15-03-16 - EASTER CLOSURES - WASTE MANAGEMENT FACILITIES
Residents are advised that the Biggenden, Eidsvold, Gayndah, Monto, Mt Perry and Mundubbera Waste Management Facilities will be closed for Good Friday, the 26th of March 2016.
16-03-16 - INTERRUPTION TO KERBSIDE BIN PICK UP - MONTO AREA
Council has been advised that the kerbside bin collection scheduled to occur today, Wednesday 16 March 2016 in Monto, has been interrupted due to a truck malfunction.
Residents are advised that an alternate truck has been assigned to Monto however the allocated collection may not be completed today. Affected Monto residents are requested to leave their bin out overnight, or alternatively placed kerbside prior to 6am, for collection on Thursday.
Should any resident have their bin missed by the kerbside collection, please contact collection contractor JJ Richards and Sons direct on 1300 654 659.
Council would like to thank you for your co-operation in this matter and apologises for any inconvenience this operation may cause. Should you have any enquiries please call Council's Environmental Health staff on 1300 696 272 (1300 MY NBRC).
17-03-16 - SAFE DISPOSAL OF SHARPS
Sharps & sharps containers that have been discarded incorrectly are a serious safety risk for our community and Council staff. If you use needles, syringes, lancets or similar at home it is important to remember to place these items in an Australian standards approved sharps container which is rigid with picture proof walls & a tight fitting lid. A short YouTube clip has been produced by our neighbouring Councils to raise awareness on the safe disposal of sharps.
Waste is part of every day living. Waste can be classified in several different categories according to the source and method of its collection.
Domestic or Municipal Waste - includes household waste collected weekly by Councils kerbside service; wastes taken by individuals to landfill sites, and wastes collected from cleanup days and public litter bins.
Commercial Wastes - includes non-hazardous solid wastes produced by shops, offices, restaurants and hospitals.
Regulated Wastes - are wastes with properties that require special consideration and handling. Special wastes may be of a commercial or industrial source and can include treated medical waste, asbestos, contaminated soil, oils, rubber tyres, batteries and any type of hazardous waste.
Garbage Collection Service
Your bin must be placed on the kerbside before 6.00am on collection day and must be correctly positioned with the lid opening facing the street, or the bins wheels facing your property. Always check that your bin is not obstructed by vehicles and overhanging trees.
Council may refuse to collect bins that are not correctly positioned, or are obstructed.
Please contact JJ Richards & Sons Pty Ltd on 1300 654 659.
Biggenden and surrounding areas - Friday
Eidsvold - Abercorn - Wednesday
Gayndah - Monday North side, and from Wharton Street (western side of town) Gooroolba and surrounds - Tuesday, from Wharton street (eastern side of town).
Monto - Wednesday - Thursday
Mount Perry - Friday
Mundubbera - Tuesday
All bins for collection should be put out for pick up the night before. All bins MUST be out for collection before 6:00am on the morning of pick up, otherwise they won't be picked up.
Wheelie Bin Replacement
If your wheelie bin is damaged it is the responsibility of the ratepayer to pay the cost for replacing the unit. North Burnett Regional Council will only pay for the replacement of the unit if it is verified that the damage to the unit was caused by the collection truck.
Dumping of rubbish in a watercourse and on road reserves is illegal and residents of the District are urged to use the refuse facilities for the disposal of household refuse.
A facility for the disposal of cleaned empty chemical drums (triple rinsed) is available at the Gayndah Waste Management Facility.
An annual "clean up" campaign is conducted in October and will be advertised in the local media giving times and required resident action.
When animals die it is necessary to dispose of the carcass relatively quickly to avoid unpleasantness. Council will accept animal carcasses or animal products at its Waste Management Facility. Council is to be contacted prior to disposal so arrangements can be made and an area at the Facility can be designated for the burial to occur. All expenses incurred with burial of carcasses will be met by the ratepayer, not Council.
Waste Management - Links
Opening hours can be found here.
Recycling is an important process which is vital to minimising the impact that we have on the environment by reducing waste. By recycling it is possible to produce new products for use within society in a more environmentally friendly way as the recycling process requires much less of the earths natural resources.
How Can You help?
Ensuring products that can be recycled are recycled is the first step. Next time you go to throw something in the bin, think about if it can be recycled, and if so separate it from your general waste. That way, when your ready you can take it to your local recycling center or refuse tips recyclable collection area. This is a good practice to get into for both your home and your workplace. Also, make sure you spread the word. Tell your friends and family about the importance of recycling so they to can act towards a more sustainable future.
Another good habit to get into is buying products that have been made from recycled goods. By doing this when your shopping you actively support the recycling process by choosing products that were not made from natural resources that cannot be regenerated.
What Can be Recycled?
There are four main types of products that can be recycled.
Paper / Cardboard
Most paper and cardboard can be recycled - e.g. books, magazines, newspapers and pizza boxes.
Steel / Aluminum Cans
Drink cans as well as food and pet food cans.
Plastics (Refer also to www.cleanup.org.au/PDF/au/cua_plastic_recycling_fact_sheet.pdf)
Drink bottles, ice cream and most other food containers are recyclable but some are not so look for the recycling logo before you recycle it.
Used motor oil is also recyclable and can be left at oil collection points at local refuse tips. (COOKING OIL CANNOT BE RECYCLED)
BEFORE RECYLCING ENSURE THAT ALL FOOD SCRAPS ARE REMOVED.
What Cannot be Recycled?
Some products cannot be recycled and if included with products that can, may have devastating effects on the recycling process.
Theses products include:
Cannot be recycled so try to reuse bags or use alternatives like cloth bags or boxes.
Crockery / Porcelain
Cannot be recycled and can contaminate whole loads of recyclables rendering it useless.
Bricks and concrete cannot be recycled.
Food scraps or food contaminated products cannot be recycled so try composting.
North Burnett Regional Council is pleased to continue our effort in reducing the amount of waste reaching the landfill. With our new cardboard recycling project, approximately 20 tonne of cardboard has been recycled. Above are photos of the first batch of cardboard bails being loaded for transport to the AMCOR recycling facility in Brisbane. North Burnett Regional Council wishes to thank the community for making this project viable and hope that you continue to support this worthwhile venture.
With the need to utilise environmentally friendly practices and the need to act towards an ecologically sustainable future, North Burnett Regional Council entered into the arrangement because we recognise that with the ever increasing amounts of waste heading to landfill, new options for waste management need to be engaged. Since the implementation of the cardboard baler we have been able to prevent nearly sixteen tonne of waste material entering the landfill.
North Burnett Regional Council wishes to encourage the community to make use of this service by ensuring that the next time you visit the waste management facility you make sure to separate your cardboard from the rest of your waste.
If you have any questions relating to recycling or waste management please contact your local Environmental Health officer at North Burnett Regional Council.