Waste Fees and Charges
Transfer Stations and Landfills
Transfer Stations are conveniently located for disposal of waste. Household waste can be delivered to Transfer Stations at no charge.
What can go to a Transfer Station?
Broken furniture, toys, bikes. Empty, rinsed and dry containers for paint, solvents, pesticides and herbicides. Electrical appliances, green waste, batteries, motor oils and emulsions, tyres, oil filters, scrap metal, degassed gas bottles, degassed refrigerators and freezers.
What waste is not accepted?
Mareeba Shire Council does not offer landfilling or recycling of certain wastes and therefore cannot accept these at any transfer station.
These wastes include: Liquid or semi liquid wastes except motor oils, hot ash, smouldering wastes, ignitable, corrosive, reactive or toxic wastes, explosives and ammunition, contaminated soils, food, fish and poultry processing wastes, tallow, vegetable oils, putrescible wastes from commercial kitchens, poisons, Asbestos.
The following privately run waste facilities may be able to assist you with the wastes Council cannot accept:
|Waste Facility||Type of Waste||Contact|
|Remondis Springmount Landfill||Regulated waste||07 4093 3964|
|Cleanaway||Liquid Wastes||07 4051 5231|
|FNQ Biowaste (Cairns)||Liquid Wastes||0416 312 143|
For grease trap waste and cooking oils, contact your local grease trap and cooking oil waste transporters. The wastes once collected will be transported to and may be treated at a number of composting facilities in the region. You may also be able to drop off some of these wastes directly at the composting facilities.
For compostable organic waste such as food, fish or poultry wastes, local composting facilities such as D&R Lavis or Swiss Farms may be able to assist you.
Check out the Community Recycling and Reuse Directory on the Recycling page for other options.
Should you require advice about disposal of these wastes, the following contacts may be useful:
Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection on 13 QGOV (13 74 68) or http://www.ehp.qld.gov.au/waste/index.html
Cairns Regional Council on (07) 4044 3044 or http://cairns.qld.gov.au/environment/waste
drumMuster is a program run by Agsafe with Council for the collection and recycling of clean empty agricultural chemical containers.
Within the Mareeba Shire, drumMUSTER operates at all Transfer Stations during normal opening hours.
Recycling your clean agricultural chemical containers is easy – just follow these steps:
- Triple rinse or pressure rinse chemical containers immediately after use – drums are easier to clean before the residue dries.
- Pour the rinse water back into your spray tank – this saves you chemical and ensures chemicals don’t pollute your property or the environment.
- Make sure all chemical residue is removed – check around the thread for chemical that’s dried on – you may need to use a scrubbing brush to remove dried on residue.
- Remove lids and allow containers to dry thoroughly – take lids along to the collection separately – they can be recycled too.
- Puncture all containers from the top through to the bottom. This is done to prevent mosquitoes from breeding and reducing the risk of diseases such as dengue fever.
- Deliver your eligible, clean, empty containers to a Transfer Station during opening hours.
Containers will be inspected on delivery before being accepted. Containers with chemical residue cannot be accepted at Transfer Stations.
The plastic and metal from drumMUSTER containers is all recycled into new products.