Magazines are made of paper so can be recycled . Dispose of them in your yellow-lidded recycle bin.
Most paper can be recycled in your yellow-lidded recycle bin. This includes: newspaper, junk mail, brochures, office paper, wrapping paper, used note books, unbleached paper, glossy paper, magazines, envelopes (including window envelopes), phone books, greeting cards, coloured paper, paper bags and scrap paper.
Residential and commercial flares can be taken to Council's Ayr, Home Hill and Giru Waste Transfer Station and Kirknie Landfill free of charge.
Mattresses can be taken to Council's Ayr, Home Hill and Giru Waste Transfer Stations and Kirknie Landfill.
Fees apply to mattresses exluding baby/cot mattresses and foam mattresses less than 5cm thick.
Bed bases will be assesed by the operator and depending on the composition will either be disposed of in the hard waste bin or charged as a mattress.
The mattresses are processed by shredding them. The steel inner springs are removed for recycling and the remaining material sent to landfill. Processing them reduces the amount disposed of in landfill.
You can take your out-of-date and left over/unwanted medicines to any pharmacy in Australia. All pharmacies are equipped to accept all medicines. The blister packs that most tablets come in are unable to be recycled and should be placed in your red-lidded refuse bin.
Scrap metal can be disposed of at all of Council's Waste Transfer Stations and Kirknie Landfill free of charge.
Household metal items such as vegetable and food cans, pet food cans, soft drink cans, pie trays, empty aerosol cans and aluminium foil can all be placed in the yellow-lidded recycle bin. Make sure you give them a rinse first.
Steel and aluminium is 100% recyclable and can be recycled an infinite number of times, saving energy and raw materials each time it is reprocessed.
Recycled steel may be used in aircrafts, cars, bicycles, boats, computers, cookware, gutters, siding, wire and… more cans.
Household appliances made of metal such as microwaves and ovens etc can de disposed of in the scrap metal recycling bin free of charge.
You should not put household appliances in any of your wheelie bins.
All varities and sizes of milk cartons, bottles and tetra pack containers can be recycled in your yellow-lidded recycle bin.
The smaller flavoured milk containers are can be recycled at the local Container for Change depots. For more information on what products are eliglble and where to take them visit https://www.containersforchange.com.au/
Lids should be removed from the bottle before you place bottles in the yellow-lidded recycle bin. Bottle tops are asked to be removed first as they are often a different type of recyclable product than the bottle. If the lid is bigger than a credit card it can be placed in the yellow-lidded recycle bin. If the lid is smaller than a credit card it is best placed in your red-lidded refuse bin.
The reason for this is that your local recycling facility is an automated processing centre where materials are separated both by machines and by hand. Because of their size, these small, loose bottle caps fall through the screeners and end up being missed for recovery. And while the recycling facility is able to separate materials like glass, aluminum, steel and plastic containers, metal bottle caps are too small to be identified, so they often end up going to the landfill.
Recently Lids4Kids was launched. Lids4Kids is a nationwide project encourages the collection of plastic bottle tops. The plastic bottle tops are sent to Australian not-for-profit group Envision Hands in Victoria. The plastic is processed and then using a 3D printer turned into hand and arm mobility aids for amputee children.
For more information visit the following
Envison Hands https://envision.org.au/
Lids4Kids - North Queensland https://www.facebook.com/Lids4KidsAU/
Broken mirrors can’t be recycled. Place this into your red-lidded refuse bin for disposal.
Intact mirrors 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.
Mobile phones and mobile batteries cannot be recycled in your yellow-lidded recycle bin.
Mobilemuster is an organisation that recycles old mobile phones and chargers. It transforms the components from mobile phone waste into valuable materials for reuse. It means that fewer raw materials need to be extracted and processed to make new products. By recycling your mobile phone today you will be helping reduce the impact on the environment of tomorrow.
Mobilemuster drop off points are located at:
- Burdekin Shire Council1 Chambers, 145 Young Street Ayr,
- Telstra Store – Ayr, 86 Queen Street, Ayr
- Delta Electrix- Ayr, Shop 8 East End Centre, Cnr Parker and Queens Streets, Ayr
For more information visit the Mobilemuster website https://www.mobilemuster.com.au
Mobile phone rechargable batteries can also be disposed off in the battery recycling bin at the Ayr and Home Hill Waste Transfer Stations and the collection container in the foyer of Council's Customer Service Centre.
If your mobile is still working and you would like it to be reused, you could have it repaired, pass it on to family or friends, donate it to a charity, or sell it to a company that offers cash for old mobiles phones.
Motor oil is accepted at Council's Ayr, Home Hill and Giru Waste Transfer Stations and Council's Kirknie Landfill.
Domestic quantities of less than 6 litres is accepted free of charge.
Fees apply to domestic quantities of more than 6 litres and all commercial quantities.
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.