Tweed Recycling and Landfill Centre Master Plan

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The Master Plan aims to transform the current Stotts Creek Resource Recovery Centre into a more user friendly and innovative site. It sets the stage to achieve less waste to landfill and is part of Towards Zero Waste. It will maximise the use of materials already available and only place waste in landfill as a last resort.

Actions that aim to improve the site for residents include:

  • placing less in landfill
  • moving around the site safely
  • knowing what to drop off and where
  • reducing, recycling and reusing as much as possible

Stotts Creek Resource Recovery Centre will remain open during all construction. We ask residents to take care and be aware – of workers, signs and speeds.

Let’s keep everyone safe.


Master Plan actions and phases

Phase 1: Improve the layout and site design for all users.



1. Organics Processing Facility

The new organics facility will be the largest in the Northern Rivers. The compost product made from green waste will reduce the volume of organics going into landfill. See video.



2. Site Entrance Overhaul

This action will solve site access issues especially during floods while upgrading existing areas. By expanding more usable parking spaces, we hope to build on the popularity of Tweed JUNKtion – Tip Shop Treasures.



3. Landfill for Community Waste

The new landfill is the last one to be constructed on the current site and will hold about 11,071 collection trucks of waste - this has a 'lifespan' of about five or six years.



4. Resource Recovery Areas

Improvements to the current set up will create a more pleasant, pedestrian and traffic safe environment, particularly with improved undercover areas offering greater weather protection.



5. Water and Leachate Management

This action will better manage both water and leachate (liquid nutrient pollutant that landfills create) and accommodate extreme rainfall events.



6. Roads and Signage

To improve the customer experience and safety for all site visitors, the Master Plan includes the revamp of signs and roads throughout the site and introduce clearly separated lanes and marked signs to improve the customer experience and safety for all site visitors.



Phase 2: Preparing for future landfill

Council is working towards our Towards Zero Waste goal, which has us saving 90% of waste from landfill. Securing land space for the community’s future landfill waste is also a longer term goal.

Planning for our future waste is very important as:

  • some products can’t be recycled or reused
  • some problem waste still needs to go to landfill
  • with current waste behaviours in the community, the landfill currently being built will be full in about 5 to 7 years with current waste behaviours.

We need to prepare even when the aim is to place less waste into landfill, preparation is needed. Space is limited, approvals are rigorous and time sensitive.

This will be part of the last stage of the Master Plan.


The Master Plan aims to transform the current Stotts Creek Resource Recovery Centre into a more user friendly and innovative site. It sets the stage to achieve less waste to landfill and is part of Towards Zero Waste. It will maximise the use of materials already available and only place waste in landfill as a last resort.

Actions that aim to improve the site for residents include:

  • placing less in landfill
  • moving around the site safely
  • knowing what to drop off and where
  • reducing, recycling and reusing as much as possible

Stotts Creek Resource Recovery Centre will remain open during all construction. We ask residents to take care and be aware – of workers, signs and speeds.

Let’s keep everyone safe.


Master Plan actions and phases

Phase 1: Improve the layout and site design for all users.



1. Organics Processing Facility

The new organics facility will be the largest in the Northern Rivers. The compost product made from green waste will reduce the volume of organics going into landfill. See video.



2. Site Entrance Overhaul

This action will solve site access issues especially during floods while upgrading existing areas. By expanding more usable parking spaces, we hope to build on the popularity of Tweed JUNKtion – Tip Shop Treasures.



3. Landfill for Community Waste

The new landfill is the last one to be constructed on the current site and will hold about 11,071 collection trucks of waste - this has a 'lifespan' of about five or six years.



4. Resource Recovery Areas

Improvements to the current set up will create a more pleasant, pedestrian and traffic safe environment, particularly with improved undercover areas offering greater weather protection.



5. Water and Leachate Management

This action will better manage both water and leachate (liquid nutrient pollutant that landfills create) and accommodate extreme rainfall events.



6. Roads and Signage

To improve the customer experience and safety for all site visitors, the Master Plan includes the revamp of signs and roads throughout the site and introduce clearly separated lanes and marked signs to improve the customer experience and safety for all site visitors.



Phase 2: Preparing for future landfill

Council is working towards our Towards Zero Waste goal, which has us saving 90% of waste from landfill. Securing land space for the community’s future landfill waste is also a longer term goal.

Planning for our future waste is very important as:

  • some products can’t be recycled or reused
  • some problem waste still needs to go to landfill
  • with current waste behaviours in the community, the landfill currently being built will be full in about 5 to 7 years with current waste behaviours.

We need to prepare even when the aim is to place less waste into landfill, preparation is needed. Space is limited, approvals are rigorous and time sensitive.

This will be part of the last stage of the Master Plan.


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