Cherbourg's recycling centre may be under threat.
Cherbourg's recycling centre may be under threat. Alistair Brightman

Demand may kill program

HIGH demand for recycling services is threatening a Cherbourg recycling program.

The program is under threat because it needs a $150,000 commercial baler to keep up with demand.

Manager Andrew Beckett said without access to larger machines the plant would struggle to continue operation.

The plant uses small balers capable of processing up to two tonnes of recyclable material each day, with each bale weighing 170kg and taking 20 minutes to produce.

Commercial balers can process up to eight tonnes each day, generating individual bales of 500kg in a shorter amount of time.

Mr Beckett said workers were spending their days off trying to catch up processing material.

And if the South Burnett Regional Council started kerbside recycling, the plant would not be able to cope.

"We're not sure, when, where or how the South Burnett will start kerbside collection, and that would be a game changer for us, but we still need the equipment to handle that volume," Mr Beckett said.

Three applications for funding have been lodged, including one through Royalties for Regions, but Mr Beckett fears the project will be threatened if the applications are rejected.

A grant of $10,000 was announced last week to upgrade equipment at the facility.

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