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Taking a little extra time to sort your load before leaving home can save time and money at the waste facility. Sorting your load will make disposal of different materials at each of the designated collection points easy.

If a load is not sorted, it can be difficult to see what types of materials are in the load. This means in some cases, the attendant can only charge the highest rate. This is why sorting your load before leaving home is so important.

Sorting can be as simple as:

  • Grouping reusable items together (furniture, mowers, bikes, etc). 
  • Keeping recyclables together and flattening any large cardboard boxes. 
  • Sorting bricks and rubble together. 
  • Separating timber, metals, electronic waste and green waste from general rubbish.

All reusable items collected at our waste facilities are sold at our Tip Shops located at Maryborough and Nikenbah.

NOTE: It is now free to drop off polystyrene packaging (up to one cubic metre). Council has bought a machine that melts the polystyrene into bricks so it does not go to landfill. The bricks can be further processed to produce a range of products such as composite decking, picture frames and skirting boards.

Refer below for a list of items that can be dropped off at no charge at Council’s waste facilities.

Residents can help reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill and save on fees by dropping these items in the designated areas.

  • Items No Charge Waste facility drop off location Exceptions
    Batteries Tick Yes Recycling shed N/A
    Oil/chemicals (up to 20L) Tick Yes Recycling shed Not accepted at Burrum Heads and Aramara waste facilities
    (up to 20L)
    Tick Yes Recycling shed Only accepted at Nikenbah and Maryborough waste facilites
    Polystyrene (up to 1m3) Tick Yes Recycling shed N/A
    Steel Tick Yes Metals drop off area N/A
    Fridges / Air Conditioners (de-gassed only) Tick Yes Metals drop off area N/A
    Co-mingled recycling:- 
    glass bottles and jars, plastic bottles and jars, steel and aluminium cans and containers, clean paper and cardboard
    Tick Yes Recycling shed N/A
    Re-useable items:-
    useable old furniture, mowers, bikes etc
    Tick Yes Recycling shed N/A
    Gas bottles - empty (under 9kg) Tick Yes Recycling shed N/A
    Rims (only - no tyre attached) Tick Yes Recycling shed or steel drop off area N/A
    Green waste (up to 4m3 or 1 tonne) Tick Yes Green waste area Not accepted at Aramarra and Yengarie waste facilities
    Electrical waste items:-
    kettles, toasters, irons etc
    Tick Yes Recycling shed N/A
    Electronic waste items:-
    mobiles, laptops, computers, Televisions etc
    Tick Yes Recycling shed N/A


  • Items Charge Waste facility drop off location Exceptions

    (a rim attached incurs $27.20)

    Passenger tyre (only)
    Passenger tyre with rim
    Medium truck tyre (only)
    Medium truck tyre with rim
    Large truck tyre (only)
    Large truck tyre with rim
    Super/ Fraser Island tyre (only)
    Super/ Fraser Island tyre and rim



    All -
    Tyre drop off area

    All -
    not accepted at Burrum Heads waste facility

    Mattresses $10.30 each Metals drop off area N/A
    Fridges / Air Conditioners (gassed) $14.00 Metals drop off area N/A
    General rubbish (min charge)
    up to 240L wheelie bin
    $6.00 General rubbish pit N/A


  • Council encourages residents to recycle their green waste by taking up to 4m3 or 1 tonne of clean garden waste for FREE to one of Council's landfill sites or transfer stations (excluding Aramara or Yengarie Transfer Stations). 

    Please ensure your branches are no longer than 1.2m in length and 40cm in diameter.

    Loyalty Card

    We offer a loyalty card for residents who use the Maryborough or Nikenbah waste facilities where we turn your green waste into mulch.

    Ask the gatehouse staff for a loyalty card when dropping off your green waste and get it stamped each time you take a load of green waste to the facility to receive a free load of mulch on your 8th visit! 

Let Glenn show you how