Waste management is an essential service for our community, and one of our biggest challenges.
Redland City Council operates eight waste transfer stations and collects waste and recycling from over 55,000 properties. In 2014-15 we managed 108,853 tonnes of waste, 95% of which was produced by households.
As our population of 150,000 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.
By 2024 approximately 55 per cent of household waste in the Redlands will either be recycled or reused. This is the target which Redland City Council is working towards.
In 2015 that figure was 47 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.
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 greenwaste composting trial, and a permanent hazardous waste collection
- Introducing bulk recycling bins at waste transfer stations
- 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 the Redlands.
At the end of 2015 we introduced a bypass lane for residents carrying greenwaste at Birkdale Waste Transfer Station.