Cleanaway New Chum - Solid Waste Services

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Cleanaway New Chum - Solid Waste Services

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Solid waste services
About us

Cleanaway is proud to operate the New Chum Landfill on behalf of the community. This engineered landfill plays an important role in helping manage society’s residual wastes that are unfeasible or uneconomic to recycle.

The landfill is located within a zoned industrial precinct on the site of the former largest opencut coalmine in the Ipswich suburb of New Chum and has been operating since 1998. Most of our employees at the site live locally.

Although currently closed, the site services the demolition, construction and industrial markets within South East Queensland and Northern NSW. This site is licenced, regulated by the Queensland Department of Environment and Science to accept inert waste streams, including construction waste, industrial waste and various contaminated soils.

Planning and Environment Court decision

You may have read about Cleanaway’s recent decision not to appeal the Planning and Environment Court’s decision that would have allowed for additional airspace capacity at the New Chum Landfill and Resource Recovery Facility. This is an important development for Cleanaway, the community, and our staff, which will have an impact on the future operations of the site.

Cleanaway remains committed to engaging with the community and we are pleased to provide the latest information regarding the operation of our New Chum Landfill and Resource Recovery Facility. For more information, download the latest edition of our Community Newsletter.

Community Benefit Fund

Cleanaway’s New Chum Landfill Community Benefit Fund is an annual grants program that supports diverse community programs across Ipswich.

You can view the projects we funded in .

Round 3 NOW OPEN – closing date 19 April 2024

We are calling for funding applications from not for profit groups across the Ipswich area.

If you have a project that will make a difference to your local community or the environment, then you can apply using this Application Form.

Please refer to the Guidelines for details on eligibility, criteria and key milestone dates.

If you would like to discuss your application and or eligibility, please contact Olga Ghiri on 0478316237 or email

Our Previous Grand Recipients

All grant recipients are assessed against a range of criteria and selected on the merits of their project and benefit to the local community.

Cleanaway is proud to once again partner with the local community to help make a sustainable future possible together.In 2023, Cleanaway awarded a total of $50,000 in grants to nine community groups from across the Ipswich area to fund community wellbeing projects including welfare programs, sports participation, youth support and community connectivity.

Congratulations to all of the grant recipients of the New Chum Community Benefit Fund, each of whom are listed below. We look forward to keeping you up to date with their progress throughout the year.

If you have an initiative that will make a difference to your local community or the environment, find out how you can apply in 2024 by contacting Olga Ghiri on 0478 316 237 or email

Community group: Ipswich Basketball Association, Booval QLD

Project: U14 Ipswich Representative Boys Team

Grant will cover travel expenses for three (3) boys from the Ipswich Basketball Under 14 team to compete in the QLD State Championships in Townsville in June 2023.

Funding: $3,000.00

Community group: Ipswich Genealogical Society, New Chum QLD

Project: New Air-conditioners for “Brigg House” Cooneana Heritage Centre

Grant will fund the purchase and installation of two air-conditioners at “Brigg House” Cooneana Heritage Centre in New Chum, providing a more comfortable space for members and visitors to research family history and preserve original historic documents.

Funding: $3,800.00

Community group: Murri Taipans Sporting Association, Bundamba QLD

Project: Connecting Mob Through Sport

Grant will subsidise a portion of the cost of uniforms enabling local families to participate in netball and softball.

Funding: $10,000.00

Community group: Queensland Youth and Family Support Services, Riverview QLD

Project: Breakfast Club

The grant will fund a Breakfast Club in Riverview providing struggling families with a safe place for children to eat breakfast and provides sandwiches and fruit to take to school.

Funding: $4,000.00

Community group: Redbank Plains State High School, Redbank Plains QLD

Project: PrepL Program – Learners Driving Licence

Grant will fund the cost of PrepL Permits for 159 Year 12 students so they can graduate with a driver’s licence and have a crucial advantage in gaining employment.

Funding: $4,600.00

Community group: Riverview State School, Riverview QLD

Project: Instrumental Music

The grant will enable Riverview State School to purchase instruments: 36 band folders, 3 Flutes, 4 Clarinets, 2 Trumpets, 1 Euphonium and 3 Valves enabling their musical students to participate in a band and perform at community events.

Funding: $10,000.00

Community group: Skate Synergy Roller Sports Club, Bundamba QLD

Project: Roller Training

The funding covers insurance costs and will subsidise 24 weeks of training for passionate skaters with an accredited coach who will volunteer his time to support this growing sport.

Funding: $5,000.00

Dinmore Bushrats Soccer ClubCommunity group: Dinmore Bushrats Soccer Club, Dinmore QLD

Project: Training Equipment Renewal

Grant will enable the club to purchase updated training equipment.

Funding: $4,000.00

HeartbeatzCommunity group: Every Nation, Riverview QLD

Project: Heartbeatz

Funding for a music production and mentoring space for teenagers in Ipswich to find their voice and tell their own story through lyric writing, musical composition, recording and presentation of their own musical project.

Funding: $5,600.00


Operational update

The site has been closed and has not accepted any new waste material since March 2022 following the unprecedented flooding event that inundated parts of South East Queensland.

There is no fixed timeline for the site to reopen or for work to continue on Cell 3B, which was impacted by the flooding. Cell 3B is the final cell that can receive waste at the site.

All other cells have been filled and formally closed. Final capping is being laid down and phytocapping is underway as the final stage of rehabilitation. Phytocapping is an eco-friendly, cost-effective method that provides a natural barrier with native vegetation to deter water infiltration into the filled material.

Cleanaway is partnering with Griffith University in developing an innovative native plant based phytocapping to revitalise ecosystems on our capped cells. Check out the Griffith University phytocapping project video here.

Landfill gas management

Landfill gas is produced in all landfill sites by decomposition of organic matter and is composed mostly of methane and carbon dioxide, along with small amounts of water vapour and other gases.

Cleanaway, in line with best practice, seeks to collect and burn the landfill gas in a safe and environmentally responsible way.

This is done through wells that are connected by an extraction network, with more than 120 now in operation onsite. They are connected to a landfill gas flare, which is the safest and most environmentally friendly treatment, while discussions around converting the captured gas to energy continue.

New Chum Community Reference Group (CRG)

Cleanaway is a proud member of the community and is committed to working with local residents and organisations. In line with this approach, Cleanaway re-established the New Chum Community Reference Group (CRG) in response to the flooding and odour issues caused by the severe wet weather events in the first half of 2022.

We advertised the initiative and invited the local community to nominate to be part of the CRG. We received a strong response and our monthly gatherings have been informative, illuminating and allowed an exchange of information that has been valuable for all parties.

Minutes of the meetings are below.

Date What Downloads
April 3, 2024 Meeting Minutes New Chum CRG – April 2024
March 6, 2024 Meeting Minutes New Chum CRG – March 2024
February 7, 2024 Meeting Minutes New Chum CRG – February 2024
December 6, 2023 Meeting Minutes New Chum CRG – December 2023
November 8, 2023 Meeting Minutes New Chum CRG – November 2023
October 4, 2023 Meeting Minutes New Chum CRG – October 2023
September 6, 2023 Meeting Minutes New Chum CRG – September 2023
August 9, 2023 Meeting Minutes New Chum CRG – August 2023
July 12, 2023 Meeting Minutes New Chum CRG – July 2023
June 7, 2023 Meeting Minutes New Chum CRG – June 2023
May 3, 2023 Meeting Minutes New Chum CRG – May 2023
April 5, 2023 Meeting Minutes New Chum CRG – April 2023
March 8, 2023 Meeting Minutes New Chum CRG – March 2023
February 8, 2023 Meeting Minutes New Chum CRG – February 2023
December 7, 2022 Meeting Minutes New Chum CRG – December 2022
October 12, 2022 Meeting Minutes New Chum CRG – October 2022
September 7, 2022 Meeting Minutes New Chum CRG – Sept 2022
August 3, 2022 Meeting Minutes New Chum CRG – Aug 2022
Stay up to date

To stay up to date with our operations at New Chum, please check this page regularly. We will also continue to provide updates on our flood remediation efforts to the local community through our social media channels and a community newsletter delivered to households in the area.

You can send us a message or for more information on the New Chum flood remediation, call the hotline on 1800 319 815.

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Concrete and Demolition Debris

We accept a variety of demolition debris including broken bricks, concrete, tiles and rubble.

Contaminated Soil

Soil contamination is usually caused by past industrial activity, use of agricultural chemicals or disposal of waste.