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Update on 140 litre bin stock

Due to a higher than expected demand for bins, there is currently a delay in the delivery of 140 litre bins. Please note however, if you requested a green waste bin at the same time as your bin exchange, the green waste bin will be delivered separately within four working days.

The following are the revised timeframes for 140 litre bin deliveries:

  • If you lodged your bin request between 7 June and 6 July 2021 you will receive your 140 litre waste bin week commencing 26 July
  • If you lodged your bin request on or after 7 July 2021 you will receive your 140 litre waste bin from mid-August

If your request involves a bin exchange, please ensure that you place your existing bin on the kerb during the above timeframes to ensure our contractor is able to complete the job.


Types of bins available in Redlands Coast

  • Waste bins have a dark green lid (older bins), newer bins have a red lid.  Waste bins are available in 140 litre and 240 litre sizes. 
  • Recycle bins have yellow lids.  Recycle bins are available in 140 litre, 240 litre and 340 litre sizes.

Frequency of collection

  • Waste bins are collected every week
  • Recycling bins are collected every two weeks

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 your waste and recycle collections for your property.

Find out when bins are collected on your street

Important tips for collection day

  • Place your bin on the kerbside before 6.00am on your collection day
    • Keep a 50cm gap between your bins so the collection truck can pick them up
    • Position your bins away from obstructions such as cars, power poles and trees
  • Ensure your bin is not too heavy – our trucks are unable to collect bins heavier than 70kg
  • Only put permitted items in your bins – see what goes in each bin
  • Try not to over-fill your bin, the lid must be fully closed
  • Don’t compact the waste in your bin as it may not empty into the truck
  • Grass clippings in the waste bin should be bagged otherwise they will swell and get stuck - do not bag grass clippings in your green waste bin.

New and additional waste and recycle bins

Property owners pay a utility charge for Council’s waste services - this covers the cost of collection, disposal and processing. The annual charge for a waste and recycling collection service is included on a property owner’s rates notice. 

The standard bin set is a 240 litre waste bin and a 240 litre recycle bin. The bin establishment fee for a new bin set (waste and recycle) is $60 and is charged on the rates notice. 

All charges are available in Redland City Council utility charges.

Property owners can submit a request to change bin sizes via telephone or online:

Households can choose different combinations* of bin sizes, and can have more than one waste and recycling bin.

  • Waste bins are available in 140 litres and 240 litres
  • Recycle bins are available in 140, 240 and 340 litres
  • Additional waste bins are available in 140 litres and 240 litres
  • Additional recycle bins are available in 240 litres and 340 litres
*  Each extra bin(s) has an establishment fee and an annual charge. Recycle bin size must be greater than or equal to the size of the waste bin.

Bin exchanges

Households have the option of exchanging their bin(s) to a smaller or larger size.  Alternative options for residents to choose from include:

  • Waste bins - available in 140 litres
  • Recycle bins* - available in 140 litres and 340 litres
* Recycle bin size must be greater than or equal to the size of the waste bin.

Redland City Council charges a bin exchange fee for bin exchanges - refer to Redland City Council utility charges for bin costs.

Residents can submit a request to change bin sizes via telephone or online:

What goes in each bin


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.


Below is a simple guide of what can be placed in to the waste, recycle bins. For more detailed information visit A-Z of waste and recycling.

Waste bin

Waste bin

  • General household items
  • Broken ceramics and bric-a-brac 
  • Food scraps
  • Grass clippings and vegetation (must be bagged)
  • Nappies
  • Plastic bags
  • Non-recyclable plastic items i.e. plastic wrap
  • Polystyrene or Styrofoam (small amounts)
  • Small branches or soft wood (no larger than 75cm in length or 10cm in diameter)

Recycle bin 

Recycle bin

Please do not put plastic bags or food waste into the recycle bin.

  • Aluminium and steel cans
  • Aluminium kitchen foil (clean)
  • Cardboard
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Lids from jars and containers
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Phone books
  • Pizza boxes (remove food scraps)
  • Plastic bottles
  • Plastic containers e.g. biscuit trays and take away food containers
  • Shampoo and conditioner bottles
  • Aerosol containers (empty)

Bin Scavenging / Bin Diving

Containers for Change is a great initiative to help increase recycling in Queensland and be rewarded at the same time. With 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.

Keep up the great work recycling your containers but please be considerate of your neighbours and don’t disturb waste bins.

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.

Getting help with your bins

Council provides a manual service for residents who are unable to put their bin(s) out due to a disability or impairment.  For more information on this service, see Getting help with your bins.

Moving house

We allocate bins to each property, not to the resident. When moving house, please leave bins at the property.