Landfill Closures

Dalby, Chinchilla and Miles Landfills

The landfills at Dalby, Chinchilla and Miles are closed.

Loads of waste up to 15m3 can be taken to the Dalby, Chinchilla or Miles Waste and Recycling Centres with larger loads generally taken directly to the Winfields Road Waste Management Centre at Jandowae.


Burra Burri Waste Landfill Closure

When and why is it closing?

Burra Burri landfill is closing commencing 1 October 2019. This closure has been directed by the State Government who own the Reserve the landfill is situated on. The Reserve is designated as a “Water and Camping” Reserve and the use as a landfill is not consistent with the purpose of the Reserve. The landfill has also been problematic for some time with illegal fires, inappropriate use and other environmental risks.

Council wants to be careful with ratepayers’ money, so it’s just not practical to keep all of the landfills operating indefinitely. Many other regional landfills have also been closed.

Where am I supposed to go now?

Your options include:

  • Chinchilla Waste & Recycling Centre – Slessar Street, Chinchilla
  • Jandowae Waste Facility – Winfields Road, Jandowae

It’s too far for me to go somewhere else…

We understand that you may feel inconvenienced, but Council is confident that it is still providing a very good service level for waste disposal across the region.

Council is committed to providing high quality, supervised waste and recycling centres with reasonable travel distances for all residents to access a facility.

Council anticipates the majority of residents who currently utilize the Burra Burri landfill regularly travel to larger towns such as Jandowae or Chinchilla which offer free disposal for domestic waste.

How are you going to stop people dumping at the Landfill or dumping illegally?

Access to the site will be blocked off once it is closed and the site must be rehabilitated to the satisfaction of the State Government using existing and imported clean cover material. Council will be required to monitor the site for illegal dumping of waste.

Council is also asking the community to keep an eye out for people doing the wrong thing.  If you see someone illegally dumping you can report it by calling 1300 COUNCIL or to the State Government’s Pollution Hotline on 1300 130 372.

Penalties are significant for illegal dumping offences particularly if it ends up in court.  Council is hopeful that people will want to do the right thing and that the risk of landing in court and facing severe penalties will be a deterrence.

Will the site be left a mess or will it be rehabilitated?

Council must have a long-term rehabilitation plan for the site/s to the satisfaction of the State.  This will include cleaning up the exposed waste, some earthworks and regular monitoring for pest weeds.

What other rubbish tip sites are closing?

No firm plans have been made on other closures at this stage.  Each facility is being reviewed on a case by case basis in line with the broader regional plan.


Macalister, Yamsion, Cooranga North and 21 Mile Waste Landfills Closure

Waste landfills in the districts of Macalister, Yamsion, Cooranga North and 21 Mile have reached their full capacity and are closed.

No further loads of waste will be accepted at these landfills.

Over the past few years, Council has been working on an ambitious strategy called ‘Towards a Waste Wise Western Downs’. This strategy includes a move towards increased recycling and reuse of waste, offering improved wheelie bin services, better education for our residents on recycling and waste management, and better management of our landfills and recycling facilities.

Landfills at Macalister, Yamsion, Cooranga North and 21 Mile were problematic for quite some time. They are full and there is no room to expand them or funding to cover the enormous costs to get these sites up to standard within new strict state laws on waste management. These sites were often illegally lit creating a fire hazard, and became a haven for feral animals.

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By closing these facilities, Council continues to demonstrate its commitment to providing high quality, supervised waste and recycling centres spread strategically across the region. This means the majority of residents will only have to travel up to 25 kilometres to experience a first-class waste centre.

A complete list of waste disposal facilities in the Western Downs Region include… 

Other waste disposal options may include:

Closed landfill sites will undergo a long-term rehabilitation program so that the sites will be improved aesthetically and be environmentally safe.

There will be regular monitoring of the sites to ensure that no illegal dumping occurs.


Alternative Site Recycling Opportunities


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