Waste and Recycling

Waste Bins

Do you know how much waste you make?

Each Australian contributes around one tonne of waste each year – a mixture of household garbage and industrial waste.

In the urban areas of the Burdekin Shire (Ayr, Home Hill, Brandon, Giru, and Alva) we have adopted a three bin waste management system that provides waste, recycling and green waste facilities to all households.

In the remainder of the waste collection area we have a two bin system for waste and recycling.

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    Getting Burdekin Business Busy Recycling

    Waste disposal can be a costly exercise for businesses. By reducing the amount of waste that ends up in landfill, your business can potentially reduce these costs and at the same time helping to build a sustainable community.

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    The Getting Burdekin Businesses Busy Recycling project is well under way, with a number of local businesses taking advantage of a free waste audit.

    Waste disposal can be a costly exercise for businesses. By reducing the amount of waste that ends up in landfill, your business can potentially reduce these costs and at the same time helping to build a sustainable community. There are a number of actions that businesses can perform to minimise waste:

    Reduce

    Excess packaging is a big issue. Can you find alternative products with less packaging? Can you buy in bulk?

    Reuse

    Can you reuse containers or packaging material around your business? You can save on disposal costs as well as the costs of buying unnecessary items.

    Recycle

    Recycling should be easy and is generally cheaper than disposing of waste in the general waste stream. In order to get the most out of recycling for your business you may want to consider the following:

    • Are you and your staff aware or what can be recycled?
    • Can you make it easier to recycle? We are all very busy and recycling should be a simple and quick process once it is set up to suit your business’ needs. Bin location and staff training can help in making recycling a simple part of your everyday tasks. Implementing waste separation bins means

    Waste audits can assist your business assess current waste practices in your business and take around 30 minutes to an hour. A waste audit determines:

    • The types of waste produced
    • How this waste is being disposed of currently
    • Identifies the barriers and constraints to current recycling practices.
    • Identifies opportunities to reduce or reuse waste
    • Identifies opportunities to recycle waste

    Sometimes small changes in the workplace can make a big difference when it comes to reducing waste and costs.

    Help is available to address waste disposal issues in your business. There is still time to book in a free waste audit. We have free source separation bins available to business that may benefit from a system to help make recycling easier. We also have poster, magnets and stickers available and a Waste FAQ which may help in answering questions you have about waste.

    Council officers are currently visiting local businesses to offer our services.

    Get Recycling

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    North Queensland’s Waste Reduction and Recycling Plan

    The North Queensland Regional Waste Reduction and Recycling Plan is now finalised. Have look at what it means for the future of waste and recycling in the Burdekin.

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    The councils of Burdekin, Townsville, Charters Towers and Hinchinbrook not only collaborated together but also engaged with the local communities to develop the NQ Regional Waste Reduction and Recycling Plan. You can download the plan using the following link:

    The plan sets out how our local communities will manage waste in the future.

    The Plan aims to provide a coordinated approach to promote waste avoidance and reduction, encourage efficiencies across the council regions and modernise waste management.

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    Recycling

    Recycling is not only environmentally friendly but can be extremely cost effective. You are encouraged to separate materials for recycling to ensure that waste is not disposed to the Landfill unnecessarily. Council imposes a nil/minimum fee for items that can be reprocessed and placed into the designated recycling areas i.e. metals, paper/cardboard, green waste, timber and second-hand household items.

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    The Burdekin Shire Council Kirknie Road Landfill receives vast quantities of waste on a daily basis and the cost of ongoing management is extremely expensive. Unfortunately a large proportion of this waste is potentially recyclable. All persons are encouraged to separate materials for recycling to ensure that waste is not disposed to the Landfill unnecessarily.

    Recycling is not only environmentally friendly but can be extremely cost effective. Council imposes a nil/minimum fee for items that can be reprocessed and placed into the designated recycling areas i.e. metals, paper/cardboard, green waste, timber and second-hand household items.

    Council provides a recycling service for the following items and strongly encourages public use of this service.

    • TYRES (with/without rims)
    • BATTERIES
    • WHITE GOODS
    • HOUSEHOLD ITEMS (i.e. bicycles, garden items etc)
    • WASTE OIL
    • PETROLEUM PRODUCTS
    • OIL FILTERS
    • CAR BODIES
    • ALUMINIUM CANS
    • GLASS BOTTLES/JARS
    • SCRAP METAL
    • GREENWASTE and TIMBER

    Please note that you will need to sort your waste into the relevant categories above and cardboard needs to be flat packed.

    Who to Contact

    For further information on recycling please use any of the following contact methods and a Customer Service Officer will be able to help.

    Please contact the Customer Service Centre using the Online Contact Form.

    You can also contact the Customer Service Centre using one of the following methods.

    Customer Service Centre
    Location145 Young Street,
    Ayr QLD 4807
    Postal AddressPO Box 974
    Ayr QLD 4807
    Opening hours8am – 5pm, Monday to Friday (except Public Holidays)
    Phone(07) 4783 9800 – Business hours
    (07) 4783 9800 – After hours (the same number)
    Fax(07) 4783 9999
    SMS0437 886 008
    Email
    OnlineUse the Online Contact Form
     
    Building Certification and Plumbing Officers
    Early OpeningPlease phone (07) 4783 9942 if you need access the Building and Plumbing Department between 7am – 8am, Monday to Friday.
     
    Media Enquiries
    For all media enquiries please email
     
    Compliments and Complaints
    The Burdekin Shire Council is committed to an open and friendly relationship with members of our community.  Whether you’re telling us what we do well, or how we can improve, your feedback is important to us.If you would like to provide a compliment or complaint regarding actions or decisions made by Council, or by one of our councillors or officers, please visit the
    > Complaints, compliments and suggestions page.

    Privacy Notice

    We will only use personal information provided in your email to address the subject matter of your email. This may involve passing on your email to other areas within the council. We will not disclose your personal information to other government agencies, organisations or anyone else unless one of the following applies:

    • you consented to the disclosure
    • you would have a reasonable expectation that your personal information would be disclosed
    • it is required or authorised by law
    • it will prevent or lessen a serious threat to somebody’s life or health; and
    • the disclosure is reasonably necessary for a law enforcement activity.

    Your email address details will not be added to a mailing list. Email messages may be monitored by our information technology staff for system trouble-shooting and maintenance purposes.

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    Waste Collection

    Waste is collected from the kerbside once a week for both domestic and commercial premises.

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    Waste is collected from the kerbside once a week for domestic and commercial premises.

    All households in the towns of Ayr, Home Hill, Brandon, Giru, and Alva have a three bin system.

    • Red Lid – General Waste – Collected each week
    • Yellow Lid – Recyclable Waste – Collected fortnightly
    • Green Lid – Green Waste – Collected fortnightly,  on the alternate week to the recycling bin.

    Rural households areas have a two bin system.

    • Red Lid – General Waste – Collected each week
    • Yellow Lid – Recyclable Waste – Collected fortnightly

    Check the collection day for your area using one of the following methods.

    The following provides more information about these services.

    Who to Contact

    For further information regarding waste collection please use any of the following contact methods and a Customer Service Officer will be able to help.

    Please contact the Customer Service Centre using the Online Contact Form.

    You can also contact the Customer Service Centre using one of the following methods.

    Customer Service Centre
    Location145 Young Street,
    Ayr QLD 4807
    Postal AddressPO Box 974
    Ayr QLD 4807
    Opening hours8am – 5pm, Monday to Friday (except Public Holidays)
    Phone(07) 4783 9800 – Business hours
    (07) 4783 9800 – After hours (the same number)
    Fax(07) 4783 9999
    SMS0437 886 008
    Email
    OnlineUse the Online Contact Form
     
    Building Certification and Plumbing Officers
    Early OpeningPlease phone (07) 4783 9942 if you need access the Building and Plumbing Department between 7am – 8am, Monday to Friday.
     
    Media Enquiries
    For all media enquiries please email
     
    Compliments and Complaints
    The Burdekin Shire Council is committed to an open and friendly relationship with members of our community.  Whether you’re telling us what we do well, or how we can improve, your feedback is important to us.If you would like to provide a compliment or complaint regarding actions or decisions made by Council, or by one of our councillors or officers, please visit the
    > Complaints, compliments and suggestions page.

    Privacy Notice

    We will only use personal information provided in your email to address the subject matter of your email. This may involve passing on your email to other areas within the council. We will not disclose your personal information to other government agencies, organisations or anyone else unless one of the following applies:

    • you consented to the disclosure
    • you would have a reasonable expectation that your personal information would be disclosed
    • it is required or authorised by law
    • it will prevent or lessen a serious threat to somebody’s life or health; and
    • the disclosure is reasonably necessary for a law enforcement activity.

    Your email address details will not be added to a mailing list. Email messages may be monitored by our information technology staff for system trouble-shooting and maintenance purposes.

  • Waste Disposal

    There are five locations in the Burdekin Shire where you can dispose of waste. The location and opening times are provided for your information.

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    There are five locations in the Burdekin Shire where you can dispose of waste.

    Location and opening times of the waste disposal sites

    To ensure your visit to these sites is hassle free please follow the safety instructions provided.  Please always follow the directions of the attendant on site.

    Please note that the Kirknie Landfill and all the Transfer Stations are closed Christmas Day and Good Friday.

    Greenwaste

    Greenwaste can be deposited for free to Council’s Transfer Stations and landfill.  Tree stumps over 0.3m diameter must be taken to the Kirknie Landfill and incur a charge per cubic metre.

    Mulch is free to take in domestic quantities and commerical quantities will incur a charge.  Please note that mulch must be loaded by the person taking it.

    Who to Contact

    For further information regarding waste disposal please use any of the following contact methods and a Customer Service Officer will be able to help.

    Please contact the Customer Service Centre using the Online Contact Form.

    You can also contact the Customer Service Centre using one of the following methods.

    Customer Service Centre
    Location145 Young Street,
    Ayr QLD 4807
    Postal AddressPO Box 974
    Ayr QLD 4807
    Opening hours8am – 5pm, Monday to Friday (except Public Holidays)
    Phone(07) 4783 9800 – Business hours
    (07) 4783 9800 – After hours (the same number)
    Fax(07) 4783 9999
    SMS0437 886 008
    Email
    OnlineUse the Online Contact Form
     
    Building Certification and Plumbing Officers
    Early OpeningPlease phone (07) 4783 9942 if you need access the Building and Plumbing Department between 7am – 8am, Monday to Friday.
     
    Media Enquiries
    For all media enquiries please email
     
    Compliments and Complaints
    The Burdekin Shire Council is committed to an open and friendly relationship with members of our community.  Whether you’re telling us what we do well, or how we can improve, your feedback is important to us.If you would like to provide a compliment or complaint regarding actions or decisions made by Council, or by one of our councillors or officers, please visit the
    > Complaints, compliments and suggestions page.

    Privacy Notice

    We will only use personal information provided in your email to address the subject matter of your email. This may involve passing on your email to other areas within the council. We will not disclose your personal information to other government agencies, organisations or anyone else unless one of the following applies:

    • you consented to the disclosure
    • you would have a reasonable expectation that your personal information would be disclosed
    • it is required or authorised by law
    • it will prevent or lessen a serious threat to somebody’s life or health; and
    • the disclosure is reasonably necessary for a law enforcement activity.

    Your email address details will not be added to a mailing list. Email messages may be monitored by our information technology staff for system trouble-shooting and maintenance purposes.

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    What Bin Day

    Find out when your rubbish bin gets collected and if it's recycling week.
    Use the What Bin Day online search facility or the iPhone/Android App to check when your bins will be collected.

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    Online Search

    Need help to put out the right bin on the right day?

    In a busy modern society it can be hard to remember the small things.

    What day is it? Which bins need to be put out on the street? Is it a recycling or a green bin this week?

    Simply click on the link below and enter your address to find out when your bins will be collected.

    You can even print a 12 month calendar showing all your bin collections for the current year.

    Check when your bins are collected

    (You will need Internet Explorer 7 or later, or any other modern browser.)

    For more information visit the What Bin Day web site.

    Mobile App

    You can also use the “What Bin Day App” for your iPhone and Android devices to help you remember what bin is being collected from your home this week and when.

    Watch the “What Bin Day” demo on YouTube.

    The App uses a custom built service that just needs your address to determine a bin collection schedule.

    Download the App from Google Play or the Apple Store for free today and try it out.

    For a low price of $1 AUD you can also upgrade the App to the full version which unlocks a slew of new features!

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