Townsville kicks their rubbish to the kerb

Date published: 30 October 2019

Townsville has kicked their rubbish to the kerb with over 24,445 households taking up this year’s kerbside collection.

The annual kerbside collection is wrapping up this week in time for the cyclone season and Council crews have picked up over 2,890 tonnes of waste.

Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said the kerbside collection has been an extremely successful system.

“One of our commitments to the residents of Townsville was to improve the way we deliver waste services,” Cr Hill said.

“Our second kerbside collection has been a fantastic success with 34% of households placing rubbish on the kerb even after we held the flood waste collection earlier this year.

“We’ve also just finished our free dump weekend which had extra days added to give residents an extra chance to clean-up anything they missed during kerbside collection before the wet season.”

Council also offers free recycling and green waste at all waste facilities for residents year-round.

Townsville Water and Waste Committee Chair Cr Russ Cook said 343 tonnes picked up by Council staff during kerbside collection had been recycled.

“This year, we were able to recycle 343 tonnes of the waste that was placed on the kerbside across the city,” Cr Cook said.

“This means that we are able to redirect that rubbish away from landfill and recycle it instead which is important for sustainable waste practices.”

Cr Cook said this year’s kerbside collection went extremely well and that residents really followed the instructions well.

“Last year was the first time in more than a decade that Council had delivered a kerbside collection program and there was some smoothing out that we needed to do.

“This year we were able to condense the schedule for the pick-ups and residents knew what to expect.

“This year, including the flood collection, there has been nearly 15,000 tonnes collected from the kerb.

“I’m proud of the service our waste team are delivering to the community and I look forward to it continuing into the future.”

Stats and figures:

  • 24,445 properties have presented waste and had it collected,
  • Out of the eligible properties that had the service pass through the suburb there was presentation rate of 34%
  • A total of 2,890 tonnes of waste have been collected
    • Of which 343 tonnes have been recycled
    • This equates to an average pile weigh of 118kg/presenting property
  • The service is now 100% complete.

Flood Waste Collection:

  • In total nearly 30,000 tonnes of flood waste was produced from the monsoon event
  • This included almost 12,000 tonnes of flood waste that was collected from the kerbside from a collaboration between TCCs crews, contractors and the ADF
  • Another 18,000 tonnes of flood waste was delivered to Council’s waste facilities and temporary sites in the weeks following the event.