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Waste and recycling on the Gold Coast

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Kerbside clean-ups

City of Gold Coast has funded a kerbside clean-up for Divisions 1 to 7 between August and December 2018.

Kerbside clean-up schedule

Kerbside clean-ups were completed for Divisions 4, 6, and 8 to 14 (inclusive) between July and December 2017.

Kerbside clean-ups for 2018 are split over a two week period for each of the divisions listed below. Please note that not all divisions are included each year. Please see the Frequently asked questions below for instructions on how to find out which division your property is in.

All eligible residents are sent a notification flyer in their letterbox seven to 10 days prior to the commencement of collection in their area.

Division Start Finish
1 3 December 2018 14 December 2018
2 19 November 2018 30 November 2018
3 22 October 2018 2 November 2018
4 8 October 2018 19 October 2018
5 5 November 2018 16 November 2018
6 3 September 2018 14 September 2018
7 20 August 2018 31 August 2018

Kerbside clean-ups give residents the chance to have unwanted items (size limits and lists of allowable/unacceptable items are detailed below) removed free of charge, which they have been unable to dispose of through the City’s bin collection services or at one of our waste and recycling centres.

Allowable items

  • furniture (remove cupboard doors)
  • carpet and rugs
  • mattresses
  • bath and laundry tubs
  • bikes and sporting equipment
  • wood products (no longer than 1.5 metres)
  • small household appliances (e.g. fans, toasters, microwaves)
  • electronic waste (e.g. computers, televisions)
  • bagged green waste and prunings (e.g. palm fronds and prunings tied in bundles)
  • washers, dryers and stoves.
  • load size less than two cubic metres and items no longer than 1.5 metres.

Items that will not be collected (including size limits)

  • fridges and freezers
  • household waste and recycling (including food scraps)
  • commercial builders and business waste
  • bricks, concrete, dirt and stones
  • gas bottles
  • car parts, tyres, batteries
  • glass and mirrors
  • linoleum (lino) and fibro sheeting
  • liquids and hazardous waste (e.g. asbestos, paint, chemicals and oil)
  • loads larger than two cubic metres and items longer than 1.5 metres
  • heavy items (must be able to be lifted by two people).

Note: Items are not to be placed out for collection prior to the dates nominated for your division (the weekend immediately preceding the first collection day for your property) or after collection has occurred in your street. 

Items left on the kerb outside the nominated period will be regarded as illegally dumped and fines under the Waste Reduction and Recycling Act 2011 could be issued or other legal action instigated.

Some properties are not eligible for the kerbside clean-up program. These include:

  • high rise complexes
  • unit complexes with bulk bins
  • complexes with more than 10 units
  • some rural areas without a City-provided waste collection service.

For more information please see the frequently asked questions below.

Related information

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  • Who is eligible for the service?

    Most properties in Divisions 1-7 that receive a City wheelie bin collection service will be eligible for the kerbside clean-up.

    Some properties not included in the kerbside clean-up program are:

    • high rise complexes
    • unit complexes with bulk bins
    • complexes with 10 or more units
    • some rural areas that do not have a City-provided waste collection service.
  • How much can I put out?

    Limit your kerbside collection items to two (2) cubic metres maximum (the size of a small box trailer).

    Items must be no longer than 1.5 metres.

  • How do I know what division I am in?

    You can find a list of suburbs and associated divisions on our Council Divisions page. If your suburb is split between more than one division, you can follow the instructions at the top of that page to use our City Plan interactive mapping to find which division your specific property is in. 

  • What happens if I put my items on the kerb outside the scheduled collection period?

    Illegal dumping fines may apply if items are placed on the kerb outside the scheduled collection period.

  • What items can be collected?

    YES

    • furniture (remove cupboard doors)
    • carpet and rugs
    • mattresses
    • bath and laundry tubs
    • bikes and sporting equipment
    • wood products (no longer than 1.5 metres)
    • small household appliances (e.g. fans, toasters, microwaves)
    • electronic waste (e.g. computers, televisions)
    • bagged green waste and prunings (e.g. palm fronds and prunings tied in bundles)
    • washers, dryers and stoves.
  • What items will not be collected?

    NO

    • fridges and freezers
    • household waste and recycling (including food scraps)
    • commercial builders and business waste
    • bricks, concrete, dirt and stones
    • gas bottles
    • car parts, tyres, batteries
    • glass and mirrors
    • linoleum (lino) and fibro sheeting
    • liquids and hazardous waste (e.g. asbestos, paint, chemicals and oil)
    • loads larger than two cubic metres and items longer than 1.5 metres
    • heavy items (must be able to be lifted by two people).
  • What are the safety obligations?

    When putting out items for collection remember:

    • to keep the piles tidy on the kerb so the footpath or roadway is kept clear - City of Gold Coast will not collect piles larger than two cubic metres (equal to a small box trailer load)
    • doors must be removed from cupboards and furniture
    • do not leave out sharp or dangerous objects
    • ensure that no materials containing asbestos are placed on the kerb for collection. Asbestos is a regulated waste and must be handled, treated and disposed of appropriately. Visit our Disposal of asbestos page for asbestos disposal requirements.
    • items must be able to be easily and safely lifted by two people
    • items must be secured if severe weather is expected.
  • Where can I take items that are not acceptable for kerbside collection?

    Most items that are not acceptable for kerbside collection can be disposed of free of charge at one of our waste and recycling centres.

    Please refer to our Landfill disposal fees table for items that attract a charge, including asbestos and tyres.

    Visit our Disposal of asbestos page for details of the requirements for the correct disposal of this extremely hazardous material.

  • When will my collection happen?

    All eligible residents will receive a notification flyer in their letterbox 7-10 days prior the commencement of the collection of their property. 

  • Why aren’t Divisions 8 to 14 included in the 2018-19 kerbside clean-up?

    The City funded a biennial kerbside clean-up for Divisions 1 to 7 in the 2016-17 financial year and Divisions 8 to 14 in the 2017-18 financial year.

    It was agreed to continue this arrangement for the 2018-19 financial year, funding Divisions 1 to 7.

  • When will Divisions 8 to 14 get another kerbside clean-up?

    City of Gold Coast has committed to fund a city-wide program over two years.

    Divisions 8 to 14 will be allocated funding for kerbside clean-ups in the 2019-20 financial year.

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