Mount Isa City Council will temporarily close the Waste Management Facility Container Exchange platform at close of business on Sunday, March 29.
Council said the decision was in the interest of the public and Council employee safety and is in line with the safety recommendations in recent government announcements about the spread of COVID-19.
All other facilities at the Waste Management Facility will remain operational.
While Council will continue to accept and process eligible containers up until Sunday 29, they recommended visitors note increased safety and social distancing practices and comply with instructions given by Facility staff.
Council said wait times can also be expected to increase notably for customer's requesting cash rebates as the sorting facilities are now required to be sterilised between processes.
They said people wanting containers processed before platform closure attain a Scheme ID number through the Containers for Change website which will allow the rebate to be paid directly to a bank account, so they may simply drop their containers where instructed and leave the WMF with unnecessary interaction.
Council said they appreciated people's patience and understanding if long queues or wait times are experienced on Sunday.
Members of the community are encouraged to hang on to their containers until the platform reopens when additional staff may be required to mitigate the potential influx of containers.
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