Did you know that every household in our region produces nearly a tonne of waste each year?
Almost one million wheelie bins are serviced every month in Moreton Bay.
As the population in the region grows, ever-increasing amounts of waste create a huge disposal problem. Of the 400,000 tonnes of waste collected each year, 18,000 unsorted recyclables are collected and go straight into landfill. Almost 75% of the waste thrown into our wheelie bins could be recycled, mulched or composted.
But there’s good news around waste disposal too with new initiatives and disposal services that are opening up options for households to decrease the waste that goes to landfill.
Landfill gas is converted from the Caboolture and Dakabin landfills into green energy to power local households connected to the electricity grid. Currently, it powers over 6,000 homes, each year.
Adding mulch to your garden is one way to preserve moisture in the soil during hot spells, cut down on water usage, improve soil health and deter the growth of pesky weeds.
Moreton bay residents can collect garden mulch, free of charge, from the Caboolture and Dakabin waste facilities.
Resource Recovery at Dakabin and Caboolture Treasure Markets
One man’s trash is another’s treasure, so they say. Used indoor and outdoor household items in good, saleable condition, such as furniture, bikes, kitchenware, construction materials and recreational items, can be dropped off at any waste facility.
Treasure Market items are then available for sale at the Dakabin and Caboolture sites on Tuesdays to Sundays between 10am – 2pm. You may be pleasantly surprised what’s on offer: I noted some good quality patio glass tables and outdoor chairs in very good condition.