Waste and recycle bins

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  • Waste bins – older bins have a dark green lid, newer bins have a red lid
  • Recycle bins – all recycle bins have yellow lids

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 you 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.

Getting help with your bins.

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. 

Costs for standard bin size

The standard size for both waste and recycle bins is 240L.

The 2020-21 fees and charges for a standard combination of a 240L waste bin and a 240L recycle bin are: 

  • One-off establishment fee: $60
  • Annual fee for mainland property: $450.50
  • Annual fee for island property: $476.50

Fees for different bin size combinations

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

Each extra bin has an establishment fee and an annual charge.

  • Waste bins are available in 140L and 240L
  • Recycle bins also available in 140L, 240L and 340L
  • Additional recycle bin 240L and 340L ($30 establishment fee)
  • Upsize recycle bin to 340L ($30 establishment fee)

Call 3829 8999 or complete the new bin request form to order yours now.

All charges are available in Redland City Council utility charges [PDF, 1.0MB].

Alternative wheelie bin sizes

The standard waste and recycle bin is 240 litres.

There is a variety of alternative options for residents to choose from:

  • Waste bins are also available in 140 litres
  • Recycle bins also available in 140 and 340 litres.

Redland City Council charges a bin establishment fee for all requests and exchanges - refer above to bin costs and billing

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

What goes in each bin

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.

Moving house

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