Burdekin residents who are renovating their homes are being reminded to take their waste to Kirknie Road Landfill.
Council’s Environment and Health Manager Tracy Jensen said construction and demolition waste was not accepted at the Shire’s transfer stations.
“It is the time of year when many people think of undertaking work around their home, either as a storm season clean-up or updating their homes,” she said.
“Waste consisting of concrete, bricks, wall-cladding material etc is not accepted at the transfer stations and many residents are not aware of this.
“In the last few weeks we have had quite a lot of people trying to take this type of waste to their local transfer station and were turned away as construction and demolition waste is only accepted at the Kirknie Road Landfill,” she said.
“A lot of people try to save money by doing the work themselves or try to save money with contractors by removing the waste themselves.
“Our transfer stations are only for residential and small volumes of commercial waste. Trailer loads and larger volumes take up a lot of bin space that could be otherwise used by residents.
“The Kirknie Road Landfill has the capacity to store and treat materials such as concrete and timber to prevent these materials going to landfill.”
Ms Jensen encouraged residents disposing of construction and demolition waste to separate materials.
“We have incentives in place for this. There are no fees for scrap metal or untreated timber and minimal charges for separated concrete,” she said.
“However, unsorted material that is disposed of to landfill is charged at $100 per tonne.”
Ms Jensen also reminded residents to take extra precautions when working on older houses.
“Many older houses contain asbestos which requires specialist handling, transport and disposal,” she said.
“Asbestos must not be put in the household bins as this will contaminate the whole load.
“Transfer stations will also reject logs and stumps in excess of 300mm in diameter as these require additional shearing and processing. These items are accepted only at Kirknie.
“However if people cut these larger items up they can be part of their free greenwaste disposal.”
The Kirknie Road Landfill is open 8.30am to 4.30 each weekday and 8am to noon on Saturdays.
All waste facilities will be closed Christmas Day.