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Recycle Street

A self-service ‘street’ complete with colour-coded shopfront for each type of recycled waste material, Recycle Street aims to make recycling more accessible.

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Recycle Street

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  1. Residential green organics will ONLY be accepted at Waste and Recycling Centres (WRCs) with 'green organics drop and go' which includes Pimpama, Molendinar, Merrimac, Reedy Creek and Stapylton.
  2. e-waste is only accepted at Helensvale, Molendinar, Merrimac and Reedy Creek WRCs.

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A new initiative is being rolled out across the City's waste and recycling centres to increase recycling rates on the Gold Coast. Recycle Street makes recycling easier, faster and more convenient.

Part of our commitment to improving residents' recycling experience, Recycle Street is more accessible to the community and offers residents a one-stop facility to recycle unwanted items.

Making recycling easier

Customers using the self-service Recycle Street can quickly identify where to place their recycled goods with each item clearly colour coded according to type of material such as paint, motor oil, car batteries, and hazardous chemicals. Find out more about this initiative.

Colour coding at Recycle Street

Find the colour code for your recycling items' shopfront in Recycle Street locations Helensvale Waste and Recycling Centre and Reedy Creek Waste and Recycling Centre.

Greycolour code sign for Charity bin items
Accepted Not accepted
Goods that can be resold at local charities Goods that are not of resale quality
Purple colour code sign for batteries disposal items
Accepted Not accepted

Car, motorbike and boat batteries

Household batteries

Bottle green colour code sign for gas bottle disposal items
Accepted Not accepted
Domestic gas bottles up to nine kilograms Industrial gas bottles
Mustard yellow colour code sign for motor oil disposal items
Accepted Not accepted
Household motor oil only - up to 20 litres accepted. Fuel
Black colour code sign for Household hazardous chemicals disposal items
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
Watermelon colour code sign for Paint disposal items

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
Blue colour code sign for e-waste disposal items
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

About this initiative

Helensvale Waste and Recycling Centre

Helensvale Waste and Recycling Centre was the first facility to undergo the transformation, with its official launch on 5 June 2019, World Environment Day. Boasting a streamlined design, the new-look recycling area features a self-service ‘street’ complete with a colour-coded shopfront for each type of recycled waste material.

Previously, customers who were not familiar with the site were often confused due to poorly marked signage and the separation between scrap metal and white goods with the rest of recycling materials.

There was also limited room due to poor design. The new Recycle Street ensures that space is effectively utilised and all recycling is done at the same point to avoid users walking the site or having to exit and re-enter the system. It also reduces the incidence of customers putting the wrong items for recycling in the wrong place.

Recycle Street aims to promote positive recycling and waste disposal behaviours within the community. The first concept of its kind, Recycle Street cements the Gold Coast as Queensland leaders in recycling.

Helensvale Recycle Street is the pioneer project of this kind and we are doing it because:

  • the City expects a higher resource recovery rate at the facility by attracting residents to recycle more
  • the information centre of the Recycle Street is an interaction point where information and educational materials are accessible for the customers. It will be used to promote environmental education.
  • it will promote self-service at our recycling centres
  • it will encourage behaviour change and reduce inappropriate attitude and behaviours towards staff.

Benefits to the community

  • Layout of the structure makes recycling easier for customers.
  • Customers will gain clearer information on what they can recycle and what they cannot.
  • More recycling means less material will end up at landfill, which will extend our current landfill lifespan, thus reducing the financial burden on residents to pay for future landfill siting and construction.
  • Reduction in raw material usage so we can preserve natural resources for future generations.

Benefits to the environment

  • Saving resources and energy by using recycled materials, instead of manufacturing from raw materials.
  • Less habitat disruption and destruction because we save more trees and take fewer natural resources from the environment.
  • Reduced chemical release and greenhouse gas emission, thus less contribution to pollution and climate change.

Did you know?

Recycling and recovery are two of the easiest alternatives to landfill disposal. Throughout the city we are currently losing recyclable materials to landfill. As committed by our Solid Waste Strategy we are striving to increase our recovery rate to achieve a more sustainable city.

More information

Contact details, opening hours and information about accepted items can be found on the Helensvale Waste and Recycling Centre and Reedy Creek Waste and Recycling Centre pages.

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