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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.

Disposal of drums and drummed waste

Note: To recycle small quantities (up to 20L) of household liquid wastes in drums, like paint and other chemicals, please visit recycling household hazardous waste

The disposal of drums at landfills is strictly regulated by the Queensland Environment Protection Agency. Commercial transporters of drums of regulated waste or non-commercial transporters of drums of regulated waste weighing more than 250 kilograms must comply with regulated waste transport licensing and tracking requirements. Please note drums containing regulated waste cannot be accepted for disposal at City of Gold Coast (City) landfills.

If all requirements for the haulage and cleansing of drums are undertaken prior to transportation and the requisite paperwork is held, the drums will be recyclable and therefore should not be disposed of at landfills.

Drum recyclers are listed in the Yellow Pages under 'Drum manufacturers, reconditioners and/or dealers'.

Waste description

Empty drums and drums containing solid waste are processed as 'special wastes' because they generally contain or have contained regulated waste, which requires different handling and treatment methods from ordinary waste to ensure safe storage, transportation and disposal.

Drums that previously have held regulated waste will be accepted for disposal only if all requirements of the Guideline for Drum Reconditioning (ERA No:79) are met. Drums will be accepted at City landfills only when documentary verification of the appropriate treatment of the drums is provided and all labelling that is no longer applicable has been removed.

The requirements for acceptance of this type of waste are part of the licence conditions set by the Queensland Environment Protection Agency. The guidelines are in place to protect the environment, staff and customers at the City’s waste landfills and transfer stations.

Acceptance criteria

For drums to be accepted as waste suitable for disposal at a landfill, the following method or treatment is necessary prior to delivery.

  • Empty drums (e.g. 20 litres, 200 litres) or containers must have residual material effectively removed and be punctured at the top, middle and bottom, along their height in two rows on opposite sides.

    The punctures must be at least 30 millimetres by 30 millimetres. The drums will not be treated as regulated waste provided they have been triple rinsed, pressure rinsed or have been cleaned thoroughly by a method that achieves equivalent results.

    An example of an equivalent result is that achieved by pressure rinsing at a licensed drum reconditioning facility.
  • Drummed waste – waste in the drums must be solid. Drums must be punctured at the top, middle and bottom, along their height in two rows on opposite sides, to demonstrate that the waste is solid.

    The punctures must be at least 30 millimetres by 30 millimetres. All inappropriate labelling must be obliterated or removed. No regulated waste other than that permitted under the licence will be accepted for disposal at City landfills.
  • Waste paint containers – must be less than 205 litres in size and have no more than five per cent of their contents remaining. Such contents must not be regulated waste for the purposes of disposal at a licensed landfill, and must be in a completely solidified state.

Customers will be required to provide information on the source of the drums/material and the method used to clean the drums.

Before disposal will be permitted, customers will be required to provide written documentation, a Material Safety Data Sheet or sample analysis confirming the contents of the load.

Please follow all instructions provided by staff at the weighbridge and landfill drop off area.

Enquiries

For further information, please call us on 07 5667 5976.

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