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27 August, 2021

Reducing waste and getting bin night right

Cassowary Coast Regional Council is set to release the 2021/22 Waste Calendar. The release coincides with the move to operate our transfer stations and landfills under day labour, effective as of 1 August 2021.

The 2021/2022 financial year calendars are printed on 100 percent recycled paper and include a new section on the front where residents can write their bin collection day as a reminder.

Cassowary Coast Regional Councillor Teresa Millwood, who leads the portfolio of Waste Management and Innovation said it aligns perfectly with a strategic move by Council in the Waste Management sector.

Effective 1 August 2021, the Cassowary Coast Regional Council now directly operates and manages the region’s waste transfer stations and landfills.

“With the operation and management of waste services moving back under Council management, we can reduce operating expenses, create future plans for more effective waste delivery services and have created up to twenty – four new positions, most of which have already been filled.

“The waste calendar includes resources and tips for residents including updated facility operating hours and contact numbers, items which are best recycled, how to separate between wet and dry waste and how we can proactively reduce waste in our region.

“Council’s waste calendar also shares a timely reminder to the community that waste management begins with waste avoidance.

This can be achieved by simply understanding what individuals and businesses regularly use and taking steps to finding alternatives that may not create waste. By reducing our waste, our transport and disposal costs for the region can also be minimised,’ said Councillor Millwood.

Reflecting the objective for waste reduction, the Queensland Government will action a state-wide ban on single use plastics from 1 September 2021.

This will prohibit businesses, organisations and not for profits from supplying those single use plastics to their customers. If you would like to learn more about the ban of single use plastics please visit the Queensland Government web site explaining the ban and how it will be enforced

Council is also promoting composting in households across the region. Twenty dollars cashback is offered to those who purchase a composting bin or worm farm and provide proof of their purchase to a Customer Service Desk at either Innisfail or Tully or email

For all information regarding the waste calendar, upgrades to Council waste management, the Community Composting Program, or any other waste services please visit:

2021/2022 Waste Calendars are available from all Waste Transfer Stations, Council Customer Service Centres, Libraries, Visitor Information Centres.

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