Long-term partnership to tackle waste management challenges

In front of new delivery of JJ Richards trucks for green organics bin collections on the Gold Coast, Josh Evans, Executive Coordinator Waste Management, City of Gold Coast, Kathy Baker, Acting Director Water and Waste, City of Gold Coast, John Richards – JJ Richards Director, Tim Baker – CEO City of Gold Coast, Tom Richards, JJ Richards General Manager - SA, WA and South-West QLD, Chris Owen, Manager Service Delivery, City of Gold Coast.

The City of Gold Coast will partner with JJ’s Waste and Recycling to deal with the challenges of waste management on the Gold Coast, including rapidly growing population and higher density living.

At a potential value of $1.336 billion, the contract is among the largest single contract awarded by the City in the past decade. The contract will operation for the next 10 years with an option to extend for a further decade.

“The Gold Coast is expected to grow to a population of more than 870,000 by 2036 with a trend towards higher density living,” Mayor Tom Tate said.

“This coupled with high visitor numbers means the City was looking for a holistic approach to waste management as well as value for money.

“We are confident JJ’s Waste and Recycling fits these criteria and will be able to meet the challenges facing waste management including the growing population, higher density living, getting the best safety and environmental outcomes and value for money.

“JJ’s Waste & Recycling also have close ties to the Gold Coast employing more than 220 staff at depots in Molendinar and Stapylton and its national engineering facility and research and development department in Yatala.”

It is expected that in the coming years the City will contend with an increased regulatory environment and higher community expectations in relation to amenity, environment outcomes and value for money.

The scope of the work includes kerbside collection for residual waste, recyclables including bulk cardboard and green organic waste, public place bins, deceased animals, and bulk bins for commercial customers.

The City is currently working with the JJ’s Waste & Recycling team to include educational messages on collection trucks which will work across the Gold Coast.

General Manager for JJ’s Waste & Recycling, Tom Richards said: “We are excited to continue our long-term partnering relationship with the City. Residents and businesses can expect a seamless transition and continuity of the service when the new contract begins on 1 July 2024.

“We value the local knowledge and experience our team and collection drivers bring to the new contract and are excited to introduce a fleet of new state-of-the-art vehicles, incorporating the latest technology and safety features.

“To accommodate rapid growth and a changing operating environment of the City, we will continuously challenge the way waste collection services are performed to ensure they are efficient, reliable, safe and sustainable.”