A-Z waste guide

What goes where?

There are many options to dispose of unwanted items; it often doesn't have to go in to your waste and recycling bins at all.

Use this A-Z overview to find items and the different possibilities for managing your waste.

Simply search the list below!

ItemDescriptionBin
Aerosol cans (empty)Recycle Right into the yellow lid bin - remove the plastic caps and nozzle and dispose these items in your waste binPut this item in your yellow-lid recycling bin
Aluminium cansRecycle Right into your yellow lid binPut this item in your yellow-lid recycling bin
Aluminium foil (clean)Recycle Right into your yellow bin - consolidate clean aluminium foil, trays and tubes and scrunch into the size of a tennis ballPut this item in your yellow-lid recycling bin
Animal droppingsSecurely wrap and place in your waste bin. Use chicken, sheep, cow or horse manure in the garden or compost bin. Dog and cat droppings are not recommended to be used in garden compost bins or worm farms as they can contain harmful bacteriaPut this item in your red or green lid waste bin
Asbestos (loads < 175 kg)There are strict conditions associated with the disposal of asbestos.  DO NOT place in any kerbside bin or mix with other waste types - disposing of asbestos in this manner is illegal.  Domestic loads of asbestos <175kgs can be taken to Portsmith Transfer Station.  Conditions applyPortsmith Transfer Station - Hazardous item - do not put this in your bin.
Baby Wipes (wet wipes, sanitary wipes) - flushable and non flushableDispose in your waste binDispose in your waste bin, do not flush.  
BalloonsDispose in your waste binPut this item in your red lid waste bin.
Balloon helium gas canistersThis material is classed as Hazardous Waste - gas bottles up to 9kgs only can be taken for free to Portsmith, Smithfield, Gordonvale and Babinda Transfer Stations for recycling.  BOC and Air Liquide bottles are not accepted and should be returned to suppliersCouncil Transfer Station - Hazardous item - do not put this in your bin.
Batteries (household)Domestic quantities up to 5kgs can be taken for free to Portsmith, Smithfield, Gordonvale and Babinda Transfer Stations for recyclingTransfer Station - Hazardous item - do not put this in your bin.
Batteries (car, lead acid batteries)Take for free to Portsmith, Smithfield, Gordonvale and Babinda Transfer Stations for recyclingTransfer Station - Hazardous item - do not put this in your bin.
BooksRecycle Right into your yellow lid bin if unusable. If in good condition drop off for free at Portsmith, Smithfield, Gordonvale and Babinda Transfer Stations or donate to a charity or other community groupPut this item in your yellow-lid recycling bin if unusable or take to Transfer Station
Bottle tops and capsDispose of these items in your waste bin or consider donating to child care facilities for reuse in art and craft projects.  Consider opportunities for Specialist Recycling. Put this item in your red lid waste bin
Boxes (cardboard)Recycle Right into the yellow lid bin - squash and flatten first.  Clean cardboard only, remove food scraps or oily/soiled sectionsPut this item in your yellow lid recycling bin
Bubble wrapDispose in your waste bin or alternatively clean soft plastics can be taken back to participating local supermarkets and recycled via the redcycle programPut this item in your red lid waste bin
Building materialsTake to Portsmith and Smithfield Transfer Stations.  Fees apply, view the list of Items accepted and disposal fees at Transfer Stations ( PDF, 0.09 MB ) Council Transfer Station - do not put this in your bin.
Car partsCar parts made predominately of metal are free to dispose at Portsmith, Smithfield, Gordonvale and Babinda Transfer Stations as scrap metal - all fluids must be drainedCouncil Transfer Station - do not put this in your bin.
Cardboard boxesRecycle Right into the yellow lid bin - squash and flatten first.  Clean cardboard only, remove food scraps or oily/soiled sectionsPut this item in your yellow lid recycling bin
Carpet underlayTake to Portsmith, Smithfield, Gordonvale and Babinda Transfer Stations. Fees may apply, view the list of Items accepted and disposal fees at Transfer StationsCouncil Transfer Station - do not put this in your bin.
Cartridges (printer/toner)Take your used printer cartridges for free to Portsmith, Smithfield, Gordonvale and Babinda Transfer Station as a part of the Cartridges for Planet Ark specialist recycling programCouncil Transfer Station - do not put this in your bin.
Cassette & VHS tapesConsider specialist recycle programs such as Terracycle Zero Waste BoxesIf unusable dispose in your waste bin.  If good quality consider specialist recycling or transfer station drop off.
CD & DVD casesDispose in your waste bin if unusable.  If in good condition drop off for free at Portsmith, Smithfield, Gordonvale and Babinda Transfer StationsIf unusable dispose in your waste bin.  If good quality consider specialist recycling or transfer station drop off.  
CD & DVD discsDispose in your waste bin if unusable.  If in good condition drop off for free at Portsmith, Smithfield, Gordonvale and Babinda Transfer Stations or consider donating good condition authentic albums & software to charity groups. Unauthorised music/software discs can be recycled via specialist recycling programs such as Terracycle Zero Waste Boxes. Broken discs can be disposed in your waste bin

If unusable dispose in your waste bin.  If good quality consider specialist recycling or transfer station drop off.

CellophaneDispose in your waste bin if unusablePut this item in your red lid waste bin
Cereal box insertsDispose in your waste bin or alternatively clean soft plastics can be taken back to participating local supermarkets and recycled via the redcycle programPut this item in your red lid waste bin
Cereal boxesRecycle Right into the yellow lid bin - squash and flatten first.  Clean cardboard only, remove food scraps or oily/soiled sectionsPut this item in your yellow lid recycling bin
Chemicals (domestic)This material is classed as Hazardous Waste.  Domestic household quantities of hazardous waste - 20 litres/kgs or less - can be dropped off for free at Portsmith, Smithfield, Gordonvale and Babinda Transfer Stations for environmentally safe treatmentCouncil Transfer Station - Hazardous item - do not put this in your bin.
China / ceramics / crockeryDispose in the waste bin if unusable.  If in good condition these items can be taken for free to Portsmith, Smithfield, Gordonvale and Babinda Transfer Stations

If unusable dispose in your waste bin.  If good quality consider donation to charity or take to Council Transfer Stations.

Chip packetsDispose in your waste bin or alternatively clean soft plastics can be taken back to participating local supermarkets and recycled via the redcycle programPut this item in your red lid waste bin 
Cigarette buttsDispose in your waste binPut this item in your red lid waste bin
Cigarette packetsRemove the outer plastic and inner foil (placing in the waste red lid bin) before placing the cardboard box into your yellow lid binPut this item in your yellow lid recycling bin
Cling wrapDispose in your waste bin or alternatively clean soft plastics can be taken back to participating local supermarkets and recycled via the redcycle programPut this item in your red lid waste bin - or return to local supermarkets
Clothing, fabrics & shoesDispose in the waste bin if unusable.  If in good condition drop off for free at Portsmith, Smithfield, Gordonvale and Babinda Transfer Stations or donate to a charity or other community groupPut this item in your red lid waste bin
Coat hangersDispose in the waste bin if unusable.  If in good condition this item can be taken for free to Portsmith, Smithfield, Gordonvale and Babinda Transfer StationsIf unusable dispose in your waste bin.  If good quality consider donation or transfer station drop off.
Coffee cups & lids (disposable)Dispose in your waste bin.  Alternatively some disposable coffee cups can be returned to participating stores for recycling as part of the simple cups programPut this item in your red lid waste bin
Coffee groundsDispose in your waste bin.  Alternatively add to your compost, use as a soil conditioner or sprinkle around the garden to keep bugs at bayPut this item in your red lid waste bin
Coffee podsDispose in your waste bin, alternatively consider specialist recycling programs.Dispose in your waste bin or consider specialist recycling programs. 
Computers, components, accessoriesTake up to 15 items for free to Portsmith, Smithfield, Gordonvale and Babinda Transfer Stations as a part of the National Television and Computer Recycling SchemeCouncil Transfer Station - do not put this in your bin.
Containers (plastic)Recycle Right into your yellow lid bin - rinse first.  Comingled recycling can also be dropped off for free at Portsmith, Smithfield, Gordonvale or Babinda Transfer StationsPut this item in your yellow lid recycling bin.
CondomsDispose in your waste binDispose in your waste bin, do not flush.
CorksReuse where possible, dispose in your waste bin. Alternatively corks can be recycled via specialist recycling programs such as Terracycle Zero Waste BoxesPut this item in your red lid waste bin.
Cosmetic jars (plastic)Clean plastic jars larger than a credit card size can be Recycled Right into your yellow lid bin.  Smaller items & those made from ceramic/glass must be disposed in your waste bin. Alternatively beauty products can also be recycled via specialist recycling programs such as Terracycle Zero Waste Boxes.Put this item in your yellow lid recycling bin.
Cotton wool buds/balls/tipsDispose in your waste binPut this item in your red lid waste bin.
Egg cartonsConsider reusing before Recycling Right into your yellow lid bin - squash and flatten first.  Clean cardboard only, remove food scraps or oily/soiled sections.Put this item in your yellow lid recycling bin.
Electrical appliancesTake for free to Portsmith, Smithfield, Gordonvale and Babinda Transfer Stations for recycling.  View the list of Items accepted and disposal fees at Transfer Stations ( PDF, 0.09 MB )Council Transfer Station - Hazardous item - do not put this in your bin.
Envelopes (with/without windows)Recycle Right into your yellow lid binPut this item in your yellow lid recycling bin.
Fire extinguishersThis material is classed as Hazardous Waste.  Fire extinguishers up to 9kgs only can be taken for free to Portsmith, Smithfield, Gordonvale or Babinda Transfer Stations. View the list of Items accepted and disposal fees at Transfer StationsCouncil Transfer Station - Hazardous item - do not put this in your bin.
FlaresThis material is not accepted at Council Transfer Stations view information on the correct disposal of this materialCouncil Transfer Station - Hazardous item - do not put this in your bin.
Fats (household) oils and greaseThis material is classed as Hazardous Waste.  Domestic household quantities of hazardous waste - 20 litres/kgs or less - can be taken for free to Portsmith, Smithfield, Gordonvale and Babinda Transfer Stations for environmentally safe treatment & recyclingTake to transfer station, do not pour down the sink.  
Food scraps (fruit, vegetables, meat)Dispose in your waste bin.  Alternatively avoid food waste by planning ahead and reusing leftovers, add to your compost or worm farm, or feed to your pets (note some animals cannot tolerate certain types of food - check with your veterinarian first)Put this item in your red lid waste bin.
Fuel (petrol, diesel)This material is not accepted at Council Transfer Stations.  By appointment only this material may be disposed of via local contractors D&R Lavis Waste Disposal or NQ Resource Recovery/Cleanaway. Hazardous item - do not put this in your bin. Not accepted at Council Transfer Stations. Take to specialist recycler
FurnitureIf in reusable condition items can be taken for free to Portsmith, Smithfield, Gordonvale and Babinda Transfer Stations.  If unusable fees and charges may apply, view the list of Items accepted and disposal fees at Transfer Stations ( PDF, 0.09 MB )Council Transfer Station - do not put this in your bin. 
Garden/green waste (small)Small amounts of green waste can be disposed in your waste bin - bin weight must be less than 70kgs and bin lid must be able to closePut small amounts of this item in your red lid waste bin. Max 70kg, lid must close.  
Garden/green waste (large)

Take to Portsmith, Smithfield, Gordonvale and Babinda Transfer Stations to be recycled into a mulch material - fees and charges apply. View the list of Items accepted and disposal fees at Transfer Stations.

Council also offers four free disposal periods for domestic green waste each year.  Dates and locations are published on Council's website and My Cairns App

Council Transfer Station - do not put this in your bin.
Gas bottlesThis material is classed as Hazardous Waste.  Gas bottles up to 9kgs only can be taken for free to Portsmith, Smithfield, Gordonvale and Babinda Transfer Stations for recycling.  BOC and Air Liquide bottles are not accepted and should be returned to suppliers. Council Transfer Station - Hazardous item - do not put this in your bin.
Glass bottles & jars (no lids)Recycle Right into your yellow lid bin.  Consider reuse and re-purposing around the home firstPut this item in your yellow lid recycling bin.
Glasses (spectacles)If damaged dispose in your waste bin. If usable consider donating to those in need view Community Spectacle Recycling ProgramsIf unusable, put this item in your red lid waste bin.
Hair (human and animal)Dispose in your waste binDispose in your waste bin. 
Hand towels (paper)Dispose in your waste binPut this item in your red lid waste bin.
Hose - garden hose, pipingIf unusable cut into smaller pieces and dispose in your waste bin.  If in good condition this item can be taken for free to Portsmith, Smithfield, Gordonvale and Babinda Transfer StationsIf unusable put this item in your red lid waste bin.
Ice cream containers (clean)Recycle Right into your yellow bin - rinsePut this item in your yellow lid recycling bin.
Jar lids - plastic & metalDispose in your waste bin.  Consider reuse potential or donation to community groupsPut this item in your red lid waste bin.
Icy pole sticksDispose in your waste binPut this item in your red lid waste bin.
Ipads, Ipods, IphonesTake for free to Portsmith, Smithfield, Gordonvale and Babinda Transfer Stations for recyclingCouncil Transfer Station - do not put this in your bin.
Jars (no lids)Recycle Right into your yellow bin.  Consider reuse and re-purposing around the home firstPut this item in your yellow lid recycling bin.
Juice cartons (no lids)Recycle Right into your yellow lid binPut this item in your yellow lid recycling bin.
Junk mailRecycle Right into your yellow lid bin - remove rubber bandsRemove rubber bands, put this item in your yellow lid recycling bin.
Kitty litterSecurely wrap and dispose in your waste binPut this item in your red lid waste bin.
Laminated paperDispose home/office laminated paper in your waste bin. If laminate can be removed, dispose the plastic sheet in your waste bin and the paper can be Recycled Right into your yellow lid binPut this item in your red lid waste bin.
Light bulbs & tubesTake for free to Portsmith, Smithfield, Gordonvale and Babinda Transfer Stations for recycling.  Wrap small quantities of other types and dispose in your waste binFluro tubes can be taken for recycling to Transfer stations, other types accepted in the waste bin.
Lolly wrappersDispose in your waste bin or alternatively clean soft plastics can be taken back to participating local supermarkets and recycled via the redcycle programPut this item in your red lid waste bin.
Long life cartons - juice & milk (no lids)Recycle Right into your yellow lid bin - remove lidsPut this item in your yellow lid recycling bin.
MagazinesRecycle Right into your yellow lid binPut this item in your yellow lid recycling bin.
Margarine containers (clean)Recycle Right into your yellow lid bin - rinse or wipe outPut this item in your yellow lid recycling bin.
MattressesTake to Portsmith, Smithfield, Gordonvale and Babinda Transfer Stations for disposal to landfill. Fees apply, view the list of Items accepted and disposal fees at Transfer Stations. ( PDF, 0.09 MB )Council Transfer Station - do not put this in your bin.
Meat, seafood, shells and bonesDispose in your waste bin.  Alternatively avoid food waste by planning ahead and reusing leftovers, add to your compost or worm farm, or feed to your pets (note some animals cannot tolerate certain types of food - check with your veterinarian first)

Put this item in your red lid waste bin.

Meat trays - foamDispose in your waste bin. Consider purchasing meat products on recyclable traysPut this item in your red lid waste bin.
Meat trays - plastic (clean)Recycle Right into your yellow lid bin - remove plastic film, absorbent material and rinse firstPut this item in your yellow lid recycling bin.
MedicationsDispose in your waste binDispose in your waste bin.
Milk bottles (no lids)Recycle Right into your yellow lid bin - remove lidsPut this item in your yellow lid recycling bin.
Milk cartonsRecycle Right into your yellow lid bin - remove lidsPut this item in your yellow lid recycling bin.
Mobile phones & accessoriesTake for free to Portsmith, Smithfield, Gordonvale and Babinda Transfer Stations for recycling as a part of Mobile Muster.  Alternatively find your nearest drop off location at Mobile Muster drop off locations in CairnsCouncil Transfer Station - do not put this in your bin.
Motor oil (domestic)This material is classed as Hazardous Waste.  Domestic household quantities of hazardous waste - 20 litres/kgs or less - can be taken for free to Portsmith, Smithfield, Gordonvale and Babinda Transfer Stations for environmentally safe treatment & recyclingCouncil Transfer Station - Hazardous item - do not put this in your bin.
Motor oil containers (rinsed)Recycle Right into your yellow lid bin - rinse firstPut this item in your yellow lid recycling bin.
Nappies (cloth)Dispose in your waste bin, alternatively reuse as cleaning ragsPut this item in your red lid waste bin.
Nappies (disposable)Dispose in your waste binPut this item in your red lid waste bin.
NewspaperRecycle Right into your yellow lid binPut this item in your yellow lid recycling bin.
Oil - motor & cooking (domestic)This material is classed as Hazardous Waste.  Domestic household quantities of hazardous waste - 20 litres/kgs or less - can be taken for free to Portsmith, Smithfield, Gordonvale and Babinda Transfer Stations for environmentally safe treatment & recyclingCouncil Transfer Station - Hazardous item - do not put this in your bin.
Paint & paint containers

This material is classed as Hazardous Waste.  Domestic household quantities of hazardous waste - 20 litres/kgs or less - can be taken for free to Portsmith, Smithfield, Gordonvale and Babinda Transfer Stations for environmentally safe treatment & recycling.  Portsmith, Smithfield, Gordonvale Transfer Stations are also drop off locations for Paintback scheme

Council Transfer Station - Hazardous item - do not put this in your bin. 
Pallets - wooden & plasticTake to Portsmith, Smithfield, Gordonvale and Babinda Transfer Stations - fees apply, view the list of Items accepted and disposal fees at Transfer Stations. ( PDF, 0.09 MB )Council Transfer Station - do not put this in your bin. 
Paper - office, flyers, brochuresRecycle Right into your yellow lid binPut this item in your yellow lid recycling bin.
Paper - shreddedRecycle Right into your yellow lid bin - do not bundle or bindPut this item in your yellow lid recycling bin.
Paper - soiledDispose in your waste binPut this item in your red lid waste bin.
Paper towelDispose in your waste binDispose in your waste bin. 
Pet food tinsRecycle Right into your yellow lid bin - rinse or wipe out and dispose of the ring pull or lid in your waste binPut this clean item in your yellow lid recycling bin.
Pizza boxes (clear off scraps)Recycle Right into the yellow lid bin - squash and flatten first.  Clean cardboard only, remove food scraps or oily/soiled sectionsPut this clean item in your yellow lid recycling bin.
Plant cuttings & pruning

Small amounts of green waste can be disposed in your waste bin - bin weight must be less than 70kgs and bin lid must be able to close

Take large quantities to Portsmith, Smithfield, Gordonvale and Babinda Transfer Stations to be recycled into a mulch material - fees and charges apply. View the list of Items accepted and disposal fees at Transfer Stations. ( PDF, 0.09 MB )

Council also offers four free disposal periods for domestic green waste each year.  Dates and locations are published on Council's website and My Cairns App

Put this item in your red lid waste bin.
Plant pots - plastic (clean)Recycle Right into your yellow lid bin - remove any soil or garden wastePut this cleaned item in your yellow lid recycling bin.
Plastic - compostable (PLA)Dispose in your waste binPut this item in your red lid waste bin.
Plastic bagsDispose in your waste bin or alternatively clean soft plastics can be taken back to participating local supermarkets and recycled via the redcycle programPut this item in your red lid waste bin. Or take to participating local supermarkets.
Plastic cups, plates and cutlery - disposableDispose in your waste bin.  Consider how to reduce this type of material through alternate reusable options.Put this item in your red lid waste bin.
Plastic strappingDispose in your waste binPut this item in your red lid waste bin.
Plastic wrappersDispose in your waste bin or alternatively clean soft plastics can be taken back to participating local supermarkets and recycled via the redcycle programPut this item in your red lid waste bin. Or take to participating local supermarkets.
PolystyreneDispose in your waste binPut this item in your red lid waste bin.
Poppers & other tetra packsRecycle Right into your yellow lid bin - remove lids and straws, ensure completely empty of any liquidPut this item in your yellow lid recycling bin.
Power cablesTake for free to Portsmith, Smithfield, Gordonvale and Babinda Transfer Stations for recycling.  Alternatively, dispose in your waste binCan be disposed in your waste bin, or taken to Council Transfer Stations for reuse or recycling.
Pool chemicalsThis material is classed as Hazardous Waste.  Domestic household quantities of hazardous waste - 20 litres/kgs or less - can be dropped off for free at Portsmith, Smithfield, Gordonvale and Babinda Transfer Stations for environmentally safe treatmentTake to Council Transfer Stations. 
Poo (animal droppings)Securely wrap and place in your waste bin. Use chicken, sheep, cow or horse manure in the garden or compost bin. Dog and cat droppings are not recommended to be used in garden compost bins or worm farms as they can contain harmful bacteriaDispose in your waste bin.  
Punnets (clean)Recycle Right into your yellow lid bin - no food scrapsPut this item in your yellow lid recycling bin. 
Produce stickers (on fruit)Dispose in your waste binDispose in your waste bin. 
Ring pull lids - canned foodsDispose in your waste bin - items smaller than a credit card size cannot be recycledPut this item in your red lid waste bin.
RopeIf unusable cut into smaller pieces and dispose in your waste bin.  If in good condition take for free to Portsmith, Smithfield, Gordonvale and Babinda Transfer Stations, view the list of Items accepted and disposal fees at Transfer Stations. ( PDF, 0.09 MB )Put this item in your red lid waste bin.
Sanitary itemsDispose in your waste binPut this item in your red lid waste bin. 
Scrap metalTake for free to Portsmith, Smithfield, Gordonvale and Babinda Transfer Stations for recyclingCouncil Transfer Station - do not put this in your bin.
Shampoo bottles (no lids)Recycle Right into your yellow lid bin - remove lids & pump mechanism and dispose these into your waste binPut this item in your yellow lid recycling bin.
Smoke alarmsIndividual or small numbers of ionisation or photoelectric smoke alarms can be safely disposed in your waste bin - remove the battery first and recycle the batteryPut this item in your red lid waste bin.
Soft drink bottles & cans (no lids)Recycle Right into your yellow lid bin - remove lidsPut this item in your yellow lid recycling bin.
SoilThis material is not accepted at our Transfer Stations, consider giving away locallyCouncil Transfer Station - do not put this in your bin.
SolventsThis material is classed as Hazardous Waste.  Domestic household quantities of hazardous waste - 20 litres/kgs or less - can be taken for free to Portsmith, Smithfield, Gordonvale and Babinda Transfer Stations for environmentally safe treatment & recyclingCouncil Transfer Station - Hazardous item - do not put this in your bin.
Steel cans & tins (eg food cans)Recycle Right into your yellow lid bin - rinse or wipe out containers, dispose of the ring pull or lid in your waste binPut this item in your yellow lid recycling bin.
Straws - disposableDispose in your waste bin.  Consider reusable or compostable alternatives if you need to use straws and consider donating purchased, unused straws to child care facilities or schools for reuse in arts and craft projectsPut this item in your red lid waste bin.
Syringes & needlesDispose of this item for free at Portsmith and Smithfield - NEVER place sharps into the recycle or waste bin - even if it is in a sharps containerCouncil Transfer Station - Hazardous item - do not put this in your bin.
Takeaway containers - plastic (clean)Recycle Right into your yellow lid bin - rinse or wipe out containers, remove lids if smaller than a credit card, no food scrapsPut this item in your yellow lid recycling bin.
Tea bagsDispose in your waste bin.  Alternatively investigate tea bag ingredients and consider using as fertiliser or adding to compost system. Dispose in your waste bin. 
TelevisionsTake up to 15 items for free to Portsmith, Smithfield, Gordonvale and Babinda Transfer Stations as a part of the National Television and Computer Recycling SchemeCouncil Transfer Station - Hazardous item - do not put this in your bin.
Timber - treated/untreatedTake to Portsmith, Smithfield, Gordonvale and Babinda Transfer Stations.  Fees apply, view the list of Items accepted and disposal fees at Transfer Stations. ( PDF, 0.09 MB )Council Transfer Station - do not put this in your bin.
Timber - untreatedIf in good condition this item can be taken for free to Portsmith, Smithfield, Gordonvale and Babinda Transfer Stations or consider donating to a charity organisation. View the list of Items accepted and disposal fees at Transfer Stations. ( PDF, 0.09 MB )Council Transfer Station - do not put this in your bin.
TissuesDispose in your waste binPut this item in your red lid waste bin.
Toilet paper rollsRecycle Right into your yellow lid bin - remove any tissue paperPut this item in your yellow lid recycling bin.
Toothbrushes & toothpaste tubesDispose in your waste bin, alternatively you can drop off these materials to participating Terracycle Oral Products Recycling centres here in CairnsDipose in your waste bin or seek specialist recycler.  
ToysDispose in your waste bin if unusable.  If in good condition this item can be taken for free to Portsmith, Smithfield, Gordonvale and Babinda Transfer StationsCouncil Transfer Station - do not put this in your bin.
TyresTake up to 5 tyres per visit (including tyres on rims) to Portsmith, Smithfield, Gordonvale and Babinda Transfer Stations for recycling.  Fees apply, view the list of Items accepted and disposal fees at Transfer Stations ( PDF, 0.09 MB )Council Transfer Station - do not put this in your bin.
Vegetable scraps including pasta and riceDispose in your waste bin.  Alternatively avoid food waste by planning ahead and reusing leftovers, add to your compost or worm farm, or feed to your pets (note some animals cannot tolerate certain types of food - check with your veterinarian first)Dispose in your waste bin. 
Waxed cardboard/paperDispose in your waste bin - waxed paper cannot be recycledPut this item in your red lid waste bin.
White goodsTake for free to Portsmith, Smithfield, Gordonvale and Babinda Transfer Stations for recyclingCouncil Transfer Station - do not put this in your bin.
Window glassDispose in your waste bin. Take to Portsmith, Smithfield, Gordonvale and Babinda Transfer Stations for disposal to landfill.  Fees apply, view the list of Items accepted and disposal fees at Transfer Stations ( PDF, 0.09 MB )Put this item in your red lid waste bin.
Wine bottles - no lidsRecycle Right into your yellow lid bin - remove lidsPut this item in your yellow lid recycling bin.
X-ray filmsDispose in your waste bin or send to specialist x-ray film recyclersCan be disposed of in your waste bin, consider sending for recycling to specialist recycler
Yoghurt containers  (clean) no lidsRecycle Right into your yellow lid bin - rinse or wipe out containers, remove lids if smaller than a credit card, no food scrapsPut this item in your yellow lid recycling bin.
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Last updated: 14 September 2020