Recycling & recyclables

Mobile phones/batteries and accessories can be recycled in the mobilemuster recycling boxes located at the following Whitsunday Regional Council buildings:

• Customer Service Center Proserpine, 83-85 Main Street, Proserpine QLD 4800
• Customer Service Center Bowen, 67 Herbert Street, Bowen QLD 4805
• Customer Service Center Collinsville, Cnr Stanley and Conway Streets, Collinsville QLD 4804
• Library Bowen , 67 Herbert Street, Bowen QLD 4805
• WRC Library Cannonvale, Plazza Shopping Centre, Shute Harbour Road, Cannonvale QLD 4802
• WRC Library Collinsville, 37 Conway Street, Collinsville QLD 4804
• WRC Library Proserpine, 12 Main Street, Proserpine QLD 4800
• WRC Cannonvale Transfer Station, Carlo Drive, Cannonvale QLD 4802
• WRC Weighbridge Office Kelsey Creek Landfill Station, 79 Kelsey Creek Road, Proserpine QLD 4800

Whitsunday Regional Council also participates in the drumMUSTER program.
The Whitsunday Regional Council drumMUSTER Collection Centre is open to collect empty, cleaned, non-returnable farm chemical containers.

Located at the Kelsey Creek Landfill in Proserpine and Bowen Landfill, the Collection Centre will be open from 8:00am to 4:00pm, Monday - Friday. All farmers within the Whitsunday region are encouraged to bring their empty, properly cleaned non-returnable chemical containers to the Centre for collection and recycling. drumMUSTER is for eligible plastic and steel containers only. 

All drums brought in for collection and recycling must be cleaned correctly (triple rinsed) both inside and out (including caps and threads) and allowed to drain or air dry to ensure they contain no rinse water. Plastic drums also need to have their lids removed before delivering. Unclean and partly filled containers will not be accepted and will remain the property of the chemical user, not the Council.

drumMUSTER is funded by a 4 cent per litre or kilogram levy on crop protection and animal health chemicals sold in rigid steel and plastic non-returnable containers, there are no additional charges involved. Farmers are also encouraged to clean out their sheds before the cyclone season.

For further information on recycling or the drumMUSTER program, please contact Whitsunday Region Councils Customer Service Centre on (07) 4945 0200. 

More information
drumMUSTER has its own YouTube channel. Watch these videos to help you understand how the program works with communities, councils and resellers.

Government estimates that around the equivalent of 48+ million passenger tyres reach the end of their life each year and that less than 16% of waste tyres (8 million pa) are recovered and properly managed within Australia.
Currently, thousands of tonnes of scrap tyres are illegally dumped every year and not only cost millions of dollars annually but also produce severe health hazards and environmental damage.

Impact of dumped tyres: 
Dengue Fever
Even the smallest number of dumped tyres can create a dangerous breeding ground for mosquitoes that transport disease, such as Dengue Fever and the Ross River Virus.
Tyre Fires 
Tyres are combustible. Once ignited, they are difficult to extinguish — producing chemical toxins that affect humans, flora, fauna, waterways and the atmosphere.
Because of their unique shape and components, once lit, a tyre fire is almost impossible to extinguish.
Whether they are dumped, burnt or landfilled; every tyre that isn’t properly recycled leaches significant toxics and hazardous compounds into our environment. 2,653 tonnes of heavy metals, toxics and poisons introduced into our environment each year! That’s lead, cadmium, dioxins, furans, hydrogen chloride, benzene, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), arsenic, mercury, chromium, and vanadium – substances that can cause cancer, mutations, and autism.

The following facilities accept tyres for recycling: 
• Kelsey Creek Landfill
• Bowen Landfill
• Cannonvale Transfer Station
• Collinsville Transfer Station

• It takes 786 million trees every year to produce the world’s paper supply. 30 million trees are needed annually for Australia alone.
• Australians use more than 4.4 million tonnes of paper every year (Planet Ark). Only 11% of Australian office paper is currently recycled the rest is thrown in the garbage, becoming Landfill
• Recycling paper uses about half the amount of energy and water needed to manufacture paper from virgin materials.
• Every one tonne of paper and cardboard recycled saves 13 trees, 2.5 barrels of oil, 4,100 kWh of electricity, 4 cubic metres of landfill space, and 31,780 litres of water.
• Every tree makes approximately 3,077 pieces of A4 size paper.

What do we do with paper and cardboard?
• The paper and cardboard is collected, sorted and pressed into bales.
• Bales are transported to a manufacturer.
• Bales are shredded and mixed with water, producing separate paper fibres.
• Paper pulp is passed through cleaning and screening equipment to remove paper clips, staples, plastic and grit, and then further treated to remove ink and glue.
• The cleaned pulp is diluted with water and mixed with small amounts of paper making additives.
• New paper and cardboard products are then produced, using the same process as to make paper and cardboard from virgin materials.

The following facilities accept paper and cardboard for recycling: 
• Kelsey Creek Landfill
• Bowen Landfill
• Cannonvale Transfer Station
• Collinsville Transfer Station
• Wilsons Beach Transfer Station

Why should we recycle scrap metal?
Recycling scrap metal means that we avoid the environmental costs of dumped rubbish and the risk of it leaching toxic chemicals into groundwater at landfill sites. In addition, we avoid the cost of taking rubbish to the waste management facility.

Closing the loop is about looking after a product throughout its entire life cycle. When we successfully close the loop we create zero waste because all materials are recycled or reused. Metals lend themselves to recycling and reuse because they have a virtually unlimited lifespan.
Aluminium and steel products can be sorted from other products for recycling by magnetic means: this is far easier than manual sorting.
Every tonne of recycled steel saves 1131kg of iron ore, 633kg of coal and 54 kg of limestone5.

The following facilities accept scrap metal for recycling: 
• Kelsey Creek Landfill
• Bowen Landfill
• Cannonvale Transfer Station
• Collinsville Transfer Station

Cars, trucks, farm machines and boats all need regular lubricating oil changes. Do you remember to recycle your used oil after an oil change?

Around 500 million litres of lubricating oil is sold in Australia each year. While some engines, such as two-stroke lawn mower engines burn oil completely, others like motor vehicle engines and machinery produce large volumes of used oil that can be reclaimed and reused. Industry and the community generate at least 250 million litres of used oil in Australia each year.

Disposing of used oil the wrong way has the potential to pollute land, water and infrastructure, so we need to recover and recycle as much of it as possible. Consider that it takes only one litre of oil to contaminate one million litres of water and a single automotive oil change produces 4 to 5 litres of used oil.

Used oil, or 'sump oil' as it is sometimes called, should not be thrown away.
Although it gets dirty, used oil can still be cleaned and re-used. In fact, recycled used oil can be used as an industrial burner fuel, hydraulic oil, incorporated into other products or re-refined back into new lubricating oil.

The following facilities accept waste oil for recycling: 
• Kelsey Creek Landfill
• Bowen Landfill
• Cannonvale Transfer Station
• Collinsville Transfer Station

LPG BOTTLES (empty and weighing up to 9 kilograms)
Do not throw your old bottle into general waste or regular metal recycling bins, as it can cause a safety hazard for the tip and recycling workers. Whitsunday Regional Council accepts any old 9kg or 4kg gas bottles for safe recycling. We safely remove any traces of gas, remove the valves and put a big puncture in the bottles so that the metal recycling workers know that they are safely decommissioned.

The following facilities accept green waste for recycling: 
• Kelsey Creek Landfill
• Bowen Landfill
• Cannonvale Transfer Station
• Collinsville Transfer Station

If green waste is added to your household rubbish bin, it is dumped in landfill. In landfill organic material decomposes without oxygen (anaerobically). This process produces odorous gases and methane, which has a global warming potential 25 times greater than carbon dioxide. It also produces leachate, a liquid that’s created as material decomposes. This leachate must be carefully managed as it contains harmful substances that can pollute groundwater and waterways if not contained. By recycling your green waste you prevent it going to landfill, which helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions and odour and leachate production. We transform it to mulch which then can be used for our parks and gardens, your backyard etc.

The following facilities accept green waste for recycling: 
• Kelsey Creek Landfill
• Bowen Landfill
• Cannonvale Transfer Station
• Collinsville Transfer Station
• Wilsons Beach Transfer Station
• Dingo Beach Transfer Station
Recycling Facilities
Recycling is an essential activity to reduce waste going to landfill and to promote sustainability. Whitsunday Regional Council takes a proactive approach to recycling throughout the region and provides recycling facilities at all major landfills and transfer stations throughout the region.

There are also many other actions which you and your family can take to reduce your footprint on the environment. This includes implementing the waste hierarchy, Reduce; Reuse and Recycle.

Whitsunday Regional Council operates many waste management facilities across the region. The facilities aim to:
 - Provide convenient, customer focused waste disposal for residents; and
 - Help residents to recycle. 

Whitsunday Regional Council also provides recycling facilities at Kelsey Creek Landfill, Bowen Landfill, Cannonvale Transfer Station and Collinsville Transfer Station. Materials that can be recycled at Council's facilities include: 
 - clean paper and cardboard products;
 - all rigid plastic containers and lids labelled with identification codes;
 - only glass bottles and jars (remove lids and place separately in recycle bin);
 - steel and aluminium (no general scrap metal); and
 - green waste.

Minimising Waste
We can all take action to reduce our footprint on the environment through minimising the amount of waste that we produce, and increasing the amount of items that we reuse or recycle.

There are lots of ways that you can play a part!

Avoid Creating Waste in the First Place
It is possible to eliminate certain types of waste by making a few simple changes in your day to day activities. Say no to junk mail, catalogues and phone books and go online instead. Compost your kitchen and garden waste instead of binning it, and recycle everything that can be recycled at Whitsunday recycling facilities.

Reduce the Amount of Waste you Produce
Sometimes it is difficult not to produce waste. Almost everything we buy today has some form of packaging; however, we can make smart choices to reduce the amount of waste that we produce. Look for products with minimal packaging, buy in bulk, or buy items ‘loose’, i.e. do fruit and vegetables really need their own plastic bag?

Reuse where you can
Many of us have gotten into the habit of throwing things away rather than reusing. Lots of items can be reused to prolong their life. This includes plastic bags and food containers, clothes and furniture. Even if you can not reuse an item, there is a good chance that someone else can.

Recycling instead of disposing
If all else fails and you need to dispose of items, dispose of it at one of our recycling facilities. It only requires a little more effort; however, it will help in reducing the amount of waste going to the landfill and save resources and energy as well. 

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