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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.

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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.


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

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