Council takes out the trash

CRUSH IT: Gympie Regional Council has invested about $200,000 in a new garbage compactor to extend the life of Gympie’s Bonnick Road dump.

IT’S big, it’s heavy and it’s tougher than a Tonka toy.

Gympie Regional Council’s new 36-tonne garbage contractor came at a bargain price in near new condition after a firm which initially purchased it new could not proceed with its planned use, in France, of the American-made vehicle.

“We shipped it in from France and it’s just being fitted out with flashing lights and reversing alarms,” Works and Services Committee chairman Larry Friske said, on site at Bonnick Road tip, this week.

The massive new machine weighs 36 tonnes from its steel wheels and bulldozer blade to a diesel engine which looks big enough to power a small town.

Cr Friske said the new Cat 826H machine would pay for itself in a big way, by adding two year’s usable life to the Bonnick Road facility.

The upcoming new landfill facility at Toolara was moving ahead on schedule, but it was important for council to ensure it made the most efficient use of increasingly limited land resources available for landfill garbage disposal.

Mayor Ron Dyne said the extra lifetime for the tip was accounted for by the heavier and better machine, which would more effectively compact rubbish which could not at this stage be recycled.

Operator Ken Kyte enjoyed an introductory run in the machine after council’s general meeting on Wednesday.

Cr Friske said the new machine is twice the weight of its predecessor, a 30-year-old machine.

That means it has twice the compacting power, he said.

He said he hoped the new machine would equal its predecessor’s 30-year lifetime.

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