Recycle Right – What goes where?
Recycle right on Redlands Coast to send less waste to landfill. On average Council recycles about 10,000 tonnes of waste in recycling yellow-lid wheelie bins, including paper, cardboard, glass, plastics and aluminium. This is thanks to the efforts of residents but we can all do more. Approximately 16% of a general waste bin is made up of recyclable items that could be diverted from landfill if placed in the recycling bin.
Knowing what items can go in your recycling bin will help make sure we’re recycling as much as we can and doing it right.
Top tips for festive season recycling and waste reduction:
Throughout December and January, waste to landfill can increase by up to 25%. To help keep Redlands Coast naturally wonderful by reducing with waste to landfill and recycling contamination, here are some top festive tips:
- Stock up on rechargeable batteries and remember – batteries don’t belong in any bin. Go to bcycle.com.au to find your local household battery drop off point.
- Wrapping paper can go in the yellow recycling bin, or keep it and reuse next year or for craft activities.
- Use Santa sacks or practice the art of furoshiki to reduce the amount of wrapping paper.
- Cardboard boxes and hard plastic packaging go in the recycling bin.
- Put Christmas cards in the recycling bin or cut up to make gift cards for next year.
- Tinsel, twine, ribbon and string can’t be recycled and need to go in your red-lid bin or reuse for future gifts.
- Cardboard boxes can be flattened and put in recycling bins or taken to Recycling and Waste Centres.
- Order a larger recycling bin if you need more room. Just a $32 establishment fee and no extra costs on your rates*
- Keep recyclables out of landfill. Dip containers, jars, plastic packets can be scraped out using paper towel or emptied into your red-lid bin and the recyclable material placed in your yellow-lid recycling bin. Here are some tips on how to recycle right.
- Cellophane and other soft plastics like bubble wrap cannot be recycled. They need to go in the red-lid / general waste bin.
- Scrunch up aluminium foil covering leftovers to the size of your fist and put in your recycling bin.
- Empty bottles and cans go in the recycling bin, or take them to a Containers for Change refund point.
- Head to RecycleWorld and grab a bargain or find an upcycle worthy gift.
- Consider starting a compost bin or worm farm for food scraps.
- Consider buying a real tree this year instead of a plastic one. If you do buy a Christmas tree, cut it down and put it in your green waste bin
- Download the Recycle Mate App to find out what can and can’t be recycled
*Fees applicable of 2023/24 financial year.
There are five material types, that can be recycled in your yellow-lid bin
Top tip: don’t bag recyclables in your recycling yellow-lid bin - placing plastic bags in recycling bins can cause problems for the sorting process.
This includes plain printed paper, newspapers, magazines and wrapping paper.
This does not include paper towels, tissues, baby wipes, laminated paper, cellophane wrapping or loose shredded paper. Shredded paper can be placed in a contained cardboard box otherwise composted or bagged and placed in your general waste bin.
This includes boxes (collapsed to save space), cereal boxes and cardboard wrapping on meals.
This does not include waxed cardboard (fruit case boxes), coffee cups and ring-bound folders.
3. Glass jars and bottles – lids on
This includes empty jars, beer bottles and other glass drink bottles.
This does not include ceramics (such as casserole dishes), light bulbs, broken drinking glasses, broken windows or any other type of glass that is not food grade.
4. Plastic containers
This includes milk bottles (lids on), plastic drinking bottles, meat trays (clean with no film), biscuit and cracker trays, laundry liquid bottles, shampoo bottles, fruit punnet trays such as for blueberries and strawberries.
This does not include: Soft and squishy plastic such as bread bags, cereal liners, store bought re-usable plastic bags, bin liners, CD’s, CD cases, DVD cases, children’s plastic toys, plastic coat hangers, bean bag balls, laundry baskets and any plastic other than hard plastics from your kitchen bathroom or laundry.
5. Aluminium and steel cans
This includes empty aluminium drinking cans and tin cans as well as aluminium foil scrunched to the size of a tennis ball.
This does not include gas bottles, steel piping, gutters, wire or any other steel or aluminium materials that are not from a consumable product.
IMPORTANT: Gas bottles, batteries, paint, oil, EPIRBS, flares, chemicals, asbestos and ash should not be placed in any bin. Check the hazardous waste for further details.
For more details visit Council’s A-Z guide of waste and recycling.
Recycle Mate App
Download the new Recycle Mate app (from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store) for a handy pocket guide on how to recycle right.
The app helps you recycle anywhere in Australia – whether at home, at a friend's house or when on holiday. Just take a photo or type the name of an item you would like to know more about and Recycle Mate will give you disposal advice specific to your location.
Planet Ark is now working with manufacturers to develop the ‘Australasian Recycling Label’ (ARL). A label that helps you better understand whether packaging can be recycled, thrown in the landfill bin or returned to a store (conditionally recyclable) to be recycled.
The 'Check it before you chuck it' campaign is designed to encourage us all to check the Australasian Recycling Label (ARL) before disposing of our waste.
To find out more visit PlanetArk
The following items are considered hazardous and do not belong in any kerbside bin:
- Batteries (in particular lithium and vehicle batteries)
- EPIRBS and Flares
- Gas bottles
- Hot ash
Find out more about hazardous waste items
Recycling Station at IndigiScapes
IndigiScapes offers a unique way to recycle items that are otherwise unable to be recycled in your yellow-lid kerbside bin, at our Recycling and Waste Centres or at other community drop-off points through a new Recycling Station.
It is the perfect way to save some unusual items from ending up in landfill.
These items include:
- Thongs/flip flops
- Blister packs
- Old art supplies
- Beauty products
- VHS / Cassette tapes
- CD’s/DVD’s and small e-waste
- Mobile phones.
Pop down to IndigiScapes today and keep all these items out of landfill. Let's give them a second life.
What happens to your recycling?
It matters what goes in your yellow-lid recycling bin.
Redlands Coast has six dedicated recycling trucks collecting approximately 10,000 tonnes of plastic, metal, glass, paper and cardboard from kerbside bins each year. All of it is transported to the Recycling Material Recovery Facility on Gibson Island where is it sorted both manually and using advanced technology. Once processed, your recycling material is then either used in remanufacturing right here in Australia or otherwise sold for recycling locally or overseas.
See just how much recycling matters on Redlands Coast and check out the cool video below to see the process in action.
Recycling at Recycling and Waste Centres
Council’s recycling and waste centres actively encourage recycling to prevent reusable items from going to landfill.
For residents in vehicles with a Combined Gross Vehicle Mass less than 4.5t there is no fee for recycling at our recycling and waste centres. Residents must present their photo ID.
Some non-resident and commercial waste including cardboard and scrap metal can also be recycled for free.
RecycleWorld is based at the Redland Bay Recycling and Waste Centre, 761-789 German Church Road, Redland Bay.
You can dispose of unwanted items that are in good condition at the Birkdale and Redland Bay Recycling and Waste Centres. You can also purchase second-hand items at RecycleWorld.
For more information, see RecycleWorld
Processing your recycled waste
All recycling collected from your yellow-lid recycling bins is transported to Visy’s Material Recovery Facility at Gibson Island where it is sorted using advanced mechanical and optical technology. It processes an impressive 350 tonnes of recyclables every day.
Once sorted, glass, cardboard and paper, and plastic bottles are used in Australia for remanufacturing and items like steel and aluminium and mixed plastics may be sold for recycling locally or overseas. Different uses of these recyclables may include cardboard packaging, a sand replacement for construction and plastic bottle products with recycled content, which is all part of helping to support the circular economy.
The only recycling that goes to landfill is contaminated materials. Only paper, cardboard, hard plastics, glass bottles and jars, steel and aluminium containers can be put in the yellow-lid bins. Contaminants such as soft plastic (like plastic bags) as well as textiles, polystyrene and batteries reduce the quality of recyclable materials and may mean they can’t be recycled.
The table below lists what can be recycled at our waste transfer stations, and what these items become after processing.
|Recyclable material||What it's made in to|
|Scrap metal||Scrap metal is shredded to remove any impurities such as dirt or paint. The clean steel is then used for building products such as steel beams, plates and tubing.|
|Gas bottles (liquid propane)||If the gas bottles are in good condition, they are reconditioned and used again. If not, the metal is scrapped and recycled (see scrap metal above).|
|Greenwaste and untreated timber||Greenwaste and untreated timber are sent to a greenwaste recycling facility where it is composted and mulched, ready for reuse.|
|Household recyclables||Household recyclables including firm plastics, metal, glass, paper and cardboard are made into many different products for reprocessing.|
|Lead acid car batteries||The battery acid is drained and the plastic and lead are recovered. The plastic is recycled into new plastic products and the lead is melted into ingots and used to make building materials such as weatherproof roof flashing.|
|E-waste (electronic waste)||
E-waste collected from Redlands Coast Recycling and Waste Centres goes to Brisbane where it is stripped and processed into the following commodity groups:
|Cardboard and paper||The cardboard and paper is pulped and processed into new Tetra Pak or cardboard packaging such as beer boxes and cardboard displays.|
|Expanded polystyrene (used in packaging)||This material is granulated and then recycled into a variety of products such as coat hangers and picture frames.|
|Bricks and concrete||This material is sorted then crushed to specific sizes and screened. The material is then used in the building and construction industry as aggregate or road base.|
|Reusable household items||Good quality reusable items can be salvaged for sale at RecycleWorld. Items may be resold for repair, reuse or upcycled to give it a new life.|
|Waste mineral and cooking oil||Waste mineral oil is re-refined into fuel oil and base oil, reducing the need for virgin refined oil. Cooking oils (vegetable oils only) can be filtered and recycled into products such as biofuel, cosmetics and stockfeed.|
Container Refund Scheme
Containers for Change offer a 10 cent refund on each eligible drink container (150ml to 3L). For information on what containers are accepted and where you can deposit containers, visit Containers for Change.
Containers for Change is a great initiative to help increase recycling in Queensland. However, since the introduction of the Container Refund Scheme, Council has seen an increase in the number of instances where kerbside recycling bins and park bins are being raided for eligible containers. Under the Environmental Protection Regulation (2019) Chapter 6, Part 2, Division 1, s 102 (2), people are not permitted to disturb or otherwise interfere with the contents of a waste container.
This means that commercial bins, community bins or household wheelie bins (even once they are on the kerbside) must not be disturbed unless it’s your own rubbish or by Council’s recycling collection contractor.
Redland City Council and residents all play a part in the disposal of waste.
We ensure that waste and recycling collection and the operation of waste transfer stations meets best environmental practice. And as residents, our purchasing and consumption habits can make a difference.
We can all consider ways to avoid, reduce, reuse and recycle waste.
For more information on what items can be recycled visit A-Z of waste and recycling.
For information on business recycling, visit Planet Ark's Business Recycling tool.
For further information re clinical/medical waste, please contact us to discuss your needs.