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Waste Disposal Facilities - Opening hours

Cooktown Waste Transfer Station

Day Time
Tuesday 7am - 4pm

7am - 9am

3pm - 5pm


7am - 9am

3pm - 5pm

Friday 7am - 4pm
Saturday CLOSED

8am - 12pm

12.30pm - 4.30pm

EFTPOS now available for minimum transactions of $10 (debit cards only - no credit cards)

Ayton Waste Transfer Station

Day Time
Wednesday 2pm - 4pm
Saturday 11am - 1pm

Lakeland Waste Transfer Station

Day Time
Tuesday 8am - 12pm
Sunday 8am - 12pm

Laura Waste Transfer Station

Day Time
Monday 1pm-4pm
Friday 1pm-4pm
Sunday 2pm-4pm

Please note that all above mentioned facilities are closed on Christmas Day and Good Friday.

In the above sites, Cook Shire residents can deposit paper, cardboard, glass,  aluminium cans, tin cans, plastic bottles, scrap metal (inclusive of car bodies), green waste, paints and oils (<20 litres), solvents, bleach and detergents (<20 litres), pesticides (<5 litres), lead acid batteries, gas bottles, waste oil, e-waste (televisions, computers and computer accessories) and white goods (except fridges, freezers and air conditioners) for free.

Recycling Depots

Recycling skip bins and trailers are a user friendly and convenient way to dispose of your recyclables such as paper and cardboard, plastic containers, aluminium and tin cans and glass containers at any day or time.

  • Racecourse Road, Cooktown
  • Cooktown Events Centre
  • Hope Street, Cooktown (next to Council's Office)
  • Foyster Drive, Lakeland
  • Rossville Markets, Rossville
  • West Street, Ayton
Please ensure all containers to be recyled are clean before placing in the recyling. 

Waste disposal in Tropical North Queensland

Local Governments across the region provides dedicated waste disposal facilities for general rubbish, recyclables and regulated waste (eg waste oil, car batteries). The North Queensland regional waste management committee (LAWMAC) has compiled a map of all the waste disposal facilities in North Queensland that visitors and locals can access to dispose various types of waste.

Get the map here: http://www.lawmac.org.au/wastedisposalsites.html

View Tropical North Waste Disposal Facilities in a larger map