Waste and Recycling Facilities

Transfer Stations are not a landfill or dump.  They are designed to receive and temporarily store self-hauled waste and recycling.  Council operates four Transfer Stations, Killaloe Transfer Station is the largest and can accept a wide variety of items.

Separating different types of waste can save you money at Council’s transfer station.

Please note, we cannot accept lithium batteries at our sites. These pose a serious fire risk and must be disposed of safely.

We continue to accept used lead acid batteries at Newell, Killaloe and Cow Bay Transfer Stations from domestic users, and at Killaloe and Cow Bay from commercial users.

What is accepted at transfer stations from residents.
What is accepted at transfer stations from commercial users.
Locations & Trading Hours
Fees & Charges (Tip Fees)
Waste Tipping Accounts for Commercial Customers
Information on Special Waste Types
Local Disposal Locations for Household  & Lithium Batteries
Scrap Shack

Locations and Regular Trading Hours

Waste Tipping Accounts for Commercial Customers

Waste tipping accounts can be created for Commercial Customers at Killaloe Transfer Station only.  Account holders will be invoiced monthly and payment must be made 30 days from the date of invoice.

Requests can be made by completing the RM05-Tipping Account Application Form-Credit Account form.

Once the request has been received, Council will undertake a credit check before activating the account at the Killaloe Weighbridge.

You can only use an Account if the registration number of your vehicle has been linked to the account.

To add a vehicle registration number to the account please complete RM04-Update Credit Account Details form.

Please allow up to 48 hours for a vehicle to be added or removed from your account at the Killaloe Weighbridge.

To cancel an account or remove an authorised vehicle please email enquiries@douglas.qld.gov.au

Information on Special Waste Types


Killaloe Transfer Station accepts domestic (less than 175kg) and commercial quantities of asbestos waste by appointment only.

Asbestos is a regulated waste type and has strict transport, handling and receivable procedures.

As specified by law, asbestos must be labelled, double-wrapped in 0.2mm thick plastic bags or sheeting and sealed with tape to prevent dust from escaping.

Loads over 175kg will not be accepted without completed paperwork.

Please call the Killaloe Weighbridge on (07) 4098 4904 to make an appointment for disposing of asbestos waste.

Further information about asbestos regulations can be found on the Queensland Government website.

Car bodies

Car bodies are accepted at Killaloe, Newell and Cow Bay Transfer Stations.

The car body can include 4 attached tyres, doors, seats and engine.  No other waste can be inside the vehicle.

The vehicle should be drained of all oil and fuel and the battery should be taken out.

If the car has been fitted with an autogas tank (LPG), this must be removed.

Council does not provide a collection service for car disposal, please contact a local towing contractor.

Storage space is limited at Cow Bay Transfer Station. Please call the Cow Bay Site Office on (07) 40 999 286 to check availability.

Chemical drums (drumMUSTER)

Council participates in the drumMUSTER stewardship scheme to safely dispose of used farm chemical containers.

Containers must display the eligible drumMUSTER logo.

Drums are only accepted at Killaloe Transfer Station and require an appointment.  Please phone ahead by contacting the Killaloe Weighbridge on (07) 4098 4904.

Drums must be emptied and triple rinsed as per the drumMUSTER requirements.

For further information see the FLYER or visit the drumMUSTER website.

E-waste (electronic waste)

E-waste has many components that can be recycled, including precious metals, plastics and glass.

E-waste is accepted at all of Council’s Transfer Stations under the E-Waste Recycling Australia stewardship scheme.

Acceptable items include:

  • All types of TVs
  • Computers & tablets
  • Printers, faxes, scanners and multi-functional devices
  • Computer accessories.

For further information please visit the E-Waste Recycling Australia website.

Fertiliser Bags (Farm Waste Recovery)

Council participates in the Farm Waste Recovery scheme to safely dispose of used agricultural fertiliser bags.

Fertiliser bags are only accepted at Killaloe Transfer Station and require an appointment.  Please phone ahead by contacting the Killaloe Weighbridge on (07) 4098 4904.

Fertiliser bags must be presented in line with the Farm Waste Recovery drop off instructions, this includes rolling the bags.

For further information please visit the Farm Waste Recovery website.

Green waste

Green waste includes palm fronds, branches and garden clippings.  It must be clean and separated from other waste types.

Accepted at Killaloe, Newell and Daintree Transfer Stations.

Green waste from electric ant areas is accepted but must be declared to Transfer Station staff.

Green waste from declared weed areas are not accepted.

Mulch (for sale)

Mulch is available for sale at Killaloe and Newell Transfer Station periodically throughout the year.

Mulch is not always available so please call the Killaloe Weighbridge on (07) 4098 4904 or speak to the Newel Transfer Station attendant to confirm availability.

Loading of mulch is free of charge at Killaloe Transfer Station on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9am and 4pm.  Self-loading is available during normal operating hours on any day at Killaloe and Newell Transfer Stations.

Conditions for Free Green Waste Disposal and Free Mulch Periods

Council periodically announces free green waste disposal and free mulch periods. The following applies during these times:


  • It is mandatory to declare green waste coming in from electric ant zones to the Weighbridge Attendant upon entry – electric ant waste must be disposed of in the designated, signed area and a Site Attendant will be available to assist with onsite direction,
  • Free mulch and free green waste disposal will only be available at Killaloe Transfer Station,
  • This offer is only for domestic customers in cars, utes and/or trailers and light trucks (vehicle weight to GVM/GCM 4.5 tonnes),
  • If residents require assistance by way of a garden maintenance contractor to deliver green waste to the transfer station on their behalf they must make a request and provide information (date, time of delivery) for prior approval, this can be done by emailing enquiries@douglas.qld.gov.au or calling Council on 4099 9444 and requesting to speak with Resource Management.


  • Normal charges apply for disposal of any other waste.
  • Free mulch is “green” uncured mulch, and Council does not guarantee the quality of the product. This material is not produced to Australian Standard (AS4454-2003) and may contain weed species and other non-organic remnants. Council does not assume any liability resulting from the use of this product.
  • For enquiries regarding electric or crazy ant quarantine details please contact Department of Agriculture & Fisheries (DAF) on 13 25 23.
  • Remember illegal dumping can incur a fine; it affects the environment and the safety of individuals. Please report any illegal dumping to 07 4099 9444.

Old Trophies

Kehoe’s Trophies in Cairns can restore or repair old or broken trophies. Trophies can also be donated to the store for reuse to bring joy to someone else.

Find more information here: Kehoe’s Trophies & Awards, Cairns | Engraving, High quality Plaques, Medallions, Name Badges & Ribbons. (cairnstrophies.com.au)

Mobile Phones – Donations to DV Safe Phone

DV Safe Phone collects, repairs and gives free mobile phones to domestic violence survivors, through over 200 Domestic Violence and Law Enforcement Agencies, Safe Houses and Hospitals Australia -wide.

Find more information here: DV Safe Phone – Donate Phones, Donate Funds.