SUEZ Cairns Resource Recovery Centre

Opened in 2003, SUEZ'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

Find out more about our ARRT Facility*

*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 SUEZ 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.

Open for:

  • Not open to public

Accepted Waste Types:

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

Environment and Safety

At SUEZ, we take our responsibility to the safety of people and the environment seriously.

All visitors to SUEZ facilities must observe site safety requirements, including wearing enclosed footwear at all times.
SUEZ Environment Report Hotline

SUEZ has a dedicated Environment Report Hotline for anyone living, or working, near one of our facilities in New South Wales and Victoria.
The hotline has been set up to receive feedback on environmental matters which are sometimes associated with recycling and waste management facilities – like odours, noise, dust and mud tracking.
This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Your call will always be answered by a real person - not just an automated message - who will enter your feedback and forward it immediately to the staff at the facility. This allows us to take immediate action to determine the cause of any concerns you may have, and gives us the best chance of rectifying the situation quickly.

A SUEZ employee will endeavour to contact you within 24 hours with feedback on your report.
To provide your feedback, please call:
NSW/VIC - 1800 ENV REP (1800 368 737)