Burdekin Shire Council is now taking most agricultural plastics for free when delivered to the Home Hill Transfer Station.
Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said it made sense these plastics, with the exception of plastic mulch, would be accepted in an agricultural region such as the Burdekin.
“Our farmers use a lot of plastics in the production of their crops and Council is confident this service will help reduce the burning or illegal dumping of this waste,” she said.
“Agricultural plastics – such as fluming, plastic drums which have not been used for fertiliser, plastic film such as pallet wrap and cotton bale wrap, commercial bread baskets and milk crates, poly and high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipes – will all be accepted at the Home Hill Transfer Station.
“We ask primary producers to ensure the plastics are thoroughly cleaned and non-contaminated before dropping it off.”
Cr McLaughlin said these plastics would be collected and recycled into different products.
“Recycling Design Technologies will collect the plastics for use in producing plastic sheets, outdoor eco furniture, eco timber and plastic bollards,” she said.
“To ensure the plastic can be recycled it is important that all excessive residual plant material and dirt to be removed from the plastic waste.
“Council is also asking all users of the service to adhere to transfer station operator’s unloading instructions.”
Home Hill Transfer Station is open Monday–Friday from 10am until 5pm.
Tips for preparing plastics for drop off at the transfer station:
- Tape rolls or coils to be rolled as tightly as possible
- Roll size to be about 1m in diameter
- Separate trickle tape from mulch
- Stack coils neatly at the transfer station
For further information please contact Council on 4783 9800.