Burdekin residents who sort their domestic waste are now able to dump it for free at the Shire’s waste transfer stations and Kirknie Road Landfill.
Mayor Bill Lowis said it was hoped the move would encourage greater recycling and a reduction of illegal dumping.
“This policy replaced the voucher system where ratepayers used four vouchers to take domestic general waste to a waste transfer station or Kirknie Road Landfill,” he said.
“So long as residents sort their waste so that recyclables etc are separated from domestic waste, the domestic waste can be disposed of for no charge at the transfer station or landfill. Domestic waste is what normally goes into the red bin.
“However, those who don’t sort their waste will still be charged.
“Landfill cells are expensive and if we can educate residents toward reducing their general waste and recycle more items then we can delay the need for these cells.”
Sorted demolition material from home renovations will not be accepted at transfer stations, but will be accepted at the Kirknie Road Landfill at no charge. This includes kitchen cupboards, tiles, and other building materials.
Fees will continue to be charged for commercial, industrial waste and certain recyclable items.
This year’s Budget included:
- $80,000 for design of a cell liner for Kirknie Landfill;
- $75,000 for upgrading the Ayr Waste Transfer Station;
- $10,000 for Giru Waste Transfer Station Oil Shed;
- $35,000 for Kirknie Landfill Greenwaste Pad.
Full details of waste acceptance criteria are available on council’s website.