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A COURT has given Transpacific Industries approval to dump more than 200,000 tonnes a year of waste at an Ipswich dump.

The Planning and Environment Court ruled Ipswich City Council had no power to limit waste dumped at the New Chum site, while Transpacific said it confirmed it abided by the original permit.

Transpacific was granted a permit by the council 13 years ago, which Judge Robin ruled "left the impression" the annual waste dumped wouldn't exceed 50,000 tonnes.

Among the materials considered as general waste are asbestos and dump protest group IRATE claims to have evidence of other toxic waste being dumped.

Councillors fear the decision will lead to hundreds of semi-trailers heading down the Ipswich Motorway and unlimited waste dumped at the site.

Planning and Development chairman Paul Tully said the court's decision was "extremely disappointing and a travesty of justice for the community".

"We have believed for 13 years the 1999 decision limited the amount of waste to 50,000 tonnes each year," he said.

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said he was also extremely disappointed by the decision.

"We intend to make representations to the State Government to explore every avenue to limit the amount of waste going into the Transpacific site," Cr Pisasale said.

A Transpacific spokesman said it was "committed to sustainable waste management practices and to being a valued member of the Ipswich community".

"The decision confirms volumes currently accepted at Transpacific New Chum site are in line with the ICC consent permit issued in 1999," the spokesman said.

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