Council encourages separation of clean green waste materials such as palm fronds, branches and garden clippings so that they can be stockpiled ready for mulching.
Green waste is accepted at Killaloe and Newell Beach Transfer Stations. Mulch is available for sale to the public periodically throughout the year. Please phone ahead to check availability.
Loading of mulch is free of charge at Killaloe Transfer Station on Tuesdays and Thursday between 9am and 4pm. Self-loading is available during operating hours on any day at Killaloe and Newell Beach.
Transfer stations are not a landfill or dump. They are designed to receive local residents’ domestic self-hauled waste and recycling which can be separated into various waste streams for transfer to recycling facilities or for disposal. Each Transfer Station accepts different waste types, so it is important to check which Stations will accept your items.
All transfers stations are closed on Christmas Day.
The Scrap Shack
The Scrap Shack will be open from 10am-4pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays and visitors are to exit via the weighbridge so volumes leaving the site can be recorded.
Council officially opened The Scrap Shack, our new recycle “give-back” shop, on 9 June 2016.
Council’s Waste Services team have been working on Douglas’ Waste Reduction and Recycling Plan which includes a target for improved resource recovery at transfer stations, to be achieved in part by the establishment of a recycle shop at Killaloe.
Council conducted a “Name Our Recycle Shop” competition before choosing The Scrap Shack suggested by local resident Brydie Maro.
Contractor Don Groves did a sensational job making our excellent Scrap Shack sign from items recovered from the waste stream.
The Scrap Shack is beginning as a “give back” shop, however options for procurement of an operator for the Scrap Shack are currently being considered. The operator will be required to price items to ensure the operation is financially sustainable, but also record items and volumes so Council can track landfill diversion rates being achieved by the shop.
Visitors are able to drop off items for the Scrap Shack at the top of the disposal bays, next to the oil shed, at any time during Killaloe’s opening hours. Visitors are to advise the weighbridge if they intend on dropping off items so it can be recorded.
Advanced Resource Recovery Facility
General waste collected via kerbside collection is taken to the Advanced Resource Recovery Facility, operated by SUEZ at Portsmith, Cairns, where it is processed into compost. Any residual waste (non-organic waste that cannot be processed) is transported to landfill on the Atherton Tablelands.
For further information please visit SUEZ.
Killaloe Transfer Station accepts domestic (less than 250kg) and commercial quantities of asbestos waste by appointment only.
Asbestos is a regulated waste type and therefore has strict transport, handling and receival procedures. For further information please view the Queensland Government website on asbestos waste obligations.
As specified by law, asbestos waste must be labelled, double-wrapped in 0.2mm thick plastic bags or sheeting and sealed with tape to prevent dust from escaping. Please call the Killaloe Weighbridge on 40 984 904 to make an appointment for asbestos disposal.
Car bodies are accepted at Killaloe, Newell Beach and Cow Bay Transfer Stations.
All wheels and tyres should be on the car (spare can be put inside the vehicle). All doors, seats, engine parts, engine or boot covers, which are part of the vehicle, can be put inside the vehicle.
No other waste should be inside the vehicle and if the vehicle has an auto gas tank, this must be removed. The vehicle should be drained of all oil and fuel and have the battery taken out.
Douglas Shire Council does not provide a collection service for car disposal. Local towing contractors can be found in the Yellow Pages.
Charity exemption from waste disposal fees
Registered not-for-profit organisations may be eligible for exemptions from some waste disposal fees. Please complete the Application for Waste Disposal Fee Exemption Application Form to apply.
Chemical drums (drumMUSTER)
Douglas Shire Council has joined forces with drumMUSTER to provide a way to safely dispose used chemical containers.
Chemical drums are only accepted at Killaloe Transfer Station and require an appointment. Please phone ahead to ensure an inspector is present to receive the drums, Killaloe Transfer Station – 4098 4904.
Drums must be emptied and triple rinsed as per drumMUSTER requirements. The drum must pass inspection upon entry into the transfer station and the drum must have the eligible drumMUSTER container logo on it.
For further information please visit drumMUSTER.
Commercial waste disposal accounts
Commercial waste accounts are only available at Killaloe Transfer Station. Commercial account holders have the transactions saved into the system under their account; they are then invoiced monthly for the waste that they have disposed of.
Once the request form has been completed and sent back to Council a credit check will be performed and will be added to the Killaloe Weighbridge upon approval. Applicants will be advised of approval in writing.
E-waste (electronic waste)
E-waste has many parts that can be recycled including plastics, glass and precious metals such as gold and platinum.
Television and computer products can be delivered to Killaloe Transfer Station free of charge for recycling as part of the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme, items accepted under the scheme include:
- Televisions & Monitors (all types);
- Computers (laptops, desktops, notebooks, iPads, tablets, gaming consoles, servers etc);
- Computers accessories including: network devices, hard drives, cables, CD/DVD Drives; and
- Keyboards/Mice, iPods, Multi-media speakers, power supplies, UPS, printed circuit boards, printers, scanners and multi-functional devices.
Other E-waste is also accepted at Killaloe Transfer Station, these items must be separated from the television and computer products.
Information on recycling of mobile phones can be viewed on the Mobile Muster website.