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Waste and recycling on the Gold Coast

Information about waste and recycling services on the Gold Coast is available in one central location.

Commercial waste management

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City of Gold Coast (City) offers businesses an extensive range of waste management services. These include kerbside commercial waste, commingled recycling and green waste collections, and landfill access for recycling or disposal of commercial and industrial waste.

The City is able to provide waste and recycling collection services to any commercial property within the service area of the Gold Coast. Waste and recycling services can also be arranged for special events.

Types of bins available

There are three types of bins available:

  • wheelie bins
  • bulk containers
  • roll-on, roll-off (RORO) containers

Bins are available in a range of sizes:

Bulk bin dimensions (includes wheels and pockets)

Size Bulk bin capacity (litres) Length (millimetres) Width (millimetres) Height (millimetres)
1 660 - plastic 1420 780 1210
2A 750 - steel 1720 900 1060
2 1000 - steel 1720 900 1050
3 1100 - plastic 1420 1100 1270
4A 1500 - plastic 2025 1300 1110
4 1500 - steel 2040 1050 1220
5A 2000 - steel 2040 1180 1430
5 2250 - steel 2020 1450 1340
6 3000 - steel 2040 1450 1590

Wheelie bin dimensions

Wheelie bin capacity (litres) Length (millimetres) Width (millimetres) Height (millimetres)
140 615 505 915
240 730 550 1060
360 865 650 1100
  • Find your wheelie bin size

    The size of your wheelie bin is imprinted on the right hand side of the top rim of your bin body (see photo). The stamp includes information about the Australian Standard number, bin size (in litres) and bin weight (in kilograms). You may be required to know your bin size when changing sizes or repairing your bins.



RORO (Roll on-Roll off) bin dimensions

Ro-Ro bin capacity (cubic metres) Length (millimetres) Width (millimetres) Height (millimetres)
10 6405 2140 2066
15 6405 2400 2056
23 6497 2464 2139
30 6506 2463 2566

Ordering bin services

If your business or body corporate would like to set up a new waste, recycling or green waste collection service with the City or you want to alter your existing service, you can download the Commercial and / or shared bin application form. Technical officers are available to help you assess your needs onsite by calling 07 5667 5976. A completed liability waiver form is also required to complete the application.

Temporary waste and recycling collection services can also be requested. Businesses can order additional services for a period of up to three months by completing the Additional Bin Services form. Waste and recycling bins required for an event or function can otherwise be ordered by event organisers using the pre-paid functions and events form.

Find the link to the application forms below.

Commercial waste services

Commercial waste wheelie bins can be serviced up to seven days per week. Wheelie bin sizes are 140 litre, 240 litre, and 360 litre.

Bulk waste containers of various sizes can be serviced as required, up to seven days per week.

Roll-On Roll-Off (RORO) containers are for waste only, and can be serviced as required, up to seven days per week. RORO waste container sizes are 10, 15, 20, and 23 cubic metres.

Bulk waste bin cleaning services are also available on application. Compacted bulk waste services and compacted RORO services can also be arranged, but users of such services must provide their own waste compactor and waste bin. Call us on 07 5667 5976 for competitive rates for waste and recycling services.

Find the link to the Bulk waste bin cleaning services application form below.

Commercial recycling services

The City is committed to diverting waste from landfill and encourages the recycling of suitable materials where possible. Recycling is not only good for the environment, but can assist you to make considerable savings on your waste removal bill.

Types of items that can be collected for recycling include:

  • glass jars and bottles (no other glass items are acceptable)
  • rigid plastic containers (excluding styrofoam)
  • aluminium cans, steel cans and aerosols
  • clean cardboard, newspapers, magazines and cartons

A commercial recycling service can be provided by the City for 140 litre, 240 litre or 360 litre wheelie bins.

Bulk recycling containers of various sizes are also available. Call us on 07 5667 5976 for information on possible collection frequency.

Bulk recycling bin cleaning services are also available on application.

Find the link to the Bulk waste bin cleaning services application form below.

New development clearance guidance

It is important that new commercial buildings and other multi-storey developments are designed with suitable space available for easy waste collection vehicle access and servicing of bin storage areas. Clearance calculations should take into account:

  • collection vehicle dimensions – travelling height, servicing height, width, length and turning radius
  • added margins (100 millimetres height and 500 millimetres width) for vehicle dimensions to allow for truck variation
  • if applicable, additional margin allowed for wall-mounted / under-ceiling services (lighting, water, sewerage, electricity, data, air-conditioning, fire systems and other emergency) and other permanent fixtures (bollards, barriers, cupboards and signs)
  • if applicable, additional margin allowed for roadway gradients at basement entrances and near storage areas

Waste collection vehicle dimension diagrams are provided for three vehicle types, typically used for commercial waste and recycling collections - side lift truck (wheelie bins), front loader (bulk bins) and hook lift truck (RORO 35 cubic metres bin).

Further advice on waste collection vehicle clearances for developments can be found in the City Plan policy SC6.13 Solid Waste Management – Appendix C.


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