New Chum Landfill, Ipswich, QLD

New Chum Landfill, Ipswich, QLD

Status: Operational

We are committed to providing sustainable waste management services for Ipswich and wider regions residential and business communities. Our New Chum site, an engineered landfill, is located within a zoned industrial precinct on the site of a former coalmine and has been operating since 1998. Cleanaway’s New Chum site accepts commercial and industrial waste in fully lined cells, and is licensed and regulated by the Queensland Department of Environment and Science.

The New Chum site receives waste from the local Ipswich community as well as the broader community. Our license enables us to accept over 200,000 tonnes per annum. All of the materials that are accepted and stored onsite are publically displayed on a sign at the gate, and include construction waste, dry commercial waste and soils. The site is also licensed to accept limited regulated waste (including asbestos).

Wherever we are in Australia, we like to contribute to the local community as much as we can. Cleanaway’s New Chum Community Benefit Fund provides a pool of $50,000 annually for grants to communitebby organisations and their projects. In 2014/15 we helped fund the Riverview Community Centre’s holiday care program by providing hi-tech pads and mats for the Ipswich Karate Association, and assistance to several other programs. We have also established a Community Reference Group to help provide further information about our facility. We want local communities to thrive and be sustainable. Our aim is for this to be reflected in everything we do as a business. The Fund is administered by the New Chum Benefit Fund Committee, responsible for determining where funds are to be allocated within the New Chum community. Applications for funding community projects may be submitted by any person or organisation that concern projects within the vicinity of the New Chum Landfill (including Collingwood Park, Riverview, Dinmore and Ebbw Vale). A list of previous funding recipients can be found here, while the application form can be found here and the guidelines for the New Chum Community Benefit Fund can be found here.

To be considered, applications for funding need to show how they support:

  • Education programs
  • Training and employment
  • Community benefit projects
  • Community sporting activities

Applications for the fund are communicated through the Community Reference Group (refer below meeting information).

Community meetings

The New Chum Community Reference Group (CRG) was established in 2013. The CRG is there to provide the community with an opportunity to keep up to date with the development and operation of landfill, including the construction of new cells, site remediation and proposed uses of the land post-closure. The CRG is made up of members of the management team, residents and representatives from council and Department of Environment and Science. The CRG meets every three months and is independently facilitated. The group is governed by an agreed Terms of Reference. Key achievements of the CRG include:

  • A regeneration project conducted with local school students in 2014, with over 120 indigenous shrubs planted at the New Chum landfill site, in a buffer area to help create a vegetation corridor link with the adjacent Six Mile Creek.
  • A Community Benefit Fund was established in 2015 to benefit the community surrounding the New Chum Landfill.  A committee, made up of representatives from Cleanaway and the local community, considers applications that aligned to education programs, training and employment, community benefit projects or community sporting activities.

For further information, please click on the below community meeting links.