New heavy plant for TRC’s primary landfill

Toowoomba Region Council (TRC) has recently taken delivery of a new CAT 963D Drott at the Toowoomba Waste Management Centre at Cranley.

TRC Water and Waste Portfolio Leader Cr Nancy Sommerfield said the Toowoomba Waste Management Centre services a population of around 175,000 people, landfills 76,000 tonnes of waste per year and receives an additional 56,000 tonnes of clean fill per year.

“Safe and efficient use of our Council waste facility is important to ensure its longevity and optimise capacity,” Cr Sommerfield said.

“The new 20 tonne tracked loader typically landfills around 50 tonnes of residual waste per hour while being 10 per cent more fuel efficient than the previous model.”

“It also has GPS machine guidance, with real time information for the operators that enables accurate loading and compacting while minimising air space, as well as the ability to see how much more is needed on a lift-by-lift basis.

“It’s accurate and real time reporting capabilities provide certainty that staff and machine operators are working to the latest fill plans.”

“Adopting innovative and efficient technology is one way to maximise productivity and proactively implement best practice waste management.”, Cr Sommerfield said.

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