Isaac Regional Council operates nine waste management facilities.
Four operate as landfill sites, where waste can be buried on site, and the other five are transfer stations, where waste must be transported to a landfill site for final disposal.
Two of Council’s landfill sites (Moranbah and Dysart) are equipped with weighbridges and all waste materials must be weighed on the way into the site or when leaving the site as recyclables. The other two landfills (Clermont and Glenden) do not have weighbridges in operation.
The weight of waste being delivered is determined by referring to the Queensland Government’s prescribed deeming table which works out the weight of waste depending on the size and type of vehicle delivering the waste.
None of Council’s five transfer stations has a weighbridge. Waste for landfill is weighed only when it reaches its final disposal point at the landfill site weighbridge. Transfer Stations are located at St Lawrence, Carmila, Greenhill, Middlemount and Nebo.
An exception to these charges is for household waste. Most household waste can be recycled or disposed of free of charge to Isaac region residents. This includes household waste, recyclables, green waste, scrap metal, car batteries, old computers and televisions. This exception applies only when residents deliver such waste from their own place of residence to the waste management facility in a private vehicle (cars, utes, and trailers pulled by such vehicles).
Council will record the waste being delivered and the details of the vehicle - in line with Queensland Government legislation – but will not make a charge for such waste, regardless of how many visits the resident makes to the waste facility.
When arriving at site please advise our friendly site staff of the details of the waste you have, and they will direct you to the correct disposal area for each waste item.
The Queensland Government defines household (domestic) waste as “waste resulting from the ordinary domestic use or occupation of a house, flat, apartment, unit, boarding house, hostel or guesthouse. In practice, household waste includes the material that householders place in their red lidded waste bins or the mixed waste they self-deliver to landfills and transfer stations”. Construction and demolition waste is not considered to be household waste.
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Asbestos is a natural material that is resistant to heat and corrosion. Asbestos was used in a wide range of products including building materials, brake pads and other products. Asbestos is now known to be a hazardous substance, as it contains tiny fibres that can be released by abrasion and, when airborne, can become lodged into a person’s lungs and lead to cancer or scarring of the lungs. Exposure to asbestos usually occurs by breathing in the air of buildings containing asbestos material that are being demolished or renovated.
Download a PDF version of the Asbestos Disposal Factsheet here.(PDF, 1MB)
Legal obligations for the removal of asbestos
To minimise the chance of being exposed to asbestos, it is very important to prevent the release of fibres into the air.
If you are unsure if a material contains asbestos, play it safe and assume that it does.
Home renovators and owner/builders must hold a certificate obtained under arrangements approved by Queensland Health to remove more than 10 square metres of non-friable (bonded) asbestos.
Before removing any asbestos check for safety and legal requirements at www.health.qld.gov.au/asbestos.
Trades and contractors and asbestos removalists need either a class A or class B asbestos removal licence issued under the Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011.
For further information on asbestos removal legal obligations visit: www.asbestos.qld.gov.au or www.worksafe.qld.gov.au. As a general rule, if your house was built prior to mid-1980s, it is highly likely that asbestos materials were used in its construction.
Asbestos building materials have not been manufactured in Australia since 1990. It is illegal to reuse, recycle, store or giveaway asbestos.
Preparing your asbestos for disposal
Asbestos must be disposed of at a waste management facility. It is illegal to dispose of asbestos waste in domestic garbage bins or to illegally dump asbestos products.
To limit the disturbance of the hazardous fibres, it is crucial to ensure that asbestos is not broken into small pieces.
Asbestos waste needs to be double wrapped in 0.2mm thick plastic bags or sheeting, sealed with tape, labelled as being double wrapped and transported to a landfill site that accepts asbestos.
Once the asbestos is properly wrapped, all covering needs to be clearly labelled with an appropriate warning such as CAUTION – ASBESTOS, DO NOT OPEN PACKAGING.
When disposing of asbestos, there are a number of guidelines that must be met:
- Large amounts of waste that require a skip bin need the skip bin to be double lined with heavy PVC plastic sheets of 0.2mm.
- The skip needs to be lined with enough overhang to completely enclose the asbestos material within the confines of the plastic and then sealed with industry tape creating an airtight seal prior to collection.
- A Waste Transport Certificate must be completed for each load of asbestos and can be obtained by contacting the Department of Environment and Science on 13 QGOV (13 74 68) or www.des.qld.gov.au.
- Asbestos must be able to be placed into a landfill without the plastic sheeting tearing or breaking.
Who can transport asbestos?
An environmental approval for the transportation of regulated waste and the completion of waste transport certificates is not required for non-commercial (includes homeowners) transportation of less than 175kg of asbestos waste.
This means that if you carry less that 175kg of asbestos waste as an incidental part of carrying out an activity, and this is not the main purpose of a business, then you are not required to hold an environmental authority.
Regulated waste transport laws apply to transporting 175kg or more of asbestos waste in a vehicle on a non-commercial basis.
To transport waste of 175kg or more you will need to either:
- Engage a commercial contractor to undertake the transportation and dispose of the asbestos.
- Obtain an environmental authority for regulated waste transport. An application for environmental authority to transport regulated waste can be made to the Department of Environment and Science.
For the transportation of asbestos waste on a commercial basis, the regulated transport laws apply for the transportation of any quantity of asbestos waste in a vehicle.
Commercial basis means that the primary objective of the operator is to transport regulated waste.
Disposal of asbestos
An Application for Special Burial Form must be completed and submitted to Isaac Regional Council prior to the local landfill accepting this waste.
Once this form has been submitted to Council, we will contact you regarding the disposal date and time.
Asbestos loads will only be accepted at Council’s waste management facilities by a licensed regulated waste transporter with an accompanying Waste Transport Certificate.
Upon arrival at the local waste management facility, your load will be examined, and disposal fees will be paid. You will be directed to a disposal area for immediate burial.
View the current Fees and Charges Schedule
The Queensland Government introduced a waste levy from July 1, 2019 as part of its waste strategy for the state.
The levy zone includes 39 out of 77 local government areas and the Queensland Government has determined this includes household and commercial users. For more information see the following:
Lifting the lid on the waste levy - Residents(PDF, 135KB)
Lifting the lid on the waste levy - Business(PDF, 146KB)