Cairns Resource Recovery Centre

Veolia Cairns Resource Recovery Centre

Opened in 2003, Veolia's Cairns ARRT Facility processes up to 125,000 tonnes of residential and commercial waste each year and services more than 150,000 residents in the Local Government areas of Cairns, Douglas and Mareeba. In addition, the facility also accepts waste from commercial businesses, assisting them to achieve higher waste diversion rates and achieve sustainability targets.

Contact Cairns

*This site is not open to the public.

Lyons St & Ray Jones Drive, Cairns City QLD 4870


Cairns Enquiries: 07 4245 8400
General Enquiries: 13 13 35


Open hours:
Monday: 6:00am – 5:00pm

Tuesday: 6:00am – 5:00pm

Wednesday: 6:00am – 5:00pm

Thursday: 6:00am – 5:00pm

Friday: 6:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday: 6:00am – 5:00pm

Sunday: 6:00am – 5:00pm


Keep up to date with our holiday operating hours here.

Restricted hours may apply on some public holidays. For information regarding opening hours, fees, acceptance criteria or other site-specific information, please submit our online enquiry form or call Customer Service on 13 13 35.

What is on-site at Cairns

  • Advanced Resource Recovery Technology Facility (ARRT)
  • Transfer Station

Cairns Advanced Resource Recovery Technology Facility

The Bedminster technology deployed sorts non-organic materials from mixed solid waste and composts the remaining organic material through drum composting and maturation.

Through processing of the organic food and garden material in accordance with appropriate Australian Standards, the facility produces high-quality compost which is sold to local horticultural enterprises, such as sugarcane producers.


The use of organic products such as Veolia Organic Crop-ARRT™ Regenerate compost assists local farmers to better manage nutrients on-farm. When applied to agricultural land, the compost reduces nutrient run-off, improves the efficiency of plant nutrient uptake and improves the structure and water holding capacity of soils.


The role of compost in reducing water, sediment and nutrient migration to local waterways has been recognised by its inclusion in the Federal Government's $200 million Reef Rescue Plan, which aims to minimise damage to the Great Barrier Reef by improving land and water management practices. Local farmers may now apply for funding to apply compost to their land under this program.

Learn more about our Organic Facilities

Open for:

  • Not open to public


Accepted Waste Types:

  • Construction & Demolition
  • Food waste
  • Mixed Putrescible
  • Quarantine waste
  • Product Destruction


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