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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 expanded plastic and polystyrene

Requirements to accept expanded plastic and polystyrene at City of Gold Coast (City) landfills:

  • small quantities of plastic/polystyrene must be bagged and taped up prior to arrival
  • large quantities must be contained in industrial plastic bags or, if in block form, taped together to make large cubes, prior to arrival.

Expanded plastic/polystyrene that is attached to wood, steel or any other heavy item does not have to be bagged or taped. This may be charged at the expanded plastic/polystyrene fee.

Polystyrene prices apply to commercial customers and over size domestic loads.

Why expanded plastic/polystyrene needs to be bagged or taped

  • Because of its light-weight nature, it can easily be blown or washed onto road sides, or into waterways, beaches and parks, making it a major environmental hazard and one of the main litter culprits.
  • The City is obligated by law to address potential environmental hazards.
  • In extreme conditions, the material may become airborne and cause accidents.

How to dispose of expanded plastic polystyrene responsibly

  • Recycle all clean uncontaminated product.
  • Cover and secure all loads.
  • Bag all loose or small expanded plastic/polystyrene.
  • Tape together medium-sized pieces into large blocks.
  • Large quantities may be reprocessed for reuse/remanufacture.
  • Contact suppliers to ask them to minimise unnecessary use of this product.

Enquiries

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

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