Using waste & recycling centres

The City allows residents to use waste and recycling centres to dispose of certain items without payment, within certain limits.

City residents are not charged for domestic household waste so long as residential household waste is:

  • not commercial waste generated from any business or commercial activities
  • waste from a Gold Coast residential property – you will need evidence of residency
  • delivered in an eligible vehicle – sedan, van, small trailer or utility (no trucks) – and measure no more than:
    • mixed loads: maximum 2.1 x 1.5 metres and 60 centimetres in height
    • clean green waste: maximum 2.1 x 1.5 metres and 1 metre in height.

Waste exceeding the above size limits will only be accepted at a landfill and it will be charged at the appropriate cost per tonne or part thereof.

It is also a fee-free condition that recyclable materials be separated and placed in the supplied recycling areas. Sorting your load to separate general rubbish and recyclables is recommended.

What we take

All community waste and recycling centres (WRC) accept the following household waste and recyclables:

  • cardboard
  • mixed recyclables (as put in yellow-topped recycling bins): aluminium and steel cans, paper, plastic and glass bottles
  • concrete – small domestic loads only
  • empty gas bottles up to 9 kilograms
  • general waste, including putrescible or rotting material
  • lounges/couches of recyclable quality – please drop to Reedy Creek WRC recycling drop off centre if you can
  • lounges/couches that are not recyclable quality – accepted at any WRC apart from Numinbah
  • mattresses – accepted at any WRC apart from Numinbah
  • scrap metal
  • soil and clean fill (road base and clay base only) – small domestic loads only.

Household hazardous waste such as bleach, herbicides and pool chlorine can be disposed of at Helensvale and Merrimac WRCs.

Up to 20 litres of paint can be disposed of at either of these centres, or Reedy Creek Community WRC.

Sorting your load

Take the time to sort your load before you leave home and save yourself time when you arrive at the waste and recycling centre.

The smart way to load

  • Always keep similar materials grouped together in sections of your trailer.
  • Place green organic waste and timber at front near vehicle, rubbish to the rear of your load, and scrap metal on the top. This allows you to recycle your load more efficiently at the waste and recycling centre.

Never throw waste items onto the ute or trailer in an unsorted, unsafe manner. It makes waste more difficult to separate at the centre.

Always cover and secure your load with tie-downs or rope. Unsecured items pose a risk to other road users and the environment. Littering is an offence. Penalties apply.

Download our Sort your load fact sheet(PDF, 151KB)

Residential waste items that incur a disposal fee

Some domestic waste items, such as tyres and asbestos, always have a disposal fee. These items cannot be accepted at community waste and recycling centres and must be taken to a waste and recycling centre with payment facilities. Go to our Waste disposal fees page for more details.

Fee concessions for not-for-profit organisations

Local not-for-profit organisations can apply in writing for fee concessions for the disposal of wastes from periodic clean ups. For more details, see our Waste disposal fee concession policy or call us on 07 5667 5976.