My waste

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Community action

The City of Gold Coast is the second largest local government area in Australia and the sixth largest city by population. By 2024, we expect to grow by many thousands of extra residents and homes. One of the by-products of the city’s growth and prosperity is the increased generation of solid waste. 

To preserve our enviable lifestyle and environment for years to come we need to take action, including:

  • reduce the amount of waste we send to landfill
  • increase our recycling.

Before you buy a single-use item or put something in the wrong bin, remember: It’s my waste, my responsibility

Reduce your waste

Avoid buying goods you don't need and select goods with minimal packaging where possible. You can also support local businesses and those with good sustainability practices. When grocery shopping, try to buy whole foods and use reusable containers, bags and wrappings. This reduces your household waste significantly.

Reuse when you can

Single-use products are a large contributor to landfill and totally avoidable. By remembering your reusable coffee cups and water bottles when out and about, you can easily reduce the amount of waste you send to landfill. Did you know we have free water refill stations around the city to help you stay hydrated? All you need is your reusable bottle!

Recycle more

A lot of items that go into your landfill bin can be recycled. When in doubt check the Australasian Recycling Label, which is displayed on most products packaged in Australia. You can also upsize your recycling bin so you have enough room for all your recyclables.

Visit our Recycle Street facilities to recycle large or specialised items, like batteries and white goods. For eligible customers our on-demand bulky kerbside collection is a great way to ensure as much as possible is recycled.

You can recycle garden organics by getting a green organics bin from Council. Organics generate methane when they break down in landfill, so should be reprocessed into compost. If your household generates large amounts of garden organics, you can easily drop them off at a Green Organics Drop and Go.

Use our Bin Day Finder for a reminder on what you can put in your bin and when they’ll be collected.

Dispose of waste responsibly

All waste and recyclables need to be put in a bin or dropped off to one of our Waste and Recycling Centres. When out and about, please use one of the 5000+ public bins installed in community spaces and parks. There are also specialty bins available, such as needle and syringe disposal units in all public toilet facilities, and tackle bins found at popular jetties and fishing spots.

Littering and dumping of waste are illegal and harmful to our environment. Large fines apply. The City’s Litter and illegal dumping reduction plan outlines what we are doing to stop litter and illegal dumping. Learn more about what you can do to keep our city clean.

Household reminder

Have you ever wondered how we process waste collected from households and why we want everyone to recycle properly? Watch this video to find out how we manage your household waste.

We also know how handy it can be to have reminders around the house on what you can and can’t recycle.

Business action

Supporting local businesses and those with a commitment to sustainability is a great way to be eco-friendly. Did you know that we have a Commercial food recycling program? Businesses that participate are diverting food waste from landfill and contributing to a better future.

We also work with not-for-profits like the Endeavour foundation to run the Reedy Creek Recycle Market and the Southport Tip Shop, and have charity bins at our Recycle Street facilities.

If you're looking for local businesses to help you increase your recycling efforts, like the GC Tool Library, you can check our Recycling business directory.

What we're doing

We're working to ensure our services help you to reduce waste to landfill and increase resource recovery. These services include:

We’re also continuing to focus on improving recycling, resource recovery and reducing the amount of waste that is sent to landfill. In order to invest in infrastructure to increase recycling initiatives, your general rates notice will now include a $5 Recycling Utility Charge as a separate line item on your bill.

Your $5 investment, along with a new $10 million fund established by the City, will support initiatives like community recycling hubs and programs, green organics drop-and-go sites and infrastructure to ensure we can recycle more materials. The new initiatives are in line with the State Waste Strategy, which encourages local governments to extend the life of landfills by recycling more and burying less waste annually

The Solid Waste Strategy 2024 outlines our commitments to a sustainable future. We’re working with you to understand how together we can create a sustainable, low-waste city.

State Government initiatives

The Queensland Government has a number of initiatives designed to reduce waste to landfill, including:

Queensland Government Waste Disposal Levy scheme, aimed at reducing the amount of waste we generate, increasing resource recovery and boosting the recycling industry. The cost of the levy for household waste is currently covered by a payment from the State. That payment is likely to stop in the next year or two.

Containers for change scheme, a recycling option for drink bottles and cans.

Queensland Government single-use plastic items ban, which took effect on 1 September 2021.