Free green waste disposal starts this weekend

Clean up the yard and take advantage of Council’s first free green waste disposal of the year from this weekend.

Council has doubled its free green waste disposal periods this year, and residents can make a voluntary gold coin donation at the waste transfer station, which will support Meals on Wheels Cairns.

Free green waste disposal periods this year are:

  • 7-15 March
  • 23-31 May
  • 22-30 August
  • 21-29 November

Mayor Bob Manning said the free green waste disposal period provided a timely opportunity to clean up overgrown yards.

“Clearing out excessive vegetation is an important part of preparing for unpredictable weather events like cyclones, and it also can reduce the risk of dengue mosquitoes breeding in your yard,” Cr Manning said.

“It is also important that garden waste is disposed of correctly.

“Dumping green waste in drains or areas where it can be washed into drains can cause blockages that can lead to flooding during heavy rain.”

Residential green waste can be dropped off free of charge at the following locations:

  • Portsmith Transfer Station, 7 days 8.30am to 5.15pm
  • Smithfield Transfer Station, Monday-Saturday 7am to 5.15pm, Sunday 9am to 5.15pm
  • Gordonvale Transfer Station, 7 days 8.30am to 5.15pm
  • Babinda Transfer Station, Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 8.30am to 4.45pm

Note: this offer is for domestic cars, utilities and/or trailers and light trucks (vehicle weight to GVM 4 tonnes). Normal rates apply for disposal of any other waste during this period, including green waste from garden maintenance contractors on behalf of residents.

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