The waste materials accepted at each facility varies. To view a complete list of accepted materials, select your desired location below. Use the search to find a facility to dispose of special waste, such as:
Our waste management facilities do not accept:
- cooking oil
- contaminated soil
- liquid waste
- distress beacons (EPIRBs)**
- commercial quantities of engine oil
- bulk quantities of green waste (i.e. from developments, demolitions, block clearing)
- car bodies and car parts containing automotive liquids
** Distress beacons can transmit from within the landfill causing an emergency response. Unwanted beacons must be disposed of responsibly by placing them in a collection bin at 'Enirgi Batteries', Mellor Street, Gympie.
Recycling of separated loads is free or cheaper than disposal. The following items are free:
- metal objects such as roofing iron
- engine oil (quantities less than 20L)
- car batteries
- all items that are accepted in yellow lidded recycling bin.
- re-sellable/second-hand items
- electronic waste (specific items from residences only)
Disposal of the following tyres for recycling will incur a disposal charge:
- domestic-use tyres (motorcycle, car and 4WD tyres);
- all tyres from businesses; and/or
- all tyres fitting commercial type vehicles (i.e. forklift, bobcat, tractor, truck)
Tyres are only accepted at Bonnick Road Waste Management Facility and Tin Can Bay Waste Management Facility. Council will not accept bulk quantities of tyres for disposal. Businesses should use a tyre recycling company for this purpose.
Keep these items separate when you load to make your unloading easier.
Household hazardous waste free drop off day on December 10th
Gympie region residents are invited to drop off hazardous household waste for free on designated collection days. Disposing of hazardous chemicals in the general waste or recycling bin is not safe as they can be flammable, corrosive, explosive or toxic. These materials can potentially cause fires in bins or garbage trucks and create a hazard for truck drivers and the community. These chemicals should also not be tipped down the drain as they can disrupt the function of council water treatment plants and are toxic to the environment.
The next free drop off day will be held at Nelson Reserve in Gympie (off Jaycee Way) on Saturday 10 December between 9am and 12 noon. This service is for residents only – commercial quantities will not be accepted.
Items must remain in their original containers, have lids and must not be mixed. A 20 litre limit for each chemical or product applies. An industrial chemist will be available on the day to assess all hazardous waste and provide advice about the safe and correct disposal of any chemicals or hazardous materials that residents may be unsure about.
Acceptable hazardous waste that can be dropped off:
- Insect sprays
- Floor care products
- Motor oil, sump oil and gear oil
- Herbicides and weed killers
- Dry-cleaning products
- Swimming pool chemicals
- Smoke detectors
- Metal polish and solvents
- Brake fluid
- Petrol and marine fuel
- Paints and mediums
- Fibreglass resins
- Photographic chemicals
- Compact fluorescent light bulbs
This event is held 3 times a year – the next scheduled event will be held in April 2017.
Please note: visitors must wear closed-in footwear at all waste management facilities.
*denotes recycling shop located on-site.