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Disposal of hazardous waste Disposal of hazardous waste

Hazardous wastes and special waste burials can only be disposed of at the Maryborough Waste Facility, Saltwater Creek Road.

Arrangements can be made by contacting our Customer Service Centre on 1300 79 49 29.

All Council waste facilities are managed in accordance with the requirements of the Environment Protection Act 1994 and the Environmental Protection (Waste Management) Regulations 2000.

Disclaimer: Council accepts no liability for any damage to persons or vehicles using a facility.

Disposal of needles

It is an offence to dispose of needles and syringes in an unsafe manner. Fines of up to $2,200 apply.

To minimise the risk, needles and syringes should be placed in a properly sealed, rigid walled, puncture proof container and disposed of in a waste bin or your nearest public needles disposal bin.

  • Do not place needles or full sharps containers into a recycling bin; and
  • Do not place in glass jars or bottles, plastic drink containers or aluminium drinks cans as these can break or may be recycled, potentially leading to injuries to our waste collectors 

Where can I obtain a needles disposal container?

Queensland Health's Needle and Syringe Programs (NSPs) provide free disposal containers to people at the following centres:  

 

Hervey Bay Community Health Centre "The Village"

  Maryborough Community Health Centre "Bauer Wiles"   
   34 Torquay Road, Pialba
Phone: (07) 4122 8733
Open: Friday 9am to 12pm
 

167 Neptune Street, Maryborough
Phone: (07) 4122 8733
Open: Tuesday and Friday 9am to 12pm

 
         


You can also purchase needle disposal containers from most pharmacies.

Disposal of asbestos

Asbestos can be a health hazard if it's not disposed of properly.

All asbestos waste for landfill disposal must be double wrapped or double bagged in heavy duty 0.2mm polyethylene sheeting and tape sealed and clearly marked 'ASBESTOS'.

Broken sheeting and associated waste should be placed directly into disposal bins that have been double lined with polyethylene sheeting.

For more information, download the Disposal of Asbestos Fact Sheet (PDF,440kB)