Category Archives: Waste and recycling

Don’t waste our naturally wonderful parks and foreshores

Redland City Council is urging residents and visitors to help keep Redlands Coast naturally wonderful at this time when bulky takeaway food containers and disposable coffee cups are more popular than ever… even in our bins!

There has been a significant influx of people enjoying our parks and foreshores – and combined with an increase in takeaway, rather than eat-in dining – there is additional demand on our bins from these bulky takeaway items.

While Council has increased bin collections at our mainland parks and foreshores, including two daily collections on weekends, and is planning on additional collections on week days from next week, you can help by:

  • Crushing and compacting food containers and coffee cups before putting them in public place bin
  • If the bins are full or none are available, take your waste home to either be recycled or placed in your household bin.
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Call for patience at waste transfer stations

Redlands Coast residents have been urged to be patient when using local waste transfer stations and reconsider whether they need to make the trip following the introduction of measures to help slow the spread of coronavirus.

Chair of the Local Disaster Management Group Karen Williams said the temporary rules had been implemented to help keep everyone who used the waste transfer stations safe by ensuring social distancing requirements.

“First and foremost, residents should observe the Federal Government’s advice and avoid non-essential travel,” Cr Williams said.  

“We have kept our waste transfer stations open to residents on a restricted basis as we understand there will still be a need at this time but, please, do not go unless it is absolutely necessary – and, if you do need to make a trip, allow plenty of time and respect other users and staff.

“Our safety measures mean the average tip run will take longer than usual, so please be patient as these restrictions are there to protect you and your families. We are all in this together and need to show kindness to each other.”

Redland City Council CEO Andrew Chesterman said Council’s bin collections were unaffected.

“So before considering a trip to a waste transfer station, make full use of your home bins, sign up for Council’s green bin and consider composting,” Mr Chesterman said.

“Consider whether to delay waste-generating projects, set-up a separate recycling station in your home to keep the right things inside the yellow-lid bin – only paper, cardboard, aluminium, hard plastic and metal.

“The kids can also get creative and turn some waste items into fun home projects or get them involved in composting to make room in your red-lid waste bin. The bonus is free compost for your garden.

“If you are able, consider finding a place to store excess waste until later.”

You will find plenty of information about composting on Council website at There are also FAQs about waste management and information about local impacts of the coronavirus at

Temporary measures in place at Council’s waste transfer stations include:

  • Vehicle restrictions on entry  to maintain social distancing.
  • Visitors and staff must keep a distance of 1.5 metres from all other people.
  • No more than two people are permitted per unloading area at any one time.
  • Payment via EFT or account only – no cash payments accepted.

Household kerbside collections of general waste, green waste and recycling will continue unaffected.

Tips for using waste transfer stations

  • Avoid the weekend – visit Monday to Friday or if you have to visit on the weekend, go early.
  • Full loads only.
  • Consider what is avoidable waste.

All waste transfer stations will be closed on Good Friday.

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Social distancing measures at waste transfer stations

Redland City Council has put measures in place at its waste transfer stations to help slow the spread of COVID-19 on Redlands Coast.

The new, temporary rules will help keep residents, employees and commercial users of the waste transfer stations safe and ensure that social distancing requirements can be met.

Council advises the average tip run may take longer than usual, and is asking that people remain patient, as the measures are there to protect everyone.

Temporary measures in place at Council’s waste transfer stations include:

  • Vehicle restrictions on entry  to maintain social distancing
  • Visitors and staff must keep a distance of 1.5 meters from all other people
  • No more than two people are permitted per unloading area at any one time
  • Payment via EFT or account only – no cash payments accepted.

Household kerbside collections of general waste, green waste and recycling will continue unaffected.

Residents should consider whether they could avoid visiting a waste transfer station at this time by fully utilising their household collection services and getting creative with waste.

Some ideas include:

  • Consider what waste you are generating and perhaps delay those projects.
  • Set-up a separate recycling station in your home to keep the right things inside the yellow-lid bin – only paper, cardboard, aluminium, hard plastic and metal.
  • Start composting food scraps to make room in your red-lid waste bin. The up-side is free compost for your garden.
  • Get creative and turn that ‘junk’ into your next up-cycle project. What you thought was rubbish could turn into a new hobby.
  • Find a place to store excess to delay your tip trip.

To stay informed about local impacts of the coronavirus, and a list of frequently asked questions, visit

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Electronic waste collection for island communities

North Stradbroke, Coochiemudlo and Southern Moreton Bay islands communities will benefit from an electronic waste collection in February.

Mayor Karen Williams said electronic waste was the fastest growing type of waste worldwide and most could be recycled.

“We all have a part to play in how we dispose of e-waste and conserve valuable resources,” she said.

“Australians generate about 53kg of e-waste per household every year and 80 per cent of that is sent to landfill.

“This special collection will give our island residents an opportunity to clear out old e-waste sitting around their homes.”

Cr Williams said electronic waste contained valuable resources, including rare minerals, steel, iron, copper, aluminium, recyclable plastic and glass.

“Recovering these resources reduces our need to extract raw material through mining,” she said.

“As a nation, we buy more than four million computers and three million televisions every year, so the issue is significant.

“I know island residents have been asking for this service and that’s why I am asking them to take unwanted e-waste to their local transfer stations for collection and recycling during the collection period.

“There is no charge to residents to drop off their e-waste and it will be collected by a licenced e-waste management contractor, dismantled and sorted into each recyclable material type in Brisbane for resale and further recycling.”

Collection details

Island residents can deliver their electronic waste to one of the island waste transfer stations listed below from Friday 7 to Wednesday 22 February, 2020 during normal opening hours.

Electronic waste includes:

  • Televisions (rear projection, plasma, LED, CRT, LCD)
  • Computer equipment, including laptop, notebook and desktop computers, and individual parts such as central processing units and motherboards; and peripheral items, including printers, scanners, fax machines, web cameras, hard and floppy drives, mouse and trackball, and keyboards
  • Kitchen and bathroom appliances that have circuit boards such as toasters, kettles, hairdryers and shavers

Large whitegoods, including refrigerators and washing machines, can be delivered to waste transfer stations as scrap metal at any time during the stations’ normal opening hours.

Island businesses can deliver household equivalent amounts of electronic waste at no charge for collection and are urged to contact Council on 3829 8999 (8am–5pm; Monday–Friday) for advice if they have larger amounts to dispose of.

Island waste transfer stations

Please note, Karragarra Island and Lamb Island residents can deliver electronic waste to a waste transfer station on either Russell Island or Macleay Island.  

Coochiemudlo Island: Elizabeth Street

Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 10am–12pm

Saturday and Sunday: 10am–2pm 

Macleay Island: Eastern Road

Monday–Friday: 8am–2pm

Saturday and Sunday 8am–4pm

Russell Island: Davidson Road

Monday–Friday: 8am–2pm

Saturday and Sunday: 8am–4pm 

North Stradbroke Island: East Coast Road

Monday–Friday: 8am–2pm

Saturday and Sunday: 7.30am–3pm

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Smart approach to Redlands Coast litter collection

Redland City Council is trialling a solar compacting litter bin in a new high-tech approach to litter disposal.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said it was hoped smart technology would lead to reduced litter disposal costs and an increase in collection efficiency.

The solar compacting bin, which automatically compresses its contents when needed then advises when it is full, is being trialled at Bloomfield Street Park, Cleveland.

“Solar compacting bins could potentially provide benefits in key locations through their capacity to store approximately double the volume of a standard 240 litre wheelie bin, reducing the frequency of collection and also the required number of bins,” Cr Williams said.

“This also reduces visual clutter in foreshore and public place areas.

“Council currently manages almost 500 public litter bins, with collection frequencies varying according to use.

“This technology has the potential for Council to move to an as-needed collection frequency in the future, saving time and ultimately money for our community.”

Cr Williams said Council was also looking at other ‘smart city’ solutions to managing rubbish collections in parks and public places across the city.

“We want Redlands Coast to be a smart city and so we are always looking for ways to improve services while minimising costs through investing in technology,” she said.

Mayor Karen Williams tries out the new solar compacting bin in Cleveland.

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Greener roads for Redlands Coast

Redland City Council is pioneering a process that turns plastic bottles and other waste into new, high-quality roads.

In a Queensland first, Council is working with leading recycler Alex Fraser and Suncoast Asphalt to resurface a 1km stretch of Princess Street, Cleveland, with Green Roads PolyPave, an innovative, high-performance asphalt product containing reclaimed plastics.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said that, in keeping with Council’s strong focus on sustainability, it was hoped the pilot project would lead to many more roads being built and resurfaced using reclaimed materials.

“Roads are big business for Council, so if we can find a better way to build and maintain them using sustainable materials while removing waste from landfill that would be a major coup,” Cr Williams said.

“This is very much part of Council’s vision for our naturally wonderful Redlands Coast, so we are excited to be at the forefront of greener road building and the environmental benefits that can bring.

“This project will see around 933 tonnes of reclaimed asphalt and about 90,000 hard plastics, such as the milk and shampoo bottles you place in your yellow-lid recycling bins, become part of Princess Street – the equivalent of about nine months of kerbside recycling collected from that street.

“I have been working with the Australian Local Government Association to investigate these sort of innovative solutions for years and I am pleased this work is delivering value for the community.”

Alex Fraser and Suncoast Asphalt general manager Brendan Camilleri said this was a prime example of how circular economy could be achieved with local government, industry and community working together to recycle waste and invest in recycled materials to build new, sustainable infrastructure.

“Redland City Council’s progressive approach to the use of sustainable material is paving the way for Queensland. This is an outstanding example of how local government can harness recycling to build and maintain their cities, and reduce their projects’ carbon footprint by up to 65 per cent,” Mr Camilleri said.

He said Green Roads PolyPave was also a more durable product which lasted longer than regular asphalt, bringing long-term costs benefits.

“When we incorporate recycled plastics into Green Roads PolyPave it becomes part of the DNA of the road, meaning there is no issue with micro-plastics entering the environment.

There is also an enormous carbon saving, with the process producing 43 per cent less CO2 emissions when compared with conventional asphalt,” he said.

“The addition of other recycled ingredients, such as reclaimed asphalt pavement, along with our energy-saving production methods further increases CO2 savings”.

The resurfacing, between Bloomfield and Passage streets, is due to be completed on November 8, weather willing.

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A Smart New Future for Redlands Coast

Redlands Coast businesses and residents have a chance to shape the future of the city with the launch of Redland City Council’s public engagement on the Redlands Coast Smart and Connected City Strategy.

Mayor Karen Williams said with technology and data rapidly changing the way governments delivered vital services, Council was developing a Smart and Connected City Strategy that would put Redlands Coast at the forefront of intelligence, productivity and sustainability.

“The Smart and Connected City Strategy will help make Redlands Coast more liveable, more efficient and a more vibrant place to live, do business and enjoy life,” she said.

“We already know Redlands Coast is the best city in the best state in the best country but we are determined to make it even better.

“By embracing technology and using readily available data more effectively we can transform the way we deliver services and strengthen our position as the jewel in the south-east Queensland crown.”

Cr Williams said the Redlands Coast Smart and Connected City Strategy would explore how to embrace the digital revolution and would look at how Council could better use data to deliver more and improved services.

“The strategy will seek new ideas on how we can collaborate with innovators, investors, researchers and local businesses to grow the digital economy and build its innovation capacity,” she said.

“We want to hear from business and the community on how we can use innovations like wireless networks, the Internet of Things, real time information, crowd-sourced solutions and new mobile apps to improve the way we do things for local residents and businesses.

“By taking part in our Smart and Connected City community engagement, everyone can have a say in the Redlands Coast of the future.”

For more information and to have your say on the Redlands Coast Smart and Connected City Strategy and help shape the future of our city visit

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Spring ‘green’ your garden and save on a green waste bin

Mainland Redlands Coast residents will have an extra incentive to snap up a household green waste bin this spring with Council waiving the usual $30 bin establishment fee from 6 September to 31 October 2019.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said spring was the perfect time to remind keen gardeners that their garden waste could easily be diverted from landfill by ordering a green waste bin and using Council’s fortnightly kerbside collection service*.

“We are always looking for ways to reduce the amount of waste being sent to landfill and the single biggest thing our mainland residents can do to help is order and use a green waste bin, if they don’t already have one,” Cr Williams said.

“Audits of waste from kerbside collections show that almost a third of what goes into general waste wheelie bins is actually green waste from householders’ gardens.

“Last financial year almost 2,400 Redlands Coast households signed up for a green waste bin, bringing the total number of households with a bin to 13,874.

“I thank all those residents, whose green waste is now being diverted from landfill and sent by Council for composting into soil and landscaping products; and I encourage those without a green waste bin to order one online during our promotional period.

“The $30 bin establishment fee will be completely waived, and the ongoing cost of the bin equates to just $1.20 a week on your rates.

“As well as cost savings, residents will save time and effort previously spent taking green waste to one of our waste transfer stations.

“Just a reminder that all Council transfer stations are also free for non-commercial users, so now is the perfect time to undertake a spring clean and also tidy up properties ahead of the summer fire season.”

Promotion details:

 Limited time deal for mainland residents: 6 September – 31 October 2019

Mainland household green waste bins ordered during this period will not incur the usual bin establishment fee, saving $30.

Order online from 6 September 2019.

More information: 3829 8999

 * The household green waste collection service is available to mainland residents only.

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Redlands Coast Garage Sale Trail launch

Redlands Coast households, schools and community groups are set to join more than 400,000 people across the country on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 October as a part of Australia’s ninth annual Garage Sale Trail.

A multi award-winning community and sustainability event, Garage Sale Trail is powered by more than 140 local councils nation-wide.

This year’s weekend-long event is expected to involve more Australians than ever before –people who will ‘choose to reuse’ at more than 16,000 garage sale events to be held across the country.

Mayor Karen Williams said that Garage Sale Trail was a fun and social way for Redland City Council to encourage the reuse of goods and help educate the community about the positive impact we can all make when we buy secondhand items.

“The philosophy underpinning Garage Sale Trail – that of sustainable living – is a priority for Council as we partner with Redlands Coast residents and businesses to divert reusable resources from landfill,” Cr Williams said.

“As a society, we need to learn to take responsibility for the waste we create and recognise the value of resources and reusable materials.

“Council will be getting involved with our libraries and RecycleWorld holding their own garage sales.

“Garage Sale Trail provides a way to meet your neighbours and connect with the broader community while also decluttering and raising money for yourself, your school or charity.

“Last year’s national results showed the average household made over $300, community groups raised an average of $650 and schools made $1500.

“We’re really pleased to be involved in this grass roots national event again and encourage all Redlands Coast residents to consider hosting a sale.

“There’s plenty of time to get organised, register your sale and list your goods before the big weekend in October.

“Those already planning a garage sale may wish to reschedule to take advantage of the free promotion that comes with Garage Sale Trail.

“Sellers will be able to access to online resources including their own webpage, social media tiles as well as digital posters and flyers once they register.”

Garage Sale Trail co-founder Ander Valder said that he expected more than two million items to be listed for sale and reuse nationally.

“The sellers who have a bit of fun with their garage sale name and go to town on marketing are the ones who bring home the bacon and sell the most,” Mr Valder said.

Redlands Coast Garage Sale Tail
What: Australia’s biggest community and sustainability event, Garage Sale Trail
When: Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 October 2019
Where: All over Redlands Coast – visit before the weekend to map your trail.
Cost: Free to host a sale and shop the trail.
Registration: Now open! Register your garage sale at

Host a garage sale or shop the trail at

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Councils unite to seek new options for waste and recycling solutions

A combined effort by five South-East Queensland councils to find feasible and progressive methods of resource recovery and waste disposal has taken a significant step forward.

Mayor Karen Williams said Redland City Council – in collaboration with Ipswich City Council, Logan City Council, Lockyer Valley Regional Council and Somerset Regional Council – was seeking expressions of interest (EOI) for the delivery of resource recovery and waste disposal services.

“The EOI opened recently and already there has been some promising interest, so we are hoping to see innovative solutions from waste industry operators,” Cr Williams said.

“We expect some of these solutions will have been made feasible by combining the collective waste volumes of all five councils.

“Waste collection is a significant cost for councils, so it is hoped this collaboration will find efficiencies that ultimately benefit our residents and the environment by maximising diversion of waste from landfill.”

Cr Williams said Redland City Council had being pursuing regional collaboration for a number of years as it offers economies of scale and financial benefits to Redlands Coast ratepayers.

“There are some significant challenges ahead to meet the ambitious resource recovery and landfill avoidance targets in the draft Queensland Waste Management and Resource Recovery Strategy,” she said.

“By collaborating in this way it is hoped that industry can help shape the forward direction for the Redlands Coast community.”

For further information or to lodge an expression of interest, see the LG Tender box advertisement issued by Logan City Council on behalf of the Sub-Regional Alliance.

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