Mount Isa City Council has approved a contract for the design of the Materials Recovery Facility building to Brisbane-based Mode Design Corp.
The matter was discussed after closed business in Council's September meeting and was carried unanimously with no public discussion.
The contract is worth $231,000 and according to its website Mode is "an international design practice, delivering world-class multidisciplinary outcomes for clients and partners throughout Australia, New Zealand and Asia."
In 2020 Council secured $6 million from the Federal Government's Building Better Regions Fund for a recycling facility.
The materials recovery facility has the potential to divert 22,000 tonnes of waste, such as cardboard, glass, steel, aluminium, plastics, green waste, timber and concrete, from going into landfill each year.
The introduction of a yellow-top residential recycling bin service would also see Mount Isa move to a single garbage collection a week.
Earlier in the meeting the council heard tenders for the MRF construction are currently being evaluated and should be complete by the end of the month.
"Analysis of the tenders includes operational vs capital costs, revenue impacts of a higher level of sorting, the cost impact of sorting commercial and industrial waste in terms of both operations and the landfill levy, and ongoing maintenance costs for the facility," the council report said.
The meeting also heard domestic waste collection Services were delayed during August, especially towards the end of the month due to a fire.
"Waste management experienced a fire in the back of one of the garbage trucks, which had to be disposed of in the middle of Transfield Avenue, it is uncertain at this time what was the initial cause of the fire igniting," the Council report said.
"This fire caused damage to the computer in the hopper requiring the truck to be off the road for a number of days."
The new waste trucks were still "six to seven weeks" away, the meeting heard.
Meanwhile with Camooweal tip remaining closed, Council heard they were considering a transfer station drive-up tip solution.
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