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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.

Kerbside cleanups

City of Gold Coast (City) will be funding a kerbside clean-up for Divisions 1-7 in the 2016-17 financial year. Funding for kerbside clean-up for Divisions 8-14 will be allocated in the 2017-18 financial year.

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, that 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).

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

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

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

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

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

Kerbside clean-up schedule 

Kerbside clean-up is spilt up over a two week period for each Division, with approximately half of the Division collected in Week 1 and the remainder in Week 2.

The kerbside clean-up notification flyer will provide dates when you can place items on the kerb and when the items will be collected. This will ensure you will not miss your collection or have your items out for collection too early.  

Visit our Council Divisions page to find out which division your property is located in.

Division Week 1 collection dates (2016) Week 2 collection dates (2016)
1 14 November - 18 November 21 November - 25 November
2 31 October - 4 November 7 November - 11 November
3 28 November - 2 December 5 December - 9 December
4 4 October - 7 October 10 October - 14 October
5 17 October - 21 October 24 October - 28 October
6 5 September - 9 September 12 September - 16 September
7 22 August - 26 August 29 August - 2 September

Further information is available in the Frequently asked questions below.

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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 areas 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
    • Hope Island and Sanctuary Cove resort complexes (serviced by a private contractor)
  • 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.

  • 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 8-14 included in the 2016-17 kerbside clean-up?

    As Divisions 8-14 were serviced by the citywide kerbside clean-up in late 2015 or early 2016 there will have been a shorter timeframe between their last kerbside clean-up and the current schedule.

    It is anticipated that Divisions 8-14 will be funded for kerbside clean-up in the 2017-18 financial year.

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

    Council of the City of Gold Coast has decided to fund a city-wide Kerbside Clean-up program over two years.

    Divisions 8-14 will be allocated funding for kerbside clean-up in the 2017-18 financial year.

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