Waste Services

Queensland Government Waste Levy

The Queensland Government introduced a levy on all waste going to landfill on 1 July 2019. The levy is a key component of the Government’s new Waste Management and Resource Recovery Strategy aimed at increasing recycling and waste recovery, reducing the volume of waste that goes to landfill and creating new jobs.

The levy will be enforced by Local Governments that fall within the levy zone. The proposed levy zone includes 39 out of 77 government areas, including Banana Shire. This covers around 90 per cent of Queensland’s population.

Waste going to landfill will incur the relevant levy rate unless the waste is both generated and disposed of in the 'non-levy zone'. Charges through wheelie bin services will not include GST, however, waste facility gate fees will attract GST. There are exemptions for some specific types of waste, such as waste that results from a declared disaster, clean earth and lawfully managed and transported asbestos.

Further information on the waste levy in the Banana Shire can be found on the following fact sheet:

Waste levy factsheet

Or on the Queensland Government website:

https://www.qld.gov.au/environment/pollution/management/waste/recovery/disposal-levy/about/overview

Further information about impacts of the waste levy on kerbside bin services can be found under the 'Kerbside Collection' tab.

Waste Facilities

Banana Shire Council maintains eight waste transfer stations and three landfills.

The locations of our facilities, contact details and operating times are listed below.

The 'A-Z Recycling & Disposal' tab provides information about recycling and disposal options for all waste types including asbestos and other hazardous waste.

The legal obligations of the person transporting waste to a waste facility and penalties for non-compliance are details in the fact sheet 'Obligations of Persons Delivering Waste'.

Disposal Cost

Household recycling and waste will continue to be free to dispose (with the exception of tyres) at all Shire waste facilities.

Commercial (non-household) waste will be charged as per Council's Waste Management Disposal Fees if it can not be recycled. Recycling of commercial waste is free, however load size limits may apply.

Commercial waste is currently only accepted for disposal at Trap Gully Landfill; however plans are in place to accept and charge for small quantities of this waste at other Shire facilities in the near future.

For more information about costs associated with kerbside bin collections, refer to the 'Kerbside collection' tab.

Landfill or Transfer Station Contact Days/Hours of Operation

Biloela Transfer Station

Calvale Road Biloela (Manned Site)

View location of Transfer Station map

Contractors:

RA & JC Stapleton T/A Vactec Waste Solutions

Contact Person: Mick  Watson

Mobile: 0448 098 779

Waste Facility:

7am to 5:30pm - 7 days per week
(Closed Christmas Day & Good Friday)

Containers for Change:

7am to 12pm and 1:30pm to 4pm - 7 days per week

Biloela Trap Gully Landfill

Forestry Road Biloela (Manned Site)

View location of Landfill map

BSC Senior Waste Management Coordinator or Trap Gully Landfill Operator

(07) 4992 9500

Refer to Council's Fees & Charges

7am to 4pm - Monday to Friday
(Closed Public Holidays)

Moura Transfer Station

Dawson Highway
Moura
(Manned Site)

View location of Transfer Station map

Contractors:

AT & CA Large

Contact Person/s:

Tony or Sandra Large

Mobile: 0428 736 861

7am to 5.30pm - 7 days per week
(Closed Public Holidays)

 

Taroom Landfill

Leichhardt Highway
Taroom

View location of Landfill map

BSC Senior Waste Management Coordinator

(07) 4992 9500

24 hours - 7 days per week

 

Banana Transfer Station

Barfield Road
Banana

View location of Transfer Station map

Contractors:

AT & CA Large

Contact Person/s:

Tony or Sandra Large

Mobile: 0428 736 861

24 hours - 7 days per week

 

Baralaba Transfer Station

Ashfield Road Extension
Baralaba

View location of Transfer Station map

BSC Senior Waste Management Coordinator

(07) 4992 9500

24 hours - 7 days per week

 

Thangool Transfer Station

Corner Burnett Hwy and Cocks Millard Road
Thangool

View  location of Transfer Station map

Contractors:

RA & JC Stapleton T/A Vactec Waste Solutions

Contact Person: Mick  Watson

Mobile: 0448 098 779

24 hours - 7 days per week

 

Wowan Transfer Station

Dee River Road
Wowan

View location of Transfer Station map

BSC Senior Waste Management Coordinator

(07) 4992 9500

24 hours - 7 days per week

 

Jambin Transfer Station

Jambin-Goovigen Road
Jambin

View location of Transfer Station map

BSC Senior Waste Management Coordinator

(07) 4992 9500

24 hours - 7 days per week

 

Theodore Transfer Station

Goolaara-Heinekes Road
Theodore

View location of Transfer Station map

BSC Senior Waste Management Coordinator

(07) 4992 9500

24 hours - 7 days per week

 

Cracow Landfill

Nathan Gorge Road
Cracow

View location of Landfill map

BSC Senior Waste Management Coordinator

(07) 4992 9500

24 hours - 7 days per week

 

 

Kerbside Collection 

Weekly kerbside bin collections are provided by Council in most town areas for general waste disposal. A higher frquency of collection is available for commercial premises in Biloela and Moura.

On your collection day, please ensure your bins are placed on the kerb by 6:00am. Face the lid openings to the road, no more than a metre from the kerb edge and at least one metre apart when there is more than one bin.

Additional information for correct wheelie bin usage and Banana Shire bin collection days is also available.

Residential Bin Services and the Queensland Waste Levy

There will be no direct cost impacts on residential kerbside bin collection services from the State Waste Levy.

Council has received an annual payment of $505,705 from the State Government to mitigate any direct impacts of the State Waste Levy on households.  This payment is based on 105% of the municipal solid waste received at Council’s landfills in the previous financial year.

Although Council is obliged to pay a levy to the State Government on all waste disposed to landfill, including household waste, this pre-payment ensures that Council will not be passing on the direct cost of this levy to householders.

Non-residential Bin Services and the Queensland Waste Levy

From 1 July 2019, Council will incur an additional $75/tonne levy on all waste disposed to landfill payable to the State Government.  To recover this cost, the utility charge on non-residential kerbside bins will increase by an additional $140.40 per bin per year.

This amount has been calculated using the Waste Reduction and Recycling (Waste Levy) Amendment Regulation 2019, Schedule 1 Waste levy rates, and Schedule 4 Weight measurement criteria, Table 2, and has been calculated as follows:

  • A wheelie bin is 240 litres = 0.240 m3
  • The Regulation has allocated 0.15 as a weight multiplier to convert this volume to tonnes
  • 0.240 (bin capacity) * 0.15 (weight multiplier) = 0.036 tonnes
  • Charge for a wheelie bin service is therefore 0.036 * $75.00 (waste levy) = $2.70 per collected bin/per week
  • For the 2019-2020 year the waste levy component will be $2.70 x 52 weeks = $140.40

How can I reduce my charges?

If you have more than one (1) wheelie bin service, you will be charged for all the bin services you currently receive, whether you present all your bins for collection each week or not and regardless of how full the bins are. 

To reduce your costs, you may want to ensure that the bins you are using are full. However, very heavy and over-full bins will not be able to be collected. 

If you are able to reduce the amount of waste you produce, and no longer need all your wheelie bin services, please notify Council and your bin services may be amended.

If you wish to self-haul waste, charges will apply to commercial waste disposal to landfill and the general waste bin at transfer stations.  Please see Council’s schedule of fees and charges for further detail.

Waste that can be diverted for recycling at Council’s waste facilities will be accepted free of charge (with the exception of tyres), however some load size limits may apply. 

You may wish to refer to Council’s A-Z of Banana Shire Recycling and Disposal Fact Sheet for further information about local recycling options or the Waste Levy fact sheet for more information about how to reduce waste costs.

Recycling and Disposal

Council is keen to encourage recycling and the recovery of as much material as possible from waste produced by our community. There are many opportunities available to reduce, reuse and recycle waste. Ultimately however, avoiding the waste being produced in the first place if possible is the best option.

With the introduction of the Queensland waste levy on 1 July 2019, minimising waste to landfill will help to reduce the amount of levy you have to pay.

All recycling materials are free to dispose at Council waste facilities when placed in the correct locations with the exception of tyres and commercial loads of clean concrete.

To assist in determining what materials can be recycled or otherwise diverted from landfill, Council has developed the following fact sheet.

A-Z of Banana Shire Recycling and Disposal Fact Sheet

For further information or questions regarding recycling in our Shire, please contact Council Waste Services on (07) 4992 9500.

Asbestos Disposal

Details of asbestos disposal requirements are provided in the ‘A-Z of Banana Shire Recycling and Disposal’ fact sheet above.

All household and commercial asbestos deliveries require an application form to be submitted before disposal – no application fees apply. The application forms can be accessed through the documents link above. For domestic loads complete the ‘Notification of Asbestos Disposal – Domestic’.  For commercial loads complete ‘Application for Hazardous/Regulated Waste Disposal at Trap Gully Landfill – Commercial’.

See www.asbestos.qld.gov.au for details on how to safely remove, transport and prepare asbestos for disposal, or refer to the Asbestos guide for minor renovations fact sheet.

Other Hazardous and Regulated Waste Disposal

For the disposal of minor quantities of household hazardous waste, refer to the ‘Guide to household hazardous waste disposal’ fact sheet.

For hazardous or regulated waste not addressed by this fact sheet, disposal options may include –

  • Registering with ChemClear – visit www.chemclear.org.au for more information.
  • Disposal or treatment outside the Shire – contact a commercial waste contractor;  or
  • Disposal at Council’s Trap Gully Landfill.

The A-Z Banana Shire Recycling and Disposal fact sheet linked above also details this further.

Trap Gully Landfill can only accept limited types and quantities of hazardous or regulated waste and an application is required prior to disposal to enable Council to assess the waste for acceptability. 

An application form will need to be completed for both domestic and commercial waste types. A copy of the application form is available through the documents link above.

Testing of the waste may be required to ensure the regulated substances contained within it are below the maximum contaminant levels allowable for disposal at Trap Gully Landfill.  Please contact Council to discuss what tests are required prior to acceptance and disposal.

Pages 12 to 17 of Council’s Environmental Authority (EA) EPPR00818213 details what can and cannot be accepted at Trap Gully Landfill.

Visit the Department of Environment and Science’s website at https://environment.des.qld.gov.au/waste/review-reg-waste.html for more detail about regulated waste.

For an overview of regulated waste categorisation see: https://environment.des.qld.gov.au/assets/documents/regulation/era-is-categorising-regulated-waste.pdf. This document further explains when testing is required and has some worked examples in it.

Some regulated wastes must also be tracked. A list of trackable wastes in Queensland can be viewed here: https://www.business.qld.gov.au/running-business/environment/waste-tracking/list-trackable-waste

Green Waste

Council encourages the separation of green waste materials at our waste facilities.  Green waste includes branches and garden clippings. Domestic and commercial green waste is free to drop off at all waste facilities except Trap Gully Landfill.

Raw, clean timber (free of nails, screws, asbestos, paint and contaminants) can also be added to the green waste stockpiles at Council’s transfer stations.

This material is then shredded and made available for use as mulch, reducing unnecessary waste to landfill. To provide a useable product, stockpiles must be clean and free of rubbish.

Council mulches the green waste and offers it to the public free of charge at most waste facilities.  Delivery is available at a cost.

Green waste and food scraps may also be composted or used in home worm farms. For more information about these optios refer to the fact sheets below.

Worm farming fact sheet

Composting fact sheet

Report Littering and Illegal Dumping

It is an offence to dump waste material unlawfully. Common illegally dumped items include household waste, garden waste, building waste, tyres and asbestos.

Littering and illegal dumping reduces visual amenity, pollutes the environment and some waste types can come with significant public health risks. Clean-up costs can be high and are generally borne by Shire ratepayers.

It is important to report any incidents of illegal dumping so that it can be investigated and stopped. When you report an incident, your details will remain confidential.

Report to:

  • Banana Shire Council; or
  • The Department of Environment and Science as follows:

Online: www.qld.gov.au/litter

Email: Illegaldumping@des.qld.gov.au

Phone: 24/7 Pollution Hotline - 1300 130 372.

Waste Management Masterplan

Council has received funding from the State Government to develop a Waste Management Masterplan.

Waste management infrastructure has been identified as a strategic priority for the community. The purpose of the Masterplan is to create a comprehensive plan of action for the next 15 years to provide the community with sustainable waste management services.

Old problems, new solutions

A component of this Masterplanning exercise is to investigate the use of innovative technologies for waste management as part of Council’s commitment to maintaining a healthy and sustainable environment for the community.

Future options for waste management

We are now in the development phase of the Masterplan where different options for future waste management are explored and considered. Input from the community into the Masterplan has been undertaken through online and face-to-face surveys so that Council can better understand community views about existing waste management practices in the Shire.

Why the Masterplan is important

The completed Masterplan will inform Council’s waste management decision making, planning, and budgeting. It will also identify what is required to meet community needs and expectations so that we can achieve sustainable waste management practices into the future.

The Waste Management Masterplan will address improvement of waste management services offered in the Shire while also considering the costs involved in providing the services.