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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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Recycling and reducing waste

Minimising waste

There are many ways to reduce the waste delivered to City of Gold Coast landfills each day. The City has developed a draft Solid Waste Strategy as a guide to increase recycling and reduce waste, but we need everyone's help to achieve the set targets. We have some useful tips on how you can easily reduce the waste you produce at home, work and play.

We have a recycling business directory which can help you find the local businesses that recycle many unwanted materials either free or for a fee. Planet Ark also has two national recycling directories - Recycling near you (domestic recycling) and Business Recycling (commercial recycling). The directories have great information about materials you can recycle and reuse.

Queensland Government - Containers for Change program

The State Government Containers for Change program launched on 1 November 2018.

The introduction of the state-wide scheme will provide community members with an opportunity to collect and return approved containers for recycling in exchange for a refund.

This will encourage:

  • a reduction in the amount of littered drink containers
  • increased recycling rates in Queensland.

Like other Councils in Queensland, the City is supportive of this State Government initiative; however, collection depots will (generally) be run by private organisations who were awarded a contract via a tender-style process.

The program will also provide benefits to social enterprises, communities, and regional and remote areas by creating new job, recycling and fundraising opportunities.

Residents can continue to recycle bottles, cans and cartons in their yellow top recycle bins should they choose not to redeem a refund on eligible containers.

As part of our ongoing commitment to divert waste from landfill, we contract recyclers such as the Endeavour Foundation to recover re-saleable goods from our landfills and recycling drop offs.

For more details or frequently asked questions, please visit the Containers for Change website.

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