Our green waste collection service, for mainland residents only, offers fortnightly kerbside collection of your organic garden waste. Green waste is collected in the same way as your general household waste and recycling and helps divert garden waste from landfill.
Council audits show that almost a third of kerbside wheelie bin waste sent to landfill is green waste. What a waste! Help Council expand its mainland green waste collection service by ordering your household green waste bin today.
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: $64.00
- Now $0 bin establishment fee (saving $30)
If a green waste bin is cancelled within the first 12 months of delivery, a $60 administration fee is charged.
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 $1.23 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?
Every week, three trucks collect green waste from over 16,000 mainland households across Redlands Coast. We collect over 4,000 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's 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.
What to put in your green waste bin
Below is a simple guide of what can be placed in to the green waste bin. For more detailed information visit A-Z of waste and recycling
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)
- 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.
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.