Council's waste strategy

Waste management is an essential service for our community, and one of our biggest challenges.

Redland City Council operates eight Recycling and Waste Centres and collects waste and recycling from over 61,000 properties. In 2018-19, we managed 111,308 tonnes of waste, 93% of which was produced by households.

As our population of 160,000 residents continues to grow, adopting a sustainable approach to waste management is essential for maintaining our community’s high quality of life.

Reducing, reusing and recycling waste is a priority for Redland City Council.

Reducing waste

By 2024, approximately 55 per cent of household waste in Redlands Coast will either be recycled or reused. This is the target which Redland City Council is working towards.

In 2018, that figure was 45 per cent, which continues to grow with our successful recycling programs.

While this figure is higher than the average across South East Queensland region, there is much to do over the next few years.

The Waste Reduction and Recycling Plan 2015-2020 [PDF 7.5MB] is our blueprint for waste management, setting targets for us all to achieve. It outlines how reducing, reusing and recycling will help reduce the amount of material going to landfill.

Ongoing success

During 2010-2015, Redland City Council successfully reduced the amount of waste going to landfill through initiatives such as:

  • Increasing recycling bins in public places
  • A greater choice of residential wheelie bins, including greenwaste bins and larger recycling bins
  • Expanding waste recovery options, including more electronic waste and cardboard processing facilities, a green waste composting trial and a permanent household hazardous waste collection
  • Introducing bulk recycling bins at Recycling and Waste Centres
  • Running public awareness campaigns and schools education programs.

The Waste Reduction and Recycling Plan 2015-2020 will continue the positive progress that has been made in Redlands Coast.

At the end of 2015, we introduced a bypass lane for residents carrying greenwaste at Birkdale Recycling and Waste Centre. 

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