Top tips to reduce waste disposal costs


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Separate to Save!

Everybody can reduce the amount of waste they create and send to landfill.  Separate your general waste from recyclables and you will save! By using the recycling drop off areas before disposing in landfill, you can save money on disposal fees. 
Here are some top tips to reduce your disposal costs. Drop off options vary between waste facilities so if you are unsure, ask a friendly staff member or check on the Waste Transfer Stations page.

 Free disposal is only available to residents of the Rockhampton Region. Disposal by customers from outside the Region will not be accepted.

Tip 1 – Use the FREE Commingled Recycling drop off

If your items are acceptable in the yellow-lid recycling wheelie bin, you can also drop them off for free at all Waste Transfer Stations' commingled recycling bins.

     Accepted recyclable items:

  • Paper and cardboard
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Aluminium and steel cans
  • Milk and juice cartons
  • Moulded plastic containers (with recycling symbol numbers 1 – 7) (No Styrofoam even though it has symbol)

    Remember; No lids, No food scraps, No plastic bags

Tip 2 – Use the FREE drop off for pre-loved household items

Available at Lakes Creek Road, Gracemere or Mt Morgan waste management facilities

Pre-loved household items includes; clothing, furniture, tools, sports equipment, books, spare parts, building materials and bric-a-brac. If it is in reusable condition, good quality and clean, ask a staff member to look it over before dropping off for free.  Acceptance is at the discretion of staff and depends on quality, resale and current stock.

Tip 3 – Use the FREE scrap metal drop off

White goods and metals including fridges, freezers, air conditioners, microwaves, fence panels, roller doors, furniture frames, tyre rims, mattress inner spring coil or metal off cuts.
Separate items that need degassing and drop it all to the metal pile for free, at all Waste Transfer Stations.

Tip 4 – Clean green waste loads are FREE

Green waste includes; trimmings, pruning’s, branches, fronds, stumps, trunks, leaves and lawn clippings.
Green waste loads clean of other waste, are accepted for free at all waste transfer stations.

Council conducts inspections of all incoming green waste loads.  Customers identified as attempting to dispose general waste with a green waste load may be charged at a general waste rate for the entire load with possible exclusion from the facility for an extended period.

Tip 5 - Use the FREE E-waste drop off

Available at Lakes Creek Road and Gracemere waste management facilities.

E-waste includes:

  • Desk top and laptop computers
  • Monitors
  • Mice and Keyboards
  • Cables
  • Drives
  • Printers, Scanners, Photocopiers 
  • Televisions

Label your bins so everyone can separate to save!

So everyone in your household or workplace knows which bin is for what and so recyclable items can be collected separately from general waste for free disposal at your nearest waste transfer station - print labels for your bins.

Use our free to download artwork to label bins in your kitchen.

Use our free to download artwork for bins/ collection piles around your home, school or workplace;