Tweed flood clean-up

Household items ruined from flood

Overview

Tweed Shire Council, the NSW Government (NSW Public Works), Australian Defence Force (ADF), Rural Fire Service (RFS), and waste contractors partnered together for the large-scale clean-up operation. This followed the worst floods in the Tweed’s recorded history in February and March 2022.

Council’s free flood kerbside clean-up operation took approximately 9 weeks and was completed in late April 2022.

Flood clean-up summary

More than 17,200 tonnes of flood waste was collected and delivered to Stotts Creek Resource Recovery Centre. From here it was processed and exported to a large commercial landfill in southeast Queensland.

The amount of flood waste collected was less than the 2017 flood when almost 20,000 tonnes was landfilled. However, the 2022 floods were more widespread across the Tweed.

Council also collected and removed approximately 45,000 tonnes of fill material such as mud and trees from clearing the Tweed’s roads. This equates to approximately 3,500 truck movements. This fill was processed at a purpose-built temporary site at Eviron and the majority of materials will be reused. This is compared to the 2017 flood where 25,000 tonnes of fill was diverted, processed and reused.

More than 1,250 tonnes of Asbestos Containing Material (ACM) was collected and disposed of at the Stotts Creek Resource Recovery Centre. Asbestos was accepted from the Tweed and regions across the Northern Rivers.

As part of the clean-up operations, 19 vehicles were impounded with 10 yet to be collected by their owners.

Cleaning up safely

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