Thank you to all those Redlands Coast residents who have signed up for a green waste bin - Council has received an overwhelming response during the promotion.
Due to this response, it is now expected that green waste bins will be delivered within four working days (instead of the usual two working days). If your waste bin needs a red lid, please ensure your bin is left on the kerb from now until delivery has taken place.
Council audits show that almost a third of kerbside wheelie bin waste sent to landfill is green waste. Our green waste collection service, for mainland residents only, offers fortnightly kerbside collection of your garden waste. Green waste is collected in the same way as your general household waste and recycling and helps divert garden waste from landfill.
A green bin will weed out waste ending up in landfill and turn your green waste into new, enriched garden organics like soil enhancers and mulches.
It's in our nature ... to rethink our waste.
Call 3829 8999 or order online.
*Green waste bins are available to mainland residents only. An annual ongoing fee of $66 (for 2021/2022 financial year) applies and is subject to change. Newly built properties ordering a green waste bin with a waste and recycling service will incur a $60 bin establishment fee.
Yes, you can order as many bins as you like. You will, however, be charged the additional fees which will be added to your rates notice.
It is an extra $66 per year (2021/2022 financial year) per green waste bin. Price is subject to change.
If you’re no longer putting green waste in your general red-lid waste bin you could consider down-sizing your waste bin to a 140L bin when you order a green waste bin. There is a cost saving of $9.80 per year (2021/2022 financial year) associated with downsizing your general waste bin at the same time as ordering a green waste bin. Note: if down-sizing to a 140L general waste separate to ordering a green waste bin, a bin establishment fee is applicable.
Unfortunately there are no green waste bin services on the islands. Council is taking details from interested property owners for an optional user pays island green waste collection service.This service will be explored as a catalyst project under the draft Waste Reduction and Recycling Plan 2021-2025.
Household green waste can be taken to your local recycling and waste centre free of charge (disposal criteria applies).
It will take approximately 2-3 business days for your new green waste bin to arrive.
Acceptable bin items:
- Garden prunings
- Grass clippings (do not bag if using a green waste bin)
- Weeds and flowers
- Leaves and loose bark
- Small branches or soft wood (no larger than 75cm in length or 10cm in diameter)
Everything else not listed above. This includes the following unacceptable items:
- Plastic bags
- General waste and recyclables
- Kitchen and food waste, including fruit and vegetable scraps
- Animal droppings
- Large logs, branches and stumps
- Garden hoses
- Rocks and builders material
- Treated, composite or painted timber
- Plant pots
- Hazardous waste
At this stage, the no bin establishment fee is in place for the 2021/2022 financial year. This will be reviewed each financial year to assess if it should be continued.
Winners will be contacted via email or by post and provided with a ‘Worm Farm’ voucher to be picked up from IndigiScapes Nursery, 17 Runnymede Road, Capalaba from the week commencing 7 June 2021 up to 31 July 2021.
Green waste received at the recycling and waste centres or collected from kerbside green waste bins may contain weeds or other pest species. The green waste goes through an extensive composting process that destroys weeds in compliance with Australian Standard for Compositing (AS4454-2012). To ensure we do our bit to keep weeds under control, council does not offer mulch back to residents.
Council has investigated the options of a larger green waste bin. Unfortunately, the additional collection cost of a larger green waste bin is prohibitive compared to getting two or more green waste bins.
We are looking into the best way for tenants to be able to order a green waste bin. If you are an tenant and would like to submit your expression of interest for a green waste bin, please contact Council. In the meantime, we recommend you contact your landlord and request that they order a bin on your behalf.
You may have seen recent media reporting around the importance of “…not putting green waste into rubbish bins”. Please be aware, this should have read “…making sure residents are not putting green waste into recycling bins".
Like most Councils, each vehicle in Redland City Council's waste collection fleet (JJs Waste and Recycling) is fitted with five cameras and GPS equipment. Two cameras are used to monitor the hopper (where the contents are disposed of in the truck). The other cameras are utilised for safety, pedestrian and driver behaviour including other road users. The cameras are not used to check if residents are putting green waste into the general waste bins. Council uses the information gathered from the waste collection fleet to track contamination (non-recyclable material) disposed into recycling bins or hazardous material disposed into waste bins.
Council already uses this technology to help educate the community on what can and cannot be disposed of in each bin. We will continue to use this technology and increase the usage of this as part of an education campaign over the next four years. This technology is common place across all waste collection contractors engaged by local governments.
Whilst it is part of the plan to reduce waste to landfill, we are encouraging residents to get a green waste bin, however it is not mandatory to do so and you may put green waste / garden waste into your general waste (red-lid) bin.
The intention of the cameras is not to "spy" but to make sure drivers and pedestrians are safe, ensure hoppers are clear from obstructions, and educate the community on reducing contamination (non-recyclable material) or hazardous waste in all bins.
The information will be used to consider whether it is appropriate to withdraw or termporarily suspend a recycling or green waste collection service due to repeat and ongoing contamination.
Green waste bin costs and billing
Residents pay fees and charges for the Council’s waste services - this covers the cost of collection, disposal and processing. The annual charge for waste and recycling collection service is included on a property owner’s rate notice.
240L green waste bins can be ordered, but are only available to mainland households.
The costs involved are:
- Annual fee for mainland property: $66.00 (2021/2022 financial year)
- Now $0 bin establishment fee (saving $30)
Call 3829 8999 or complete the green waste bin request form to order yours now.
All charges are available in Redland City Council utility charges [PDF, 1.0MB].
Why get a green waste bin?
- Affordable – still only around $1.27 per week on your rates.
- Convenient – no need to pack the trailer to visit the Recycling and Waste Centre.
- Safety – kerbside collection makes it easier to reduce the risk of fire and storm damage posed by overgrown gardens.
- Environment – your garden organics will be processed into soil and landscaping products.
About the green waste collection service
- Green waste bins are only available for mainland residents at this time.
- Green waste bins are collected every two weeks, on the alternate week to recycle bins.
- Put your green waste bin kerbside with your general rubbish bin before 6.00am on your collection day.
- Green waste bin lids are lime green. If your general rubbish bin has the old green lid, it will be replaced with the newer red lid at no extra charge when your new green waste bin is delivered.
What happens to your green waste?
Watch what happens to your green waste here.
Every week, three trucks collect green waste from almost 19,000 mainland households across Redlands Coast. We collect over 5,000 tonnes of green waste every year from the kerbside collection service. Once collected, the green waste truck drops off the garden waste at the mainland Recycling and Waste Centres. It's then taken to an organics composting facility where it's put through a shredder and turned into a fine mulch and sold to landscape suppliers. In some cases it goes through a more refined process (three months) of pasteurisation where it's kept at 55 degrees which naturally breaks down and kills the weeds, seeds and other nasties. The mulch, compost and other nutrient rich products are then available to buy at landscaping suppliers for use in homes, developments and parks and gardens across the community.
Items such as plastic bags, plant pots and hoses should never be placed in your green waste bin as these will contaminate the final product.
What is my bin day?
Redland City Council now has an online tool to help remind you of your collection day. Simply click on the link below; enter your suburb, street and house number and presto - you now have details of you waste and recycle collections for your property.
Tips and advice
Line the bottom of your empty green waste bin with a piece of cardboard or some newspaper. This helps to soak up any moisture and allows your green waste to easily fall out of the bin when it is collected.
Do not bag your green waste as plastic contaminates the compost product.
Ensure your bin lid can close:
- Do not allow palm fronds or garden prunings to protrude from your bin.
- Items should not exceed 75cm in length or 10cm in diameter – our vehicles are unable to process large items.
Care and cleaning of bins
Council owns the bins, however, cleaning and care for bins is the responsibility of households using them.
You should not paint or deface bins in any way.
We allocate bins to each property, not to the resident. When moving house, please leave bins at the property.