Container Refund Scheme
The Container Refund Scheme (CRS) commenced in Queensland on 1 November 2018. The CRS is expected to reduce the amount of beverage container litter in the environment by providing an incentive to collect and return eligible containers for recycling. For more information on the CRS, including details on the eligible containers, refund points and information for community groups, please CLICK HERE.
Container Exchange (COEX) have opened registration for community groups, schools, charities and clubs to become Donation Points under the Containers for Change scheme, CLICK HERE to register.
Please contact COEX at firstname.lastname@example.org if you require any assistance or more information to get started as a Donation Point.
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.
Douglas Shire Council has put social distancing measures in place at its waste transfer stations to help slow the spread of COVID-19, allowing Killaloe Transfer Station to reopen to the public.
Residents are reminded to consider whether a trip to the transfer station is essential.
The new, temporary rules will come into effect Thursday 9 April and will help keep residents, employees and commercial users of the waste transfer stations safe and ensure that social distancing requirements can be met.
Council advise that the average transfer station run may take longer than usual and is asking that people remain patient as measures are in place to protect everyone.
People who do not receive a waste collection service at their property will be allowed to dispose of bagged food/household waste only at Killaloe, Cow Bay and Daintree stations. Newell Beach Transfer Station will close until further notice.
Social Distancing Measures Include:
- Vehicle restrictions on entry to maintain social distancing
- Visitors and staff must keep a distance of 1.5 metres from all other people
- No more than two people are permitted per unloading area at any one time
- Payment via EFT or account preferred at Killaloe Transfer Station
- Users of the Transfer Stations must maintain a physical distance of at least 1.5 metres from other users and abide by the Supervisor’s instructions at all times
The situation is continually being reviewed and may change in light of additional advice received from the Chief Health Officer and we will update on any changes as soon as possible.
Council would like to thank everyone for their understanding and helping us slow the spread of COVID-19. For further information on all Waste Transfer Stations please call (07) 4099 9444.
The Scrap Shack
The Scrap Shack is temporarily closed, this applies to both drop offs and collections.
The Scrap Shack is Council’s ‘give-back’ shop and was officially opened on 9 June 2016. Council conducted a ‘name our recycle shop’ competition before settling on the name, which was won by local resident Brydie Maro. Contractor Don Groves then did a sensational job building our Scrap Shack sign from items which would have otherwise ended up in landfill.
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 175kg) 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 (07) 4098 4904 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 (07) 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.
Fertiliser Bags (Farm Waste Recovery)
Douglas Shire Council has joined forces with Farm Waste Recovery to provide a way to safely dispose of used agricultural fertiliser bags.
Agricultural fertiliser bags are only accepted at Killaloe Transfer Station and require an appointment. Please phone ahead to ensure an inspector is present to receive the bags – Killaloe Transfer Station (07) 4098 4904.
Bags are excepted as per the drop off instructions. The bags must pass inspection upon entry into the transfer station and the bags must be eligible under the Farm Waste Recovery program.
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 the new account will be added to the Killaloe Weighbridge upon approval. Terms are strictly 30 days from the date of invoice.
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.
Clean fill is accepted by prior arrangement only. Clean fill is clean earth which is not contaminated with waste or a hazardous contaminant.
Earth with small rocks (<100mm) is considered clean fill, however if it has rubbish, vegetation or any other contamination it is considered mixed waste and will be charged at the applicable disposal rate.
Transporters must have an account to deliver this material to Killaloe, or be prepared to make payment based on the mixed waste rate until the material is confirmed to be clean fill on site in which case a refund will be given.
Determination of the material type is at the discretion of the facility operator or the Manager Environment & Planning in the second instance.