|The most frequently littered item on the Gold Coast. They are made from plastic that doesn’t break down readily in the environment. They also contain chemical residues that are toxic to wildlife.
|Stub out your butts and put them in any public bin. If you can’t find a bin nearby, use a personal ashtray or waste container and take it home for disposal.
|Often contains synthetic rubber, petroleum-based wax and plastic. It can harm wildlife when swallowed. It costs the City time and money to remove gum from footpaths and malls.
|Wrap your gum in paper or a tissue and put it in the bin. Or carry a small container for waste gum and dispose at home.
|Can block drains and cause flooding during storms. It can also harm wildlife if they swallow it or become entangled.
|Find a bin or take your rubbish home with you. Don’t leave loose cups, containers and packaging in the ute tray or trailer where they can blow away.
|Can wash into drains and pollute waterways with excess nutrients, causing algal blooms. They also contain pathogens that can make people sick.
|Your dog and its waste are your responsibility. Remember to bring your dog bags when out and about and pick up after your pet.
|Examples such as glitter, confetti and balloons are single-use plastics that can pollute and stay in the environment for a long time. They harm wildlife when swallowed. Releasing balloons is a littering offence in Queensland.
|Use alternatives to celebrate in the park or at the beach. Bubbles, flowers, paper decorations, rice, lights or cloth bunting can be used instead of plastic.
|Waste that people place on the footpath, hoping that others will like it and take it away. Neighbours often complain about it and Council picks it up, costing the ratepayer millions of dollars each year. Kerbside waste is ugly and a safety hazard.
|Eligible residents can book a City on-demand waste pick up service. It’s free once a year. Otherwise, refer to the other options outlined in the ‘Disposing of large and bulky waste items’ section.
|Often dumped because there are costs for their disposal. They contain synthetic rubber and oil-based plastics, so are a significant fire risk if stockpiled. They are also a breeding ground for mosquitos.
|Before you dispose of a tyre, consider a repair or retread. Tyres can also be recycled, either through your accredited tyre dealer, direct to a local recycler or via your City Waste and Recycling Centre.
|Can spread weeds and plant diseases if they are dumped into bushland and waterways. They can also block drains and stormwater pipes, causing flooding. Excess nutrients from garden waste in waterways can cause algal blooms.
|Consider chipping or composting your garden waste at home. Consider ordering a green organics bin or drop off your garden waste to a City Green Organics Drop and Go Centre.
|Unwanted waste items are often dumped next to charity bins or outside charity shops when closed. These items become a burden for charities. It costs the charities time and money to dispose of these broken, stained and unacceptable donations.
|Read the signs. Only leave items that are on the accepted list and will fit into the charity bin. Contact the charity directly if you wish to donate furniture or other bulky items. Take stained, broken and unaccepted items to a Waste and Recycling Centre.
|Includes timber, metal, insulation, plasterboard, masonry, rock and soil. This waste can cause injury if left exposed. It can also block waterways and cause flooding. Some materials are dangerous to human health too, like asbestos.
|Builders and renovators are responsible for disposing of all waste properly at the end of the construction or demolition period. Dumped or abandoned construction materials should be reported, even if the offender is not known.