It is important to dispose of hazardous waste correctly.
Hazardous waste such as asbestos, bio-hazard medical waste and special waste burials can only be disposed of at the Maryborough Waste Facility, Saltwater Creek Road in accordance with the requirements of the Environment Protection Act 1994 and the Environmental Protection (Waste Management) Regulations 2000.
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.
- Disposal of asbestos can only be made at the Maryborough landfill.
You are required to call before disposing of asbestos, arrangements can be made by contacting our Customer Service Centre on 1300 79 49 29.
It is an offence to dispose of needles and syringes in an unsafe manner. Fines apply!
- Queensland Health’s Needle and Syringe Programs (NSPs) provide free disposal containers.
- You can also purchase sharps containers from most chemists.
What do I do if I don't have a sharps container?
- Place used needles in a secure rigid container such as empty laundry detergent bottle
- Label it clearly as 'SHARPS'
- Secure the lid carefully and seal it
- You can then place it in the red lidded bin
Chemicals, paint, and oil should never be disposed of irresponsibly in your waste/recycling bin or poured down the sink. It may contaminate the whole truck of recycling or create environmental hazards.
- Chemicals, paint, and oil up to 20L can be disposed of for free at most Council facilities (except for Aaramara).
- Chemicals containers - DrumMuster program
DrumMuster provides Australian agricultural and veterinary chemical users with a recycling pathway.
Eligible containers must carry the drumMUSTER logo. For more information visit - https://www.drummuster.org.au
- Paintback program
Any unwanted paint can be taken to Nikenbah and Maryborough waste facilities, where it is collected by Paintback and recycled correctly. To find out more information about paintback program visit - https://www.paintback.com.au/
Batteries and flares should never be put in your waste or recycling bins. They can spark a fire in our trucks.
Batteries can be dropped of at any Fraser Coast Waste Facility for free (this includes household, phone, laptop, power tool and car/boat batteries).
Household batteries - Woolworths, Aldi and Officeworks also accept your household batteries for recycling through B-cycle. You can find the nearest battery disposal point at https://bcycle.com.au/drop-off/
B-cycling keeps batteries out of landfill, so less toxic materials end up in our ecosystem.
Flares can be disposed of at the Maritime Safety Qld office, Buccaneer Ave, Urangan.