Drop off green waste for free

Published: 12 Apr 2018

Cairns region residents are invited to drop off their garden waste for free at one of Council’s waste transfer stations from Saturday 14 April.

As the wet season draws to a close, residents can dispose of green waste at no charge from this Saturday until Sunday 22 April.  Domestic green waste including tree clippings, palm fronds and grass clippings, will be accepted free of charge at all Cairns Regional Council waste transfer stations.

Mayor Bob Manning said the offer provided a timely opportunity to clean up overgrown yards.

“By this time of year, yards tend to be overgrown as a result of the wet season,” he said.  “By clearing out excessive vegetation, you can also reduce the risk of dengue mosquitoes breeding in your yard.

“But it’s important that garden waste is disposed of correctly. Dumping green waste in drains or areas where it can be washed into drains can cause blockages that can lead to flooding during heavy rain.”

Green waste can be dropped off free of charge at the following locations:

  • Portsmith Transfer Station, 7 days 8.30am-5.15pm
  • Smithfield Transfer Station, Monday-Saturday 7am-5.15pm, Sunday 9am-5.15pm
  • Gordonvale Transfer Station, 7 days 8.30am-5.15pm
  • Babinda Transfer Station, Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 8.30am-4.45pm

A voluntary gold coin donation will support the work of OzHarvest, with every $1 donated able to provide two meals to someone in need.

“This organisation prevents leftover food from being wasted by distributing it to people in need,” Cr Manning said. “Donations are entirely voluntary but every little bit helps in caring for our community.

Green waste dropped at waste transfer stations will be mulched and offered back to the community at a later date.

Note: this offer is for domestic cars, utilities and/or trailers and light trucks (vehicle weight to GVM 4 tonnes). Normal rates apply for disposal of any other waste during this period, including green waste from garden maintenance contractors on behalf of residents.

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Last updated: 12 April 2018