Operation Clean Up’s kerbside pick-up complete

Published on 01 March 2024

Storm clean up post 2023 weather event

Operation Clean Up’s mammoth kerbside pick-up is complete after about two months of hard work following the Christmas and New Year severe weather events.

More than 77,000 truckloads of waste has been removed from the kerbs of more than 1600 streets across the Gold Coast since Christmas Day.

City crews are also sweeping areas with specialist equipment to remove uprooted trees and stumps which were left due to concerns the underground services, like water, telecoms and gas, may have been caught up in the root system.

The City is also assessing parks and nature strips which lost trees to determine if the best way to revegetate the areas.

City crews who had been diverted from other City projects to help with the Operation Clean Up kerbside pick up will now return to their regular duties.

Operation Clean Up also operated a grants program which provided vulnerable storm affected residents financial assistance to clean up following the severe storms.

Operation Clean Up facts

  • 77,153 truckloads of waste removed
  • 1,673 streets targeted
  • 860km of roadway driven
  • 1,500 online registrations via the Operation Clean Up website
  • Approx. 60 crews and over 200 field staff
  • Equipment used
    • 2x large inline grinders used at processing sites
    • 13x 18” chippers
    • 16x 10” -12” chippers
  • 320 cubic metres of mulch given to the public
  • 346 residents collected mulch
    • Sun 4 Feb – 96 customers
    • Sun 11 Feb – 69 customers
    • Sun 18 Feb – 118 customers
    • Sun 25 Feb – 63 customers
  • 46,170 tonnes (or approx. 50,000 tonnes) of debris collected