a highly competitive contract with Isaac Regional Council in Central Queensland’s Mackay region. The contract assigns Wanless management of two landfill sites, Glenden and Moranbah, the latter the largest of the district. The Moranbah team, pictured, is Brody Phillips, Operations Supervisor (left) and Savana Durrant, Operations Support.
Investing in the environment
“This contract establishes Wanless Waste Management in the region and aligns our vision to engage with the local council and key stakeholders in the resource sector,” says Wanless Waste Management General Manager Peter O’Malley.
The decision by Isaac Regional Council underpins Wanless Waste Management continued investment into Queensland’s communities, economy and local environmental impact thanks to the proposed Wanless Recycling Park in Ebenezer, near Ipswich. “It enhances our State presence and continues the path of expanding our sustainable business model across a national footprint,” says O’Malley.
Innovation, ability and expertise
Edging out US’s largest waste companies and local contractors, Wanless Waste Management’s innovation, proven ability and expertise were the deciding factors. Currently, 80 per cent of waste received at the business’ Sydney Recycling Park in Kemp’s Creek is diverted from landfill, well above the nation’s resource recovery rate of 62 per cent. This is an achievement set to be replicated at the proposed Wanless Recycling Park in Ebenezer, transforming the degraded site into a productive precinct.
The Isaac Regional Council
Isaac Regional Council was formed on Saturday 15 March 2008 through the amalgamation of three former shires, Belyando, Broadsound and Nebo. Council’s role is to provide facilities throughout the region in an effective and efficient manner, and encourage strategic and sustainable development of the area for the benefit of all citizens.
Moranbah and Glenden landfills are approximately 120km apart and roads are prone to flooding in wet seasons, as recently experienced by the Wanless Waste Management team early in the contract. It was necessary to relocate staff to the region, who have embraced and engaged with the local community.
“The success of the Wanless business is built on our people and we draw on the diversity of experience within the business to deliver positive outcomes to the varied service lines and regions,” says Managing Director Dean Wanless.
At home in Queensland
Wanless Waste Management already has a strong connection to this part of the country through its family history. In the late 1950s, long before recycling was a priority, Wanless started automotive and metal recycling in the Ipswich and western Brisbane regions. Since that time, the company has understood the value of working with local communities to minimise adverse impacts and share the economic and environmental benefits.
At the new Queensland site, Wanless plans to integrate various resource recovery and reuse activities that will generate many more employment and training opportunities for the local community than landfill operations, as well as build and operate an innovative resource recovery hub that will continue to evolve as new technologies emerge.
For more information on this contract and the proposed Wanless Recycling Park, contact us today.