Recycling Near You - Western Downs Regional Council


Western Downs Regional Council

Each link below will provide you with recycling information for the Western Downs Regional Council area. Using any of these services can help reduce the amount of waste going to landfill and ensure you place the right thing in the right bin.


Empty/Chemical Drums
Details of how to correctly dispose your unwanted chemical drums.
Other Council Services
Learn other ways to help reduce your waste to landfill.

Events & Notices

Council has recently extended their successful greenwaste recycling program to include clean timber packaging waste and are now offering the service to Tara, Miles, Wandoan, Chinchilla, Jandowae and Dalby waste facilities. Please separate your timber packaging waste (pallets, crates, etc) and greenwaste to enable stockpiling as directed by the on-site attendants. Note that material must be free from contamination. The material is then ground and stored for future use on-site. Uses include operational cover material and mulch for landfill rehabilitation. MobileMuster Program The 6 steps of recycling Curious about how Mobile Muster turn old mobiles into new possibilities? Here's an insight into our recycler TES-AMM's process. As well as being highly efficient, this process provides a complete breakdown of chemical compounds. That means it prevents potentially damaging chemical compounds (such as dioxins and furans) from reforming and threatening the environment. Step 1: Sorting First, phones are dismantled and sorted into the following components: batteries (NiCad, NiMetHyd, Lithium Ion), printed circuit boards, handsets, chargers/accessories, plastics, metals and paper/cardboard packaging. Step 2: Batteries Batteries are sorted, then shipped to approved recyclers in other countries. Where they are sent depends on battery type - currently, lithium ion batteries are shipped to TES-AMM in Singapore where they're processed for cobalt and lithium. Nickel cadmium (NiCad) and nickel metal hydride (NiMetHyd) batteries are shipped to KOBAR Ltd in South Korea where they are processed for nickel (to make stainless steel), cadmium (to make new batteries) and copper. Step 3: Circuits Circuit boards are stored and then shipped to TES-AMM in Singapore where they are processed for precious metals including gold, silver, copper and lead. Step 4: Casings Handset casings are sent to local plastics manufacturer Australian Composite Technology, who shreds and uses the plastic to produce composite plastic fence posts. Step 5: Accessories Accessories are processed by TES-AMM in Singapore. Here, they are shredded and separated from the ferrous and non-ferrous metals for re-use. Step 6: Packaging Packaging is separated into plastic and paper and sent to local recyclers for processing. For further information please contact Council's Contact Centre on 1300 COUNCIL or email

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