The Townsville Local Disaster Management Groups has advised residents who usually get their waste collected on a Thursday and Friday to place their wheelie bins on the kerb from 6am this Thursday, 1 February.

General waste and recycle waste trucks will collect the bins in the affected suburbs from Thursday through to Saturday.

TLDMG Chair Jenny Hill said waste collection services will return to normal from Monday, 5 February.


“Townsville City Council is catching up on the backlog following ex-Tropical Cyclone Kirrily and will be collecting bins through to the weekend,” Cr Hill said. “The weather event affected the normal collection service and Council crews have been working hard to collect bins. To make up for the disruption to service, bins will be collected on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. It is important for those residents who usually get their bins collected on a Thursday or Friday to leave them out until they are picked up.”

“I understand the inconvenience this has caused to some people, and I thank them for their patience while Council works to get the service running back to normal.” 

Cr Hill has also reminded residents to not throw batteries into the bin.

“A lot of people used batteries during this event to power their devices and we’ve seen instances of the old batteries being thrown into the bin and causing a fire in the trucks,” she said. “When these batteries are compacted they can ignite and create an unsafe environment for our drivers. There was an incident this morning of a fire starting in one of our trucks because of a battery. Please hold on to your old batteries and dispose of them at the any of the Citylibraries, the Stuart Waste Facility, Hervey Range Waste Facility or any b-cycle accredited drop off point.”

For more information on waste collection and battery disposal, visit Council’s website.