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.

  • North Queensland’s Waste Reduction and Recycling Plan

    The North Queensland Waste Reduction and Recycling Plan is currently being drafted.
    Community consultation included an online survey between 17 February and 21 March 2014 and an invitation for our local community to review the draft plan until 11 July 2014.
    View the draft plan now!

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    North Qld Waste Reduction and Recycling Plan.

    Burdekin Shire Council (BSC) in collaboration with Townsville City Council (TCC), Hinchinbrook Shire Council (HSC) and Charters Towers Regional Council (CTRC) has developed the North Queensland Regional Waste Reduction and Recycling Plan (the Plan) which sets out how our local communities will manage waste in the future.

    What is the Plan?

    The Plan will define the future direction of waste management in our local government areas. It is currently being endorsed by each of the participating councils.

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

    The State Government also will review it so they have a holistic approach to waste management for the entire State.

    The Plan has an indefinite lifespan as it will be reviewed regularly and updated accordingly. Timeframes for the reviews and updates will be identified in the final version of the Plan.

    Why are we collaborating?

    By collaborating together the four councils could identify shared waste management services that could potentially create new or maximise existing benefits, investigate the possibilities of sharing infrastructure and expertise and delivering better regional outcomes, maximising potential efficiencies and productivities.

    Engaging stakeholders and the community

    Understanding the community’s attitude and aspirations for waste reduction and recycling is a core part of identifying the current waste management situation as well as its future direction.

    The community’s input to the development of the regional Plan has been critical in helping develop the plan.

     

    Thanks for the feedback – we heard you loud and clear

    Consultation for the Plan was undertaken over five weeks during February and March 2014. This was undertaken to help us understand how the community wants to manage waste in the future.

    More than 400 survey responses were received from across Townsville, Hinchinbrook, Burdekin and Charters Towers council areas in addition to one on one consultation with local businesses.

    Based on feedback received, specific actions have been developed for each council: .

    FeedbackAction (needs to be updated as per WRRP draft)
    Avoidance and waste reduction
    Desire for increased public education of waste issues and services.Develop and deliver a regional awareness raising campaign to increase public understanding and engagement of waste avoidance and reduction.
    Landfill diversion
    Review of services provided during cyclone season.Develop a strategy for management of wastes generated by man-made and natural disasters.
    (CTRC ONLY) Desire for provision of kerbside recycling.Charters Towers Regional Council to carry out a detailed feasibility study for introducing kerbside recycling.
    (TCC only) Desire for provision of green waste collection at the kerbside.Townsville City Council to consider a detailed feasibility study for introducing organics (food and/or garden wastes) collections at the kerbside.
    Protecting Human Health and Environment
    (BSC only) The importance of Drum Muster and collections for other hazardous waste.Burdekin Shire Council to define problem waste and identify local initiatives for managing this waste.
    (HSC only) Better education systems and more policing of throwing rubbish out of the car.Hinchinbrook Shire Council to support state and regional initiatives and programs on litter reduction and illegal dumping and actively spread the message to local communities.
    (TCC only) Desire for provision of facilities for recycling e-waste.Townsville City Council to define problem waste for the Council area and identify local initiatives for managing this waste.
    Development of Sustainability Opportunities
    Ability to recycle greater range of material.North Queensland councils to establish a regional working group to explore opportunities for providing support to local business/industry to promote new business opportunities and develop new markets for recycled products.
    Community Values and Collaboration
    (CTRC ONLY) Desire for community gardens.Charters Towers Regional Council to identify opportunities to work with community organisations in the local areas to support the activities in the Plan.
    (HSC only) Concentrate on providing local services of a high standard.Hinchinbrook Shire Council to carry out regular consultation with residents to assess levels of satisfaction with waste services.
    (TCC only) Community compost program to reduce green and food waste and allow people to buy cheaply.Townsville City Council to provide support to community waste prevention and reuse programs.

     

    NQ Regional Waste Reduction and Recycling Plan
    NQ Regional WRRP Councils

  • Recycling Dont Bag Your Recyclables

    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 emal 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 Bins

    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 emal 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 emal 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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