Management of Waste
We all have a responsibility to minimize the waste that we produce due to the ongoing long-term effects it has on our environment.
Council is committed to increasing the level of recycling within the shire, reducing the amount of waste going to landfill, ensuring responsible management of waste facilities, and limiting the cost of waste management to residents as much as possible.
Minimise the waste that is deposited into landfill by:
- Composting your food scraps. Compost is a wonderful garden resource.
- Consider a garage sale or donating any used items such as glasses, toys, furniture that are still in good condition to a charitable organisation.
- Before you throw it out, have you thought about reusing, retasking, upcycling or giving it to someone who can use it?
- Still in good condition? You could try selling it. Try a garage sale, an internet service like Gumtree or “Buy, Swap, Sell” pages on Facebook.
Community Reuse and Recycling Directory
|Aluminium Cans||Give them to a local club like Kuranda Recreation Centre who collect them for fundraising.|
|Batteries||Your leading batteries retailers may have a program in place for recycling these.|
|Books||Kuranda Neighbourhood Centre|
|Bric-a-Brac||Charity shops like Lifeline / St Vincent DePaul’s|
|Building Materials||Try Recyclebuild.com.au
Anton Demolitions, Machans Beach
|Cardboard, paper, newspaper, magazines.||Your local kindergarten or school may have a use for these!|
|Clothing||In good condition – Lifeline / St Vincent DePaul’s
Otherwise use them as rags.
|EPIRB||Battery World, Cairns|
|Flares (Boating)||Cairns Maritime Safety Queensland or Cairns Coast Guard.|
|Furniture||Kuranda Neighbourhood Centre has a furniture exchange program for the Kuranda area|
|Paint||Try Cairns Regional Council Transfer Stations or North Queensland Resource Recovery|
|Timber Pallets||Try Power of Pallets or local Pallet furniture makers.|
|Plant Pots||Try your local roadside plant stalls or local conservation nursery. Please take care that your pots are clean and free of pests.|
|Shopping bags||Supermarket stores usually have a bin for recycling shopping bags near the store front.|
|Toys||Charity shops / kindergartens and schools.|
You could also try looking up recycling agents in Cairns.
Want some more ideas? Go to http://recyclingnearyou.com.au/
Mareeba Shire Council is a Reef Guardian Council. This initiative supports the Reef 2050 objective to target the source of marine debris and reduce the volume of debris entering the Great Barrier Reef.
Recycling Information and Brochure
Where can I recycle?
MSC has recycling stations at Mareeba, Kuranda (see separate flyer below), Julatten, Dimbulah, Mutchilba, Mt Molloy and Mount Carbine. You can take your recyclables to these recycling stations.
Kuranda Recycling Station
Recycling Station located on Arara Street. Information Flyer can be downloaded here or viewed below.
How do I recycle?
To ensure your recyclables get recycled and don’t end up in landfill, ensure that items are not bagged. All items should be clean, rinsed out, dry with lids removed.
What can be recycled?
Plastics such as sauce bottles, salad dressing bottles, shampoo and conditioner containers, cooking oil bottles, ice cream containers, water bottles, detergent bottles, cleaning product containers, juice bottles, buckets, pots, yoghurt containers, soft drink bottles, CD jacket covers, milk bottles, motor oil containers.
Glass such as glass jars and bottles, medicine bottles.
Steel and Aluminium such as food containers, aerosol containers, steel food tins, biscuit containers, drink cans.
Cardboard and bulk paper can be placed in the Cardboard Bin at the Mareeba Waste Transfer Station.
Generally paper is not removed from the general waste stream as it is utilised in the composting process at the Cairns Material Recovery Facility