Whitsunday Regional Council will not be making any change to its current recycling program.
While a South-East Queensland council has made the decision to scrap their program, this was
based on a variety of factors in their area which do not apply in the Whitsunday region.
Our recycling contractors take our recycling directly to the Materials Reclamation Facilities in
Mackay and Townsville, where the items are sorted and baled for manufacturing.
All of our recycling goes directly to the recycling plants, unless a load is badly contaminated and
the truck needs to be cleaned.
Recycling bins collected within the Whitsunday Region continue to have very low contamination
levels, ensuring our recycling program is affordable and sustainable.
Whitsunday residents can be assured our recycling program will continue as planned for the
We applaud our residents for their efforts in making this new service a success, and for doing the
right thing when sorting their household waste.
We will continue to promote our recycling program and deliver waste education initiatives, such as
the recent recycling education program rolled out at schools around the region.
Kerbside Recycling is a new service implemented in November 2017, and ratepayers were
charged an additional $70 on their rates bill from January to June 2018.
For more information about the program and what you can recycle, visit our website here:
All items collected go to our Materials Reclamation Facility (MRF) in Mackay and Townsville for
sorting. View this short video to find out more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DsEBzojiB8o
Source: Whitsunday Regional Council Media Release.