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Waste and recycling programs

Find details here of City of Gold Coast's waste and recycling programs.

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Green waste drop and go

Man unloading a ute full of garden waste

To make recycling of garden waste faster and easier, the City is expanding its network of green waste drop and go’s at our Waste and Recycling Centres (WRC) across the Gold Coast. These zones are now operational at the Reedy Creek WRC, Molendinar WRC and Merrimac WRC. There’s a new green waste drop and go zone opening at a brand new location in Coomera – coming soon.

You are now able to drive in and drop your green waste directly off the back of your vehicle or trailer onto a designated ground level area. This eliminates the need for lifting and loading into bins which means a faster trip and reduced waiting times.

Residents now have the flexibility to dispose of large quantities of green waste at their convenience.

All green waste must be separated and free from contamination. Please remember to cover your load while transporting your green waste to our facilities.

What you can drop off

Residential amounts of garden waste, including:

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  • flowers
  • garden prunings
  • grass clippings
  • leaves
  • tree branches and trunks
  • weeds.

What you can’t drop off

  • rocks, stones, soil or potting mix
  • building and renovation waste (such as timber and fence palings)
  • commercial quantities of green waste
  • treated timber
  • green waste in a bag
  • food
  • manure and animal waste
  • general household rubbish or recyclables
  • plant pots
  • medical syringes
  • clothes and shoes
  • hessian or plastic bags
  • hazardous waste or chemicals.

Who can use this service?

All the above listed WRCs will only accept green waste from City residents (domestic customers).

Commercial mowing and landscape gardeners will be required to pay to use this service. See the Register of fees and charges for 2018-19 (page 101).

Managing organic waste on the Gold Coast

The City has implemented a number of innovative strategies to reduce the volume of green waste going to landfill.

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