Recycle Street

Recycle Street makes recycling easier, faster and more convenient. This initiative is a one-stop facility to recycle unwanted items when you visit the recycling centres.

How it works

Ensure you have sorted your loads before arriving at the waste and recycling centre. Drive into the centre and drop off your recyclables at Recycle Street first. Then move on to dispose of any other waste you might have.

This initiative is a self-service ‘street’. There is a colour-coded shopfront for each type of recycled waste material.

Customers using Recycle Street can identify quickly where to place their recycled goods. Each bin is clearly colour coded according to type of material, such as paint, motor oil, car batteries and hazardous chemicals.

Colour coding

Charity bins (beige signage)

Accepted Not accepted
Goods that can be resold at local charities Goods that are not of resale quality

Batteries (purple signage)

Accepted Not accepted

Car, motorbike and boat batteries

Household batteries


Gas bottles (green signage)

Accepted Not accepted
Domestic gas bottles up to nine kilograms Industrial gas bottles

Motor oil (orange signage)

Accepted Not accepted
Household motor oil only – up to 20 litres accepted. Fuel

Hazardous (black signage)

Accepted Not accepted
Household chemicals only – up to 20 litres accepted. Chemicals must be disposed of in containers with secure lids. All other types of hazardous materials, e.g. asbestos, explosives

Paint (pink signage)

Accepted - Only up to 20 litres Not accepted
Interior and exterior paint, floor paint Aerosol paints
Primers, sealers and undercoats Anti-fouling coatings
Stains and shellacs Automotive and industrial paints
Varnishes and urethanes Paint thinners, mineral spirits or solvents

e-waste (teal signage)

Accepted Not accepted
Television Mobile phones
Computers and laptops Batteries
Notebooks and tablets DVD players or recorders
Monitors Radios
Speakers Cassette players
Remote controls CD players
Printers Game consoles
Scanners Fax machines
Computer-related accessories Cameras or video cameras
Computer mice, webcams, keyboards Microphones and head phones

Benefits to the community

Launched on 5 June 2018, World Environment Day, at the Helensvale Waste and Recycling Centre, Recycle Street is a pioneering project. We support it because:

  • the layout of the structure makes recycling easier for customers
  • customers get clear information on what they can recycle and what they cannot
  • more recycling means less items end up at landfill, which extends our current landfill lifespan, thus reducing the financial burden on residents to pay for future landfill siting and construction.