Fire at Kirknie Landfill under control

A fire at the Kirknie Road Landfill this week has prompted the Burdekin Shire Council to remind residents not to put potentially explosive materials into their bins.

Burdekin Shire Council Environmental Health Manager Tracy Jensen said Monday’s fire at the landfill was caused by a small explosion.

“We have the fire under control, but it will continue to smoulder for some time,” she said.

“Council officers will continue to monitor the situation.”

Ms Jensen said residents should be careful what they placed in their bins or transfer station bins as some items might explode under compaction.

“Items that may cause explosions or fires include gas bottles, marine flares, ammunition of any sort, ash or burning material and hazardous chemicals,” she said.

“There are also a number of other things which are not approved to go to landfill including liquids and sludges of any sort, tyres, radioactive materials, chemicals (including farm chemicals) and infectious wastes.”

For further information please visit Council’s website or contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800.

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