Burdekin residents can now recycle their electronic waste at the Ayr and Home Hill Waste Transfer Stations.
Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said this service was free for residents as part of Council’s sorted waste system.
“Residents are already able to take their sorted household waste to our waste transfer stations and dump it for free,” she said.
“Now they can take their old or broken televisions, computers and accessories such as monitors and hard drives, DVD players, keyboards and other accessories, ensuring that they do not go into landfill.
“E-waste will be collected in skip bins at the Ayr and Home Hill Waste Transfer Stations and once they are full the bins will be taken to an e-waste recycling facility in Mackay as a part of the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme.”
Cr McLaughlin said Council had previously had an e-waste service at Ayr Waste Transfer Station, but the company collecting the e-waste has ceased collections due to reductions in recycling targets for the Scheme at the time.
“Electronic devices are getting cheaper and it’s often easier to buy a new item than repair it and the old items end up in our landfill,” she said.
“We need to ensure whatever can be recycled is recycled and that only essential waste is going to landfill to help reduce the financial impact on our ratepayers.”
The Ayr Waste Transfer Station is open seven days a week from 9am to 5pm. The Home Hill Waste Transfer Station is open seven days a week from 10am to 5pm.