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  • Queensland Waste Levy

  • September mulch month

    Free mulch is available!

    From time to time, Central Highlands Regional Council is offering free mulch to ratepayers and domestic users on weekends at the Emerald Transfer Station, Glasson Street. The availability of mulch depends on supply and mulch weekends will be advertised via the website and Facebook.

    Mulch is available for self-load between 8.00 am and 5.00 pm.

    A maximum of 1 cubic metre of mulch per household/ per ratepayer may be taken (this will be monitored). Car or utility and light trailer (max. 8x5m trailer) combination only can be loaded.

    Please bring your own containers and equipment to self-load, and don’t forget personal protective equipment such as gloves and dust masks.

    The mulch is a result of green waste disposed of at the waste facility, stockpiled and then mulched on a regular basis.

    Mulch is subject to availability.

    Collecting mulch

    Conditions of collecting mulch:

    • Maximum allowed = 1 cubic metre per household for the month of September.
    • The load must be covered before you leave the site.
    • Closed in shoes and suitable clothing must be worn.
    • Children (under 13 years old) and animals must remain in the vehicle at all times.
    • Follow site signage and directions from on-site staff.
    • Mulch may contain fine dust particles that may affect some people. People are advised to take appropriate precautions when handling mulch e.g. wear appropriate dust mask and gloves.

    Mulch quality

    We do not suggest the mulch to be suitable for any particular purpose, however this free mulch cannot be sold to a third party or used in any commercial way. The quality of the mulch is uncertain, and it may contain any of the following:

    • weeds and seeds
    • noxious plants
    • soil and/or rock
    • plastic/glass
    • metal
    • timber (which may have been treated)
    • food waste
    • other matter

    Persons taking and/ or using the mulch agree to indemnify and keep indemnified Central Highlands Regional Council, agents and contractors, from and against all claims, demands and suits which may be made against council relating to or arising out of the method of delivery or collection, the waste, its storage or use.

    Limitation of liability.

  • Bin collection calendars
    Town Collection Day
    Waste & recycling calendar for Anakie (TBC) Saturday
    (until 5 October 2019, then Fridays starting on 11 October 2019)
    Waste & recycling calendar for Blackwater Refer to map

    (until 6 October 2019, then will reduce to Monday and Tuesdays only)

    Waste & recycling calendar for Bluff , Dingo and Duaringa Friday
    Waste & recycling calendar for Comet, Capricorn Highway and Tieri Thursday
    Waste & recycling calendar for Springsure and Rolleston Wednesday
    Waste and recycling calendar for Emerald Refer to map North and South
    Waste & recycling calendar for Capella Thursday
  • MobileMuster phone recycling

    MobileMuster is a free not-for-profit mobile phone recycling program that accepts all brands and types of mobile phones, plus their batteries, chargers and accessories. It is the mobile phone industry’s way of ensuring old mobile phone products don’t end up in landfill – but instead are recycled in a safe, secure and ethical way.

    We are proud to support this fantastic initiative and accept unwanted phones, their batteries and accessories free-of-charge at any of our council offices. Find your nearest office here.

Free mulch is available!

From time to time, Central Highlands Regional Council is offering free mulch to ratepayers and domestic users on weekends at the Emerald Transfer Station, Glasson Street. The availability of mulch depends on supply and mulch weekends will be advertised via the website and Facebook.

Mulch is available for self-load between 8.00 am and 5.00 pm.

A maximum of 1 cubic metre of mulch per household/ per ratepayer may be taken (this will be monitored). Car or utility and light trailer (max. 8x5m trailer) combination only can be loaded.

Please bring your own containers and equipment to self-load, and don’t forget personal protective equipment such as gloves and dust masks.

The mulch is a result of green waste disposed of at the waste facility, stockpiled and then mulched on a regular basis.

Mulch is subject to availability.

Collecting mulch

Conditions of collecting mulch:

  • Maximum allowed = 1 cubic metre per household for the month of September.
  • The load must be covered before you leave the site.
  • Closed in shoes and suitable clothing must be worn.
  • Children (under 13 years old) and animals must remain in the vehicle at all times.
  • Follow site signage and directions from on-site staff.
  • Mulch may contain fine dust particles that may affect some people. People are advised to take appropriate precautions when handling mulch e.g. wear appropriate dust mask and gloves.

Mulch quality

We do not suggest the mulch to be suitable for any particular purpose, however this free mulch cannot be sold to a third party or used in any commercial way. The quality of the mulch is uncertain, and it may contain any of the following:

  • weeds and seeds
  • noxious plants
  • soil and/or rock
  • plastic/glass
  • metal
  • timber (which may have been treated)
  • food waste
  • other matter

Persons taking and/ or using the mulch agree to indemnify and keep indemnified Central Highlands Regional Council, agents and contractors, from and against all claims, demands and suits which may be made against council relating to or arising out of the method of delivery or collection, the waste, its storage or use.

Limitation of liability.

Town Collection Day
Waste & recycling calendar for Anakie (TBC) Saturday
(until 5 October 2019, then Fridays starting on 11 October 2019)
Waste & recycling calendar for Blackwater Refer to map

(until 6 October 2019, then will reduce to Monday and Tuesdays only)

Waste & recycling calendar for Bluff , Dingo and Duaringa Friday
Waste & recycling calendar for Comet, Capricorn Highway and Tieri Thursday
Waste & recycling calendar for Springsure and Rolleston Wednesday
Waste and recycling calendar for Emerald Refer to map North and South
Waste & recycling calendar for Capella Thursday

MobileMuster is a free not-for-profit mobile phone recycling program that accepts all brands and types of mobile phones, plus their batteries, chargers and accessories. It is the mobile phone industry’s way of ensuring old mobile phone products don’t end up in landfill – but instead are recycled in a safe, secure and ethical way.

We are proud to support this fantastic initiative and accept unwanted phones, their batteries and accessories free-of-charge at any of our council offices. Find your nearest office here.

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