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Waste and recycling on the Gold Coast

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Recycling household hazardous waste

Household hazardous waste

City of Gold Coast provides drop off facilities for household hazardous waste for residents at two designated community waste and recycling centres - Helensvale and Merrimac waste and recycling centres.

Why do I need to dispose of my household hazardous waste correctly?

Household hazardous waste includes everyday products such as bleach, oven cleaners, mineral turpentine, fuel, herbicides and pool chlorine. Many of these products are not dangerous goods, however some can be flammable, corrosive, explosive or toxic and must never be disposed of in your household waste bin.

For safety reasons, residents are asked to deliver hazardous waste in non-leaking containers. Please be aware that the City keeps all containers that the waste is delivered in.

Some handy tips:

  • a maximum of 20 litres of household hazardous waste will be accepted per household
  • it is possible to drop off items where the resident is no longer certain of the type of waste stored (e.g. unlabelled waste that has been decanted into another container). The waste disposal and recycling contractor separates these items, analyses them and treats accordingly.

The following items are not accepted at household hazardous waste drop off points:

  • asbestos
  • explosive items such as ammunitions, explosives and flares.

What happens to household hazardous waste?

Household hazardous waste is separated and treated according to its type.

How do I reduce household hazardous waste?

  • Look for non-hazardous alternatives.
  • Only buy what you need.

What do I do with my waste paint?

Paint is now recycled as part of the Paintback scheme. Paintback eligible products are accepted at the following centres:

  • Helensvale and Merrimac (residential waste) - up to 20 litres per visit only
  • Reedy Creek and Molendinar (residential and commercial waste) - up to 100 litres per visit, in containers no larger than 20 litres

 

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