Transfer Stations and Landfills

Important Note

In line with the Queensland Government's easing of the COVID-19 restrictions, the following facilities have now been re-opened.


To help slow the spread of COVID-19, Council’s waste facilities will be accepting card payments only until further notice.

Townsville City Council is still delivering essential services throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Although our waste facilities remain open, Council urges residents to only visit when essential.

Social distancing and safety requirements apply and may result in delays.

How to avoid or reduce visits:

  • Postpone your visit until you have a full load of waste.
  • Make the most of your general waste and recycling bin collections.
  • Reuse, recycle or re-purpose waste materials.

Townsville Transfer Stations and Landfills

We have one operational landfill and five transfer stations that are open to the public for the purpose of waste disposal and depositing recycling. Council offers residents free household green waste and recycling disposal at all facilities, year round.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Hervey Range Transfer Station Resource Recovery Centre


Before you arrive, sort your household waste to save time and the environment at the new Resource Recovery Centre.

The centre is designed to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill. Residents will now dispose of recyclables at the centre before taking any non-recyclable waste to the Transfer Station.

It is important to load your waste so items can be easily sorted at the centre. Separate your household waste into the following categories before visiting:


  • Plastic and glass bottles, cans and paper
  • Reusable items for Tip Shop
  • E-Waste (up to 20 pieces)
  • Batteries
  • Used motor oil
  • Fluorescent lights
  • White goods and metals
  • Cardboard
  • Gas bottles
  • Green waste


  • Tyres
  • General waste


  • Load reusable and recyclable items last for easy removal
  • Flatten cardboard boxes and remove any plastic or styrofoam
  • Secure your load – make sure it is tied down and/or covered

Magnetic Island Transfer Station

Winner of the Transfer Stations Excellence Award (2017 Australian Landfill and Transfer Stations Innovation and Excellence Awards)

View our YouTube video to find out more about the Magnetic Island Transfer Station and how council is committed to a sustainable future for waste management in our region.