Cardboard can be recycled in your yellow-lidded recycle bin. This includes items such as cardboard boxes, pizza and cereal boxes, detergent boxes and tissue boxes.
Bulky or excess cardboard can be taken to Council's Waste Transfer Stations and Kirknie Landfill for recycling. We ask that you please flatten the cardboard before placing it in the cardboard bins.
Domestic cardboard disposal is free of charge for Burdekin residents. Fees apply for commercial operators.
Domestic carpet and carpet underlay can be disposed of at Council's Waste Transfer Stations and Kirknie Landfill.
Domestic quantities are accepted free of charge if sorted.
Fees apply to commercial quantites. Please note commercial waste cannot be taken to the Clare Transfer Station.
Small offcuts can be disposed of in your red-lidded refuse wheelie bin.
Car bodies can be taken to Council's Kirknie Landfill. All tyres must be removed and the vehicle drained of any oil and fluids.
Domestic car bodies are accepted free of charge. Fees apply to commercial car bodies.
Australians send 34 printer cartridges to landfill every minute. We are urging Australians to deprive their garbage bins of electronic waste.
Printer cartridges are made up of a complex mix of plastics, metal, inks and toners and thus represent a significant investment in resources. When they are disposed of into landfill these resources are lost. That is why Planet Ark joined with Close the Loop and the participating manufacturers to set up the innovative Cartrides 4 Planet Ark program.
This program collects and returns cartridges for remanufacturing and recycling - therefore keeping them out of landfill. Planet Ark is successfully working with Brother, Canon, Epson, HP, Konica Minolta and Kyocera to collectively take responsibility for the end life of their products. This voluntary Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) program is one of the most successful of its type in the world. Help us save energy, water and resources by recycling your cartridges.
Printer and toner collection boxes are located at Council's Ayr and Home Hill Waste Transfer Stations and Council's Customer Service Centre.
Australia Post and Harvey Norman also accept printer cartridges as they are registered collection locations.
For more information visit:
Cartridges 4 Planet Ark https://planetark.org/campaigns/cartridges.cfm
Close the Loop https://www.closetheloop.com.au/
Cassettes are unfortunately a thing of the past. If you know of someone that still has a working cassette recorder or player they may have some use of the tapes. If not simply dispose of your old, unwanted cassette tapes in your red-lidded refuse bin.
CDs cannot be recycled. Broken or damaged CDs can be placed in your red-lidded refuse bin. CDs in good condition can be taken to Council’s Ayr, Home Hill and Giru Waste Transfer Stations free of charge. They are then sold in the second hand shop. Alternatively, you can give them to a second hand/charity store.
Cellophane plastic can be disposed of in your red-lidded refuse bin.
Cellophane is not able to be recycled in your yellow-lidded recycle bin, however you can recycle cellophane and soft plastics at a number of Coles or Woolworths supermarkets. For more information visit https://www.redcycle.net.au/ or Planet Ark's Plastic Bag page https://recyclingnearyou.com.au/bags
Cement Sheeting can be disposed of a Council's Kirknie Landfill
Domestic quantities of less than a ute load or trailer load is accepted free of charge if sorted.
Fees apply to domestic quanities of more than a ute load or trailer load and all quantities of commercial waste.
Please note that some cement sheeting from old dwellings and commercial buildings may potentially contain asbestos. Please check the Queensland Government Asbestos website for further details https://www.asbestos.qld.gov.au/know-where-asbestos/asbestos-products-gallery
If you suspect that the product contains asbestos see the Asbestos page on Council's A-Z of Waste.
Please note fees apply to Asbestos disposal.
Broken ceramics can’t be recycled. Place this into your red-lidded refuse bin for disposal.
Intact ceramics can be taken to Council’s Ayr, Home Hill and Giru Waste Transfer Stations free of charge. They are then sold in the second hand shop. Alternatively, you can give them to a second hand/charity store.
Eligible, pre-cleaned agricultural and veterinary chemical containers can be recycled through Agsafe's drumMUSTER program. drumMUSTER provides an easy, environmentally-friendly way of disposing of empty farming chemical containers across rural Australia.
Burdekin Shire Council's runs multiple drummuster collections sites.
Once the containers have been collected, they are recycled into re-usable products such as wheelie bins, road signs, fence posts and bollards.
See the drumMUSTER page for further details.
Register unwanted chemicals via Agsafe's ChemClear program by calling 1800 008 182 or register online http://www.chemclear.org.au/
98% of the chemicals collected under the ChemClear program are used as an alternate fuel source through a range of disposal methods and technologies. The remaining 2% are Schedule X chemicals such as organochlorines, arsenics and cyanides.
These chemicals are treated by either Plasma Arc technology, used as an alternate fuel source to fire cement kilns or stabilised and fixated for secure land fill. All disposal undertaken through ChemClear is in accordance with the appropriate requirements and guidance of the relevant Environmental Protection Authorities in each state.
By using the national ChemClear program chemical users can truly feel safe in the knowledge that they are using the safest and most effective form of disposal available in Australia to safely dispose of these chemicals.
Clean fill is regarded as clean soil that does not contain any concrete, greenwaste or other contaminants. Cleanfill can be taken to Council’s Kirknie Landfill free of charge.
We recycle it by using it as waste cover in the landfill cell.
Cling wrap is a soft plastic and can be disposed of in your red-lidded refuse bin.
Cling wrap is not able to be recycled in your yellow-lidded recycle bin, however you can recycle cling wrap and soft plastics at a number of Coles or Woolworths supermarkets. For more information visit https://www.redcycle.net.au/ or Planet Ark's Plastic Bag page https://recyclingnearyou.com.au/bags
Clothes and textiles that are clean, stain free and in generally good condition can be taken to charity clothing bins and stores.
Clothes in poor condition may still be accepted at some charities as they repurpose them and resell as ‘rags’.
Clothes in poor condition can still be diverted from landfill. You can reuse the item as a rag in your house to clean or mop things with.
Once the above options are exhausted the clothing may be thrown into your red-lidded refuse bin.
Clothing should not be placed in your yellow-lidded recycle bin and lime-lidded green waste bin as it cause contamination of the load.
Coffee cups (single-use, disposable) cannot be recycled as they are lined with plastic, which means they cannot be sorted properly at the recycling facility. Dispose of them in your red-lidded refuse bin.
The plastic covers/lids are made of polystyrene plastic and also need to be disposed of in your red-lidded refuse bin. Althought the lids are made of polystyrene plastic (Plastic Type 6) this type of plastic is not processed at our recycling facility located in Townsville. This recycling facility only recycle plastics type 1-5.
Next time you get a take away coffee consider using a reusable ceramic mug or travel mug instead.
Coffee grounds can be added to a worm farm or compost bin, or alternatively, bagged and placed into your red-lidded refuse bin. Used tea bags can also be treated in this way.
Coffee pods used in pod machines cannot be recycled at a recycling facility and should be disposed of in your red-lidded refuse bin.
Nespresso offers a free recycling program for their brand of coffee pods (for more information visit the Nespresso website).
Computers and accessories are classed as electronic waste (E Waste). E-Waste materials listed below can be taken to the Ayr, Home Hill and Giru Waste Transfer Stations and Kirknie Landfill free of charge. Many of these materials contain metals and components which are not suitable to place into landfill. Recycling the materials will prevent the contaminants going to landfill.
Computer and Accessories
- Portable processing machines – ie laptops, notebooks & palmtops
- Computer Monitors (LCD & CRT)
- Muliti function devices that print, copy, scan and/or fax
- Desktop Printers
- Hard Drives
- Floppy drives
- Joysticks and gamepads
- Compact disk drives
- Desktops/central processing units (CPUs)
- Mouse and trackball units
- Cards, motherboards
- Digital video disk drives
- Web cameras
- Electrical transformers in CPU's
Clean concrete, bricks and pavers can be disposed of at Council's Kirknie Landfill.
Domestic quantities of less than a ute load or trailer load is accepted free of charge if sorted.
Fees apply to:
- Domestic quanities of more than a ute load or trailer load
- All quantities of commercial waste
- Clean concrete requiring rock breaking (any concrete with steel reinforcement and concrete >400mm)
- Clean concrete <400mm largest dimensions (no steel reinforcement)
The concrete, brick and tiles are processed into crushed material and used in the construction of roads at the landfill.
Empty oil containers/drums
Small empty oil containers/drums can be disposed of in your red-lidded refuse bin.
Empty oil containers/drums can also be taken to Council's Ayr, Home Hill and Giru Transfer Station and Kirknie Landfill.
Domestic quantities of less than 5 containers are accepted free of charge.
Fees apply to domestic quantities of more than 5 containers and all commercial quantities.
Rigid plastic bottles and containers can be disposed of in your yellow-lidded recycle bin.
Plastic containers include but are not limited to drink bottles, laundry detergent bottles, shampoo and conditioner bottles, margarine containers, ice cream tubs etc.
Sometimes there can be a great deal of confusion when trying to determine if a piece of plastic can be recycled.
The easist way is to look for the number within the recycling symbol. In the Burdekin we recycle numbers 1 to 5.
Remember to remove the lid. See the A - Z Waste bottle lids page for further details on bottle lids.
Each year, approximately three billion beverage containers are generated in Queensland alone and are the second most littered item.
So to help us all improve our recycling efforts and keep our beautiful environment litter-free, Containers for Change scheme lets people get a 10 cent refund for each eligible container returned to a refund point.
Eligible containers can be taken to the either of the Burdekin's over the counter Container for Change depots.
AMDETT Services & Plastic Recycling - 32876 Bruce Highway, Horseshoe Lagoon
Opening hours: Open three days a week - Mon 8:30am to 4:00pm, Fri 8:30am to 4:00pm, Sat 8:30am to 1:00pm
North Queensland Green Solutions - 29-31 Spiller Street, Ayr
Opening hours: Tues-Fri 8:30am to 4:30pm & Sat 8:30am to 1:00pm
For more information on what products are eliglble and where to take them visit https://www.containersforchange.com.au/
Burdekin Shire Council is not licensed to accept contaminated soil at our waste facilities.
Townsville City Council Waste Services Department offers specialised disposal services and accepts contaminated soil*.
*Disposal of contaminated soil is subject to conditions.
Visit Townsville City Council's website for further information https://www.townsville.qld.gov.au/water-waste-and-environment/waste-and-recycling/commercial-waste/specialist-disposal-services or contact Townsville Waste Services on 13 48 10
Cooking oil is accepted at Council's Ayr, Home Hill and Giru Waste Transfer Stations and Council's Kirknie Landfill.
Domestic quantities of less than 20 litres is accepted free of charge.
Fees apply to domestic quantities of more than 20 litres and all commercial quantities.
Cork is a natural product so it can be placed in your compost bin. Make sure they are actually cork and not plastic made to look like cork. Synthetic corks are increasingly common in newer wines for a number of reasons but they won't rot down in a compost heap.
If you are unable to reuse your corks, you may put them in your red-lidded refuse bin.
Broken crockery can’t be recycled. Place this into your red-lidded refuse bin for disposal.
Intact crockery can be taken to Council’s Ayr, Home Hill and Giru Waste Transfer Stations free of charge. They are then sold in the second hand shop. Alternatively, you can give them to a second hand/charity store.
Plastic cutlery should be disposed of in your red-lidded refuse bin. The majority of plastic cutlery can't be recycled as it is made out of polystyrene (Plastic type No.6). This type of plastic can't be recycled at Council's recycling facility. Burdekin Shire Council only recycles plastic number types Nos.1 to 5. Plastic No. 6 is generally found in disposable plates, cups and meat trays.
Plastic forks and knives are also an odd shape and can jam machinery the machinery at the recycling facility.
Metal cutlery can be taken to Council’s Ayr, Home Hill and Giru Waste Transfer Stations free of charge. They are then sold in the second hand shop. Alternatively, you can give them to a second hand/charity store.
Alternately you can also dipose of metal cutlery free of charge in the scrap metal recycling section