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Whitsunday Regional Council wishes to advise there will be additional waste collection services this weekend in Bowen and Collinsville, and all other collection services will go back to normal next week.
Bowen’s Tuesday and Wednesday’s waste collection services will be collected tomorrow, on Saturday 1 April.
Collinsville’s Thursday waste collection will also take place tomorrow, Saturday 1 April.
Proserpine had waste collection last Monday as per usual. Airlie Beach and Cannonvale had some waste collection throughout the week, and normal services will resume next week.
The Armed Services are currently assisting Council staff to collect green waste only from the kerbside and there will be another collection soon. Please don’t leave general waste or materials from damaged buildings for collection.
The Transfer Stations and Landfills around the region are now all open and accessible, apart from Kelsey Creek Landfill which has been temporarily closed for safety reasons.
Council asks residents to take extreme care when handling damaged materials which contain asbestos, as it could pose serious health risks.
Most building materials that contain asbestos in a domestic home are safe if they are in good condition, sealed and left alone.
However, that may change if the materials are damaged. As a general rule, if your home was built before 1990, it may contain some asbestos materials.
To minimise health risks, make sure you wear protective clothing when cleaning-up and take the necessary pre-cautions when handling asbestos cement debris, such as keeping the debris damp.
Avoid removing asbestos materials unless absolutely necessary, for e.g. only remove asbestos sheeting that is already broken and dislodged, and avoid breaking asbestos material.
Consider contracting a licensed asbestos removalist to safely remove the asbestos rather than removing it yourself.
Some useful tips for asbestos disposal:
? Avoid walking on corrugated asbestos roofs as they may collapse from the weight? Do not use power tools or any abrasive materials on asbestos containing surfaces ? Avoid using high pressure water to clean the surface of asbestos materials? Make sure asbestos materials are wet during removal and other work; isolate electricity to wet areas ? Wear disposable coveralls with a hood as well as an approved particulate respirator (Class P2 – this will be marked on the packaging) when removing asbestos ? Thoroughly wash hands, shower and wash hair after handling or after suspecting you may have handled asbestos materials? Double bag/wrap all asbestos materials and waste and call your local authority to find out where to properly dispose of any asbestos products. Don’t mix asbestos waste in with other waste? Keep asbestos waste within the confines of your property. Do not leave hazardous wastes on kerbside or other public access areas - for example, asbestos? Contact your local council for any changes to normal waste collection and for specific disposal advice
Council wishes to thank the community for their patience and cooperation as authorities seek to resolve issues around the region after the damage caused by Cyclone Debbie.
If you need to contact the Whitsunday Disaster Coordination Centre, please call 1300 972 006 and provide information as requested by the telephone operator.