Waste Management

2017 – 2018 Fees and Charges

A copy of the Waste Management Fees and Charges for 2017-18 can be found here.

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.

Further information on safe sharps disposal sites can be found here.

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What is Waste?

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.

Missed Collection

Please contact JJ Richards & Sons Pty Ltd on 1300 654 659.

Collection Days

Monday – Gayndah, Ideraway, Woodmillar and Gayndah-Mundubbera Rd

Tuesday – Mundubbera, Mount Perry, Beronne Road, Bon Accord, Byrnestown, Gooroolba, and Mingo.

Wednesday – Eidsvold, Mulgildie, Monto (West of Burnett Highway)

Thursday – Abercorn, Wuruma Dam, Monto (East of Burnett Highway)

Friday – Gayndah areas of Brian Pastures, Ban Ban Springs, Biggenden, Coalstoun Lakes, Degilbo and Dallarnil.

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.

Waste Management Fees and Charges 2017-18

Garbage Bin Service – Fact Sheet

 


Recycling

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 five main types of products that can be recycled.

Paper / Cardboard

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.

Cardboard/paper can be recycled at council’s Gayndah, Mundubbera, Eidsvold and Monto Waste Management facilities.

Aluminium Recycling

Aluminium soft drink cans, beer cans and aluminium cooking foil can all be recycled.
Rinse and crush aluminium cans before putting them out for recycling. To conserve water, rinse cans in used dishwater or in a bucket with other recyclables. If you collect cans from public places to sell at buy back centres, be sure to check that no sharp objects, such as syringes, have been placed inside the can before crushing.

Steel Recycling

Steel cans that can be recycled include: food cans, pet food cans, coffee tins, oil cans, aerosol cans, bottle tops and jar lids.

To prepare recyclables, remove any plastic caps from aerosol cans and wash out all cans and tins in used dishwater. Place any steel lids inside cans and squeeze the can at the top to save space and to stop lids and bottle tops from falling out.

Paint cans are also recyclable but any left over paint or varnish should be disposed of carefully.

Steel/Aluminium Cans can be recycled at all of Council’s Waste Management Facilities.

Plastics

The best way to limit the plastic waste that you create and to prevent rubbish from going to landfill is to avoid, reduce, reuse and recycle.

Plastics are increasingly used in our every day life, thus recycling is more important than ever to reduce waste. Identifying the type of plastic is essential because each type of plastic is recycled differently.

Not all plastics are the same and your local council may only be able to recycle certain types through your kerbside recycling program. In most areas, plastics labelled 1, 2, and 3 can be recycled, although many councils are now extending their recycling programs to include those labelled 4 through 7.

Check with your council for details. Contamination of recyclables is a problem because it raises the costs for collectors, recyclers and the community. Make sure you are aware about what plastics can be recycled and only put these in your recycling bins. To prepare plastics for recycling, rinse residue from bottles and containers, remove lids.

Waste Oil

Disposing of used oil the wrong way has the potential to pollute land, water and infrastructure, so we need to recover and recycle as much of it as possible. Consider that it takes only one litre of oil to contaminate one million litres of water and a single automotive oil change produces 4 to 5 litres of used oil.

Unfortunately, not all used motor oil is disposed of appropriately in Australia. Used motor oil ends up in landfill when put into containers in household garbage bins. Inappropriate uses include pouring onto weeds, spraying on roads as a dust suppressant, cleaning tools and protecting timber posts and fences from termites. These practices are harmful because the used oil can then enter the soil and leach through to contaminate ground water.

Storing containers of used oil in sheds on farms and in garages creates a fire hazard. It is also dangerous to store used oil in containers for long periods of time. Many materials can degrade when in contact with used oil, increasing the risk of a spill.

Used motor oil is also recyclable and can be left at oil collection points at local refuse tips. (COOKING OIL CANNOT BE RECYCLED)

BEFORE RECYCLING ENSURE THAT ALL FOOD SCRAPS ARE REMOVED.

Waste oil can be recycled at council’s Gayndah, Mundubbera, Eidsvold and Monto Waste Management facilities.

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:

Plastic bags
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.

Construction Waste
Bricks and concrete cannot be recycled.

Food Scraps
Food scraps or food contaminated products cannot be recycled so try composting.

More Information

If you have any questions relating to recycling or waste management please contact your local Environmental Health officer at North Burnett Regional Council.

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