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Cook Shire Council is urging community members to get ready for extreme weather season and is offering free dumping for sorted domestic waste at all Cook Shire Waste Transfer stations, from Tuesday 25 October until Monday 7 November 2022, to help them prepare.

Council Officer, Ambre Paran getting ready for free dumping days at Cooktown Waste Transfer Station

Cook Shire Council Waste Officer, Ambre Paran gets ready for free dumping days at Cooktown Waste Transfer Station. 

“The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting above average rainfall and an increased likelihood of an earlier than expected onset of tropical cyclone season,” said Cook Shire Mayor Peter Scott.

“Preparation is key when it comes to dealing with extreme weather events. Clearing and disposing of loose debris and domestic waste from around our homes and properties is one of the simple and effective ways we can prepare our homes and our families for what might come,” added Mayor Scott.

Community members taking advantage of the free dumping days are reminded that their waste must be pre-sorted and that all un-sorted waste will be charged according to regular fees and charges.

Ahead of the wet season, other preparations include the temporary removal of the remote waste skip bins located at Starke River Boat Ramp, Annie River Boat Ramp (Marina Plains) and Port Stewart.

“During the wet, the roads and the rain make it impossible for Council’s trucks to access, remove and replace these remote skip bins. They fill up with waste and water and become a hazard, so it’s in the interest of public health and safety that we remove them until we can resume regular service,” Council’s Waste Management Coordinator Tim Ryle explained.

Alternate waste facilities are located at the Cooktown Waste Transfer Station (WTS), Lakeland WTS, Ayton WTS, Laura WTS, Coen Landfill, Portland Roads Waste Facility and Moreton Telegraph Slit Trench on the Telegraph Road.

For more information on Council's waste facilities, please visit or contact Council on 4082 0500.

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