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Contaminated Greens Gives Waste Facility The Blues

Moranbah residents and businesses are being urged to consider the contents of their green waste before disposing at the Moranbah Waste Management Facility.

Acting Mayor Kelly Vea Vea said the majority of people using the facility do the right thing however an increase in contaminated items being detected were a cause for concern.

“There have been a number of cases where inappropriate items were mixed in with green waste,” she said.

“During a recent round of mulching, items including steel, iron parts and tools, a hose and assorted general waste caused considerable damage to mulching equipment.

“Damage to this equipment meant that production of mulch from green waste was compromised and an alternative, slower machine had to be mobilised delivering a lower quality, unusable mulch.”

The Moranbah Waste Management Facility has a designated Green Waste Disposal area and stockpiles are processed to produce quality mulch for use by residents and as an environmental conservation resource. 

“Isaac Regional Council is committed to reducing the amount of waste going to landfill and recycling green waste into quality mulch is one way we can achieve this,” Cr Vea Vea said.

Residents and businesses are asked to be mindful when disposing of green waste to ensure it is free of contaminants. This is just one significant thing we can all do to avoid damage to processing equipment and to continue to see the benefits of green waste recycling efforts within our community.

The designated green waste disposal area should only receive:

  • Grass clippings
  • Tree & plant prunings
  • Plants
  • Palm fronds
  • Hedge trimmings

For further information on green waste recycling, visit or call Council’s Customer Service Centre available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on
1300 ISAACS (1300 472 227).




Image 1:  Items causing contamination of green waste and damage to equipment found during recent rounds of mulching.

6 July 2018