A-Z of waste and recycling

 

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Aerosol cans are made from steel or aluminium. This means that they can be melted down and turned into new products. By recycling your aerosol cans you are reducing the need to mine new raw materials, helping to reduce your impact on the environment. Aerosol cans are able to be remanufactured into food cans, pet food cans, tins, soft drink cans etc.

Aerosol cans – empty
Be sure the product is empty. Separate the nozzle and lid and place these along with the aerosol can in your yellow-lidded recycle bin.

Aerosol cans – with product remaining
Aerosol cans with product remaining cannot be placed in either the general waste bin or the recycle bin. This is because aerosol cans are pressurised and can explode. Empty your everyday household aerosols and recycle them in your yellow-lidded recycle bin.

Spray paint can be taken to Redland Bay Waste Transfer Station (see ‘Hazardous Waste’). Contact Council if you are unsure how to empty your aerosol can for safe recycling.

Broken air conditioning units can be taken to any Council Waste Transfer Station free of charge. Council will then have the unit de-gassed and the metals recycled.

Almost all metallic aluminium is produced from the ore bauxite. Aluminium is 100% recyclable without any loss of its natural qualities. During recycling the cans are crushed, then melted in a furnace. The liquid aluminium is then placed in moulds for shaping new aluminium products. Further information about aluminium recycling is available on the Planet Ark website.

Aluminium Cans
Aluminium cans may go straight in to your yellow-lidded recycle bin. You don’t need to remove the ring pull. Where possible, crush the can to make more room in the recycling bin.

If you have excess cans to recycle, you can drop them off free of charge to any of Council’s Waste Transfer Stations. A new Container Refund Scheme was introduced in Queensland on 1 November 2018.  To find out what items are eligible visit www.qld.gov.au/environment/pollution/management/waste/container-refund-types

Aluminium foil (clean)
Clean kitchen foil (that you purchase in a roll at the supermarket) and aluminium cake/pie trays can first be reused in your kitchen for another job before being recycled in your yellow-lidded bin at home. Simply scrunch it into a ball or pack flat.

Aluminium foil (dirty)
If the dirty aluminium foil can be wiped or rinsed clean, you can then recycle it in your yellow-lidded recycle bin. If you are unable to clean the foil, then place it into your general waste bin.

Aluminium foil trays
Aluminium foil trays can be wiped or rinsed clean and then placed in  your yellow-lidded recycle bin. If you are unable to clean the foil tray, then place it into your general waste bin.

Animal (carcasses)
For disposal of deceased household pets, double-wrap in plastic and take to one of Council's Waste Transfer Stations. For more information contact Redland City Council on (07) 3829 8999.

Animal (droppings)
Small quantities of animal droppings can be either composted or placed in a plastic (preferably compostable/biodegradable) bag in your general waste bin.

See Council's Asbestos webpage

See also Fibro

Ash should be bagged (when sufficiently cool) and disposed of in the general waste bin. Ash from untreated timber can also be placed in a compost bin in small quantities.

Band aids should be disposed of in your general waste bin.

All batteries contain hazardous substances and should not be disposed of in your general waste bin.

Household batteries can be recycled at any Aldi Supermarket or Redlands IndigiScapes Centre, but not in your yellow-lidded recycle bin.

For car batteries - see Cars

 
Old bicycles and bicycle parts should be usefor spare parts where possible, otherwise these can be taken to any waste transfer station for disposal or recycling. Bicycles in good working condition can be taken to Birkdale or Redland Bay Waste Transfer Stations and dropped off for Recycleworld.
 

Books, including novels, magazines and textbooks can be donated to charity or placed into your yellow-lidded recycle bin. Make sure any plastic covers or contact film is removed before recycling.

Books – telephone directories
Telephone and business directories can be recycled in your yellow-lidded recycle bin.

Remove steel bottle tops from their container and place them separately into your yellow-lidded recycle bin.  The reason that steel bottle tops need to be separated from the container is due to the sorting facility where our recyclables go. The lid of the bottle is typically made from a different material, so by separating the lid from the container, both items can be recycled. 

Bottles (plastic)
Empty plastic bottles can be recycled in your yellow-lidded recycle bin. Place lids on bottles prior to placing them in the recycle bin. Squash bottles where possible to make more room in the recycling bin.

Bottles (glass)
Glass bottles and lids can be recycled in your yellow-lidded recycle bin. Lids can remain on the glass bottles when disposing of in the recycle bin.

If you have any excess plastic or glass bottles you can take them to Birkdale, Redland Bay or North Stradbroke Island Waste Transfer Stations free of charge for recycling.

Branches, leaves and prunings from the garden can be placed into a greenwaste bin (lime green lid). Alternatively, small amounts (bagged) can be disposed in the general waste bin. Organics and garden waste should never go into the yellow-lidded recycle bin. Consider establishing a compost bin at home to manage larger amounts of garden waste.

Bubble wrap cannot be recycled in your yellow-lidded recycle bin nor at the waste transfer stations, however, Coles and Woolworths supermarkets have a soft plastics recycling program called REDcycle (this includes bubblewrap). It can also be disposed of in your general waste bin, however, you could choose to either reuse this product or some schools and kindergartens accept clean bubble wrap for class projects.

Birkdale and Redland Bay Waste Transfer Stations accept residential quantities of bricks and rubble.

Cardboard (except waxed cardboard) can be recycled in your yellow-lidded recycle bin. This includes items such as cardboard boxes, pizza and cereal boxes, detergent boxes and tissue boxes. Bulky or excess cardboard can be taken to Birkdale, Redland Bay and Stradbroke Island Waste Transfer Stations for recycling. Recycling cardboard at one of Council's Waste Transfer Stations is free of charge for residents, non-residents and commercial operators.

Cardboard (waxed)
Waxed cardboard boxes cannot be recycled in your yellow-lidded recycle bin and should be disposed of in your general waste bin. Alternatively, waxed cardboard can be cut into small pieces and added to a compost bin.

This can be taken to any Council Waste Transfer Station for disposal.

Car batteries
Car batteries contain toxic and harmful chemicals. They also contain resources that can be recycled, such as lead. You can take your car batteries to Birkdale, Redland Bay, Russell Island, Stradbroke Island or Macleay Island Waste Transfer Stations.

Car bodies
Car bodies can be taken to all Council Waste Transfer Stations free of charge. Vehicle must be drained of engine oil; coolant; brake fluid; transmission fluid; differential fluids and all fuel. A Vehicle Disposal Declaration Form must be completed and handed to gatehouse attendant prior to disposal.

Car oil
Car oil can be recycled, but not in any kerbside bin. This causes contamination and leads to the loss of valuable resources. You can recycle your waste motor oil (to a maximum of 20 litres per visit) at Redland Bay, Birkdale, North Stradbroke Island, Russell Island and Macleay Island Waste Transfer Stations (free of charge for residents, non-residents and commercial operators).

Never pour engine oil down the drain, this can cause serious damage and injure marine life.

Car parts
Metallic car parts can be taken to all Council Waste Transfer Stations.

Car tyres

Car tyres can be recycled at Birkdale, Redland Bay, Russell Island, Stradbroke Island or Macleay Island Waste Transfer Stations. If you are a resident, there is no charge to dispose of up to four (4) tyres (with rims or without) in one transaction. If you are a resident and you bring in more than four (4) tyres, the additional tyre/s will be charged at the commercial rate.

There are now a number of locations in the Redlands where you can take your cartridges for recycling.

Cassettes are unfortunately a thing of the past. Simply dispose of your old, unwanted cassette tapes in your general waste bin.

CDs cannot be recycled at this stage. Broken or damaged CDs can be placed in your general waste bin.  CDs in good condition can be taken to RecycleWorld for reuse. Alternatively, you can give them to a secondhand/charity store.

Place cellophane into your general waste bin. Since cellophane cannot be recycled, avoid purchasing it and instead opt for recycled paper or some kind of decorative bow or ribbon that can then be reused. Unlike other soft plastics, cellophane cannot be recycled through the REDcycle program (Coles/Woolworths).

Cement sheeting (including products such as fibro, hardiflex, hardiplank and villaboard) may potentially contain asbestos and must be double wrapped in 0.2mm thick low density polyethylene (LDPE) and fully sealed for it to be accepted at Birkdale Waste Transfer Station (quantities under 10m2). It will be charged at the Asbestos disposal rate, see Fees and Charges for additional information.

Any suspected asbestos, cement sheeting or fibro products not double wrapped will be rejected from Council’s waste facilities.  Any quantity over 10 square metres (m2) must be transported by a licensed Asbestos transporter.

Also see Asbestos

Ceramics (broken)
Broken ceramics can’t be recycled. Place this into your general waste bin for disposal, or reuse as an art and craft material.

Ceramics (intact)
If you have intact ceramics you can opt to take these items to RecycleWorld. Alternatively, you can give them to a secondhand/charity store.

For Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs), these are classified as hazardous waste, and can be disposed of at the hazardous waste collection area at Redland Bay Waste Transfer Station. Fluorescent lamps/tubes can also be taken to IKEA and Officeworks for recycling.

Metal or plastic drums that have previously contained chemicals must be taken to Redland Bay Waste Transfer Station. Please contact Redland City Council to arrange an inspection and disposal time on (07) 3829 8999. Drums must be triple rinsed and dried.

Depending on the type of chemical, these may be taken to the hazardous waste collection area at Redland Bay Waste Transfer Station.

These should be placed into your general waste bin.

Clean fill is regarded as clean soil that does not contain any concrete, greenwaste or other contaminants. Birkdale and Redland Bay Waste Transfer Stations accept small residential quantities (a ute or trailer load) of good clean fill/topsoil free of charge with proof of residency. For pool digs and commercial excavation refer to Fill Wanted.

Cling film/wrap should be disposed of in your general waste bin. Better yet, avoid the use of cling wrap altogether and use washable, reusable containers instead. Coles and Woolworths supermarkets now accept soft plastics like cling film for recycling.

Clothes and textiles that are clean, stain free and in generally good condition can be taken to clothing bins located at Birkdale and Redland Bay Waste Transfer Stations. There are also a number of other charity clothing bins located throughout the Redlands.

Please be aware that any materials left outside the bins cannot be collected and will be disposed of in landfill. If clothing bins are full, seek alternative bins or take directly to the store you wish to donate to.

Clothes - poor condition
Clothes in poor condition can still be diverted from landfill.  You can reuse the item as a rag in your house to clean or mop things with. You could compost the item if it is made from natural fibres (refer to the items cleaning instructions to see what it is made from). Some charities accept old clothes as ‘rags’.  Other times the rags are sent for remanufacturing into entirely new products. Redland City Council uses recycled material weed mats during the revegetation process of planting seedlings.

Coffee cups (single-use, disposable)
Coffee cups are made from a composite material that cannot be recycled. The plastic covers/lids are also unable to be recycled. Consider using a reusable ceramic mug or travel mug instead.

Coffee grounds
Coffee grounds can be added to a worm farm or compost bin, or alternatively, bagged and placed into your general waste bin. Used tea bags can also be treated in this way.

Coffee pods
Coffee pods used in pod machines cannot be recycled as a whole in the yellow-lidded recycle bin. Generally, the pods are made from either plastic or aluminium. Depending on the type of pod, these can be recycled through various recycling programs. Nespresso offers a free recycling program (for members only) for their brand of coffee pods (for more information visit the Nespresso website).  Terracycle (who recycle Aldi brand coffee pods) have suspended their recycling program having reached capacity.  If you would like to recycle part of the coffee pod, remove the top off the pod, compost the coffee grounds and recycle the plastic pod container.  Alternatively you can store your pods and wait for the program through Terracycle to recommence.

Please consider diverting your e-waste through organisations such as Freecycle.

Council offers an e-waste recycling service for residents and small business. E-waste, including computers and computer parts, can be taken to Birkdale and Redland Bay Waste Transfer Stations for recycling.

Residential amounts of concrete can be taken to Birkdale and Redland Bay Waste Transfer Stations.

‘Contamination’ refers to non-recyclable material that is put in the yellow-lidded recycle bin.

The following items are NOT accepted in your kerbside recycling bin:

  • Plastic bags
  • Polystyrene foam (Styrofoam)
  • Take away coffee cups and lids
  • Ceramics, pyrex glass and ovenware
  • Cups, plates, wine and drinking glasses
  • Mirrors and window glass
  • Garden waste including grass clippings
  • Nappies (unused or dirty)
  • Food scraps
  • Syringes/needles
  • Garden and pool hoses

These items are not only non-recyclable, but can put the wellbeing of the people sorting the materials at risk, damage the machinery and reduce the efficiency of the sorting operations. Your recycle bin is a valuable way to effectively recycle waste and should not be used as an overflow bin if you run out of room in your waste bin.  Extra waste can be taken to your local waste transfer station for disposal. Alternatively, you can contact Redland City Council on (07) 3829 8999 to upsize your recycle bin or order an additional bin.  Charges apply.

Cooking oil (as well as vegetable oil) is accepted at Birkdale, Redland Bay and North Stradbroke Island Waste Transfer Stations. If you are unable to dispose of it at a waste transfer station, you can pour the oil into a glass container with a lid and place it in your waste bin.

Corks can be recycled into new items, but not in your recycle bin at home. If you are unable to recycle your corks or find another use for them, you may put them in your general waste bin.  Corks can be taken to any branch of the Bank of Queensland in the Redlands where they can be recycled and remanufactured into floor protectors and anti-slip surfaces.

Metal or plastic drums that have previously contained chemicals must be taken to Redland Bay Waste Transfer Station. Please contact Redland City Council to arrange an inspection and disposal time on (07) 3829 8999. Drums must be triple rinsed and dried.

See Chemical drums (empty), drumMUSTER

This can be added to a worm farm or compost bin, or alternatively, bagged and placed into your general waste bin.

DVDs cannot be recycled at this stage. Broken or damaged DVDs can be placed in your general waste bin. Those in good condition can be taken to RecycleWorld for reuse. Alternatively, you can give them to a secondhand/charity store.

Refer to Department of Transport and Main Roads - Interactive Map.

Electronic waste (e-waste) can be taken to Birkdale or Redland Bay Waste Transfer Station for free drop off for all residents. The e-waste items to be recycled include: desktop computers, laptops, monitors, printers, televisions (broken screens will not be accepted), scanners, hard-drives, circuit boards, cables, keyboards and computer mouses. You should not put e-waste into your wheelie bin.

Most kinds of envelopes are able to be recycled in your yellow-lidded recycle bin. This includes envelopes with plastic windows, however does not include padded envelopes (plastic padding is not recyclable).

EPIRBs should not be placed in any household rubbish bin. Unwanted EPIRBs can be taken to Redland Bay Waste Transfer Station as part of the household hazardous waste collection process.

These cannot be recycled in your yellow-lidded recycle bin and should go into your general waste bin. Alternatively, some optical stores and health funds accept unwanted glasses. They are sent away to be repaired, regraded and distributed to communities in Africa, Asia and the Pacific. See Recycling Near You for further information.

Good quality fibreglass
Good quality fibreglass items such as boats can potentially be resold through RecycleWorld.

Poor quality fibreglass
Poor quality fibreglass items can be disposed of at any of our Waste Transfer Stations.

Fibreglass insulation
If residential, insulation may be disposed of as mixed waste at any Waste Transfer Station.

All Fibro and Fibro like products (including those such as hardiflex, hardiplank and villaboard) may potentially contain asbestos (regardless of it's age) and must be double wrapped in 0.2mm thick low density polyethylene (LDPE) and fully sealed for it to be accepted at Birkdale or Redland Bay Waste Transfer Station (quantities under 10m2). It will be charged at the Asbestos disposal rate, see RedWaste Fees and Charges.

Any suspected asbestos, cement sheeting or fibro products not double wrapped will be rejected from Council’s waste facilities.  Any quantity over 10 square metres (m2) must be transported by a licensed Asbestos transporter.

Only residential fire extinguishers can be taken to your local fire station, or dropped off at the hazardous waste collection area at Redland Bay Waste Transfer Station.

Redland City Council’s Waste Transfer Stations do not accept flares and these should not be placed in bins.

Flares can be disposed of in special bins provided by the Queensland Department of Transport at Volunteer Marine Rescue (Weekends only), Australian Volunteer Coast Guard and Queensland Transport Maritime Safety Queensland. A locations list can be found on the Flare disposal locations page on the Maritime Safety Queensland website. See below for disposal locations around the Redlands.

Volunteer Marine Rescue
William Street, Cleveland

Water Police
60 Hamilton Street, Redland Bay

Coast Guard
Boat ramp off Banana Street, Redland Bay

Some lights such as CFLs contain a small amount of mercury and should not be placed into any household bins. Bulbs and tubes containing hazardous material such as mercury can be taken to the hazardous waste collection area at Redland Bay Waste Transfer Station.

Other non-hazardous bulbs, including the old incandescent type can be wrapped in paper and disposed of in your general waste bin.

Light bulbs and tubes should never be put into your yellow-lidded recycle bin - glass cannot be recycled as it can contaminate the contents of your recycle bin.

The bulk of what makes up residential waste is food scraps and garden waste. Food waste contributes to the production of methane in landfill, a greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming.

Wasting food wastes the energy, water and natural resources used to grow, package, transport and market that food. Reduce the amount of food you waste by shopping to a list and buying only what you need. Storing food correctly will also help it stay fresher for longer, reducing the chance that it will go to waste.

Consider setting up a worm farm, compost bin or bokashi bucket and turn your food waste (and garden waste) into a nutrient-rich compost or liquid fertilizer. Alternatively, food waste can be disposed of in the general waste bin.

Depending on the condition of the item, it may be accepted at RecycleWorld or at a reuse centre. White goods, including fridges, can be taken to any mainland or island Waste Transfer Station for recycling of the scrap metal.

LPG gas bottles/cylinders can be taken to Redland Bay, Birkdale, North Stradbroke Island, Russell Island, Macleay Island and Coochiemudlo Island Waste Transfer Stations for recycling. If in date, they can be taken to many service stations or Bunnings for exchange.

Other gas bottles/cylinders (including helium, butane and other gas types) can be taken to Birkdale or Redland Bay Waste Transfer Station provided they are empty or have been de- gased prior to disposal.

BOC, Origin and Air Liquide cylinders should be returned to the supplier.

Glass that has been purchased containing either food or drink is recyclable in our current system.

Glass jars and bottles
These can be reused before being recycled in your yellow-lidded recycle bin. Separate lids before placing both the lid and the container into your recycle bin.

Glassware (glass other than bottles and jars)
Glassware that has not previously contained food or drink is not able to be recycled at this stage. This includes items such as drinking glasses, window glass and heat resistant glass (pyrex). These items need to go into your general waste bin. If they are large panes of glass, they can be taken to Council Waste Transfer stations as mixed waste and free of charge for residents. Commercial fees apply for commercial disposals.

If glue has been cured (is fully dry), it can be placed into your general waste bin, otherwise it can be dropped off at the hazardous waste collection area at Redland Bay Waste Transfer Station.

Grass clippings need to be bagged prior to disposal in the general waste bin, or placed without a bag into a dedicated green waste bin (lime green lid). Do not blow grass clippings onto the street as this is considered illegal dumping of green waste and can lead to pollution of the local waterways. Grass clippings in storm water drains can cause blockages and increases the chance of weeds to spread from one place to another.

Grass clippings can be spread over your existing grass in a fine layer (they will compost into the soil from there). Do not place grass clippings around the base of trees. This can suffocate the tree and cause it to die. If you do place grass clippings/mulch around a tree, leave a gap between the trunk and the mulch to allow air flow. Piling the mulch up around the plant stem creates an environment conducive to disease. Grass clippings can also be composted.

Residents with a dedicated green waste bin (lime green lid) can dispose of their green/garden waste in this bin or it can be taken to a Council Waste Transfer Station. Green waste is diverted from landfill through Council’s Waste Transfer Station collection points. It is then taken to a recycling facility where it is then turned into a high quality mulch or converted into clean, green electricity.

Green waste disposed of in your waste bin goes to landfill.

See Council's Hazardous Waste page.

These can be bagged and placed into your general waste bin after they have cooled.

Just about any household appliance with a power cord can be taken to a Waste Transfer Station where it is collected and recycled into a new product.  You should not put household appliances in any of your wheelie bins.

The Environmental Protection (Waste Management) Regulations 2000 have specific requirements regarding the correct disposal of needles or other sharps. Penalties exist for people who do not dispose of sharps correctly.

If a person discards a sharp at a domestic premise (e.g. household), the sharps should be placed in a ridged walled, puncture resistant container (e.g. approved sharps container) before securely closing or sealing the container. The container can then be disposed of in your general waste bin. People who use needles/syringes such as diabetics can now dispose of containers (up to 2 litres) by using new sharps bins installed at our Birkdale, Redland Bay, Russell Island and North Stradbroke Island Waste Transfer Stations.

There are different requirements for people disposing of sharps at premises such as a doctor’s surgery or hospital.

Under no circumstance can sharps be placed in recycle bins.

Council also provides sharps containers throughout the Redlands for single syringe disposal. These are located at:

Capalaba
John Fredericks Park toilet block
Capalaba Library toilets

Alexandra Hills
Peace Park toilet block

Cleveland
Toilet block next to the Woolworths car park
Toilet block in Stradbroke Ferries terminal
Cleveland Library toilets Cleveland
Library building toilets next to cafe

See Cartridges (printer/toner)

You can recycle your juice cartons and other tetra-pack containers (including poppers) in your yellow-lidded recycle bin. These are made up of a mixture of paper, aluminium and plastic and can be easily recycled.

By taking the following steps to reduce the junk mail that ends up in your letterbox, you are helping to minimise waste:

  • Place a “No Junk Mail” sticker on your letter box. The stickers are available free of charge from the Distribution Standards Board. Call 1800 676 136 for more information.
  • Make a digital choice. Register with online catalogue portals such as Catalogue Central or Lasoo Online Catalogues to receive only the advertising material you want. Alternatively you can visit retailers own websites to receive store and brand catalogues online.

Remember, paper and cardboard junk mail can be recycled, but not the plastic wrap it comes in. Be sure not to include plastic wrap in your yellow-lidded recycle bin.

This should be bagged and placed into your general waste bin.

See Grass clippings

Can be taken to all Council Waste Transfer Stations and can be disposed of, free of charge, as scrap metal.

See also Scrap metal

For Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs), these are classified as hazardous waste, and can be disposed of at the hazardous waste collection area at Redland Bay Waste Transfer Station. Fluorescent lamps/tubes can also be taken to IKEA and Bunnings for recycling.

Old incandescent bulbs do not contain hazardous material such as mercury, and can be wrapped in paper and disposed of in your general waste bin. Any broken or intact bulb should always be wrapped in paper before placing in your general waste bin.

A range of recycling programs for mercury-containing globes such as fluorescents and compact fluoros, HIDs and metal halides are run by state or local authorities, community partnerships and commercial recyclers (see Recycling Near You for further information).

See Paper

Old mattresses can be disposed of at any Waste Transfer Station.

You can take your out-of-date and left over/unwanted medicines to any pharmacy in Australia. All pharmacies are equipped to accept all medicines.  The blister packs that most tablets come in are unable to be recycled and should be placed in your waste bin.

Scrap metal can be recycled at all Council Waste Transfer Stations free of charge for residents, non-residents and commercial operators.

Scrap metals include a number of materials such as aluminium, brass, copper, stainless steel, cast iron, lead, zinc and nickel. Recycling scrap metal contributes to a significant saving in greenhouse gas emissions. Making items from recycled aluminium uses just 5% of the energy as making the same item from raw material.

Household metal items such as vegetable and food cans, pet food cans, soft drink cans, paint tins (must not contain paint), pie trays, empty aerosol cans and aluminium foil can all be placed in the yellow-lidded recycle bin.

You can recycle your milk cartons in your yellow-lidded recycle bin. Plastic milk bottles are also able to be recycled in your yellow-lidded recycle bin.

Broken mirrors can be placed into your general waste bin or taken to any Waste Transfer Station for disposal. Consider donating intact mirrors to a charity organisation.

Mobile Phones and mobile batteries cannot be recycled in your yellow-lidded recycle bin.

You can simply drop them off at a MobileMuster collection point, post them in using a free recycling satchel from Australia Post, or download a free reply paid label from the MobileMuster website.

If your mobile is still working and you would like it to be reused, you could have it repaired, pass it on to family or friends, donate it to a charity, or sell it to a company that offers cash for old mobiles phones. Visit the MobileMuster website for phone recycling drop off locations in the Redlands.

See Cars

Motor oil containers can be recycled at Birkdale and Redland Bay Waste Transfer Stations for free.  Do not place them in your household yellow-lidded recycle bin as the oil residue in oil containers can contaminate the load.

You cannot recycle any kind of nappy, used or unused. All nappies need to be placed in your general waste bin.

See Hypodermic needles

Newspapers can be recycled in your yellow-lidded recycle bin.

See Paper

Oil – car
See Car

Oil – cooking or vegetable
Cooking/vegetable oil can be taken to Birkdale, Redland Bay and North Stradbroke Island Waste Transfer Stations for recycling.

Cooking/vegetable oil should never be tipped down the drain as this can cause blockages. If you are unable to take your oil to the transfer station, always pour the oil into a jar before disposing of in your general waste bin.

Ovens can be taken to all Council's Waste Transfer Station free of charge.

See also Metal

Some charity organisations may benefit from your unwanted, good quality paint.

Small amounts of paint can be solidified by adding materials such as kitty litter, sand or newspaper. Once dry, scrape this out onto old newspaper and place in your household general waste bin. The empty paint tin should be placed into your general waste bin.

Both residential and commercial paint and packaging can be taken to Redland Bay Waste Transfer Station. There is a limit on the amount that will be accepted - maximum 100L per visit in containters of 20L or less. For further information on the types of paint accepted and how paint and packaging is recycled visit www.paintback.com.au.

Most paper can be recycled in your yellow-lidded recycle bin. This includes: newspaper, junk mail, brochures, office paper, wrapping paper, used note books, unbleached paper, glossy paper, magazines, envelopes (including window envelopes), phone books, greeting cards, coloured paper, paper bags and scrap paper.

Shredded paper can be donated to pet shops or used in a home composting unit in small quantities. Shredded paper should not be placed into your yellow-lidded recycle bin, as the small strips of paper make the fibres too small to recycle in the traditional way. Paper and documents shredded by specialised companies are usually sent on for recycling.

Padded envelopes, paper/plastic composites, thermal fax paper and wax coated paper must be placed in the general waste bin.

Reduce paper use – save the environment by using less paper in the first place.

  • Only print when necessary.
  • Use double sided printing (often known as duplex).
  • Replace paper faxes with electronic fax software or email and store documents electronically.
  • Rationalise reports and printed documentation. Could they be posted online or on your organisation’s intranet, avoiding the need to print altogether?
  • Paper is one of the greatest drivers behind deforestation worldwide. Every year, over 15 million hectares of the Earth’s forests are destroyed. In Australia, since European settlement, over 90% of our old growth forests have been cleared or logged.
  • Using less paper not only saves forests, it saves water and electricity, reduces landfill, reduces greenhouse pollution and saves you money.

Did you know that you can cancel some phone book deliveries to your home or business?
The white and yellow pages allow both residents and businesses to cancel certain deliveries. Residents can visit Directory Select to find out what phone books they are eligible to opt out of. Businesses need to call 1800 008 292 to cancel deliveries.

Buy 100% recycled post-consumer waste paper
Second to reducing overall paper use, buying 100% recycled post-consumer waste paper is the best way to minimise the impacts of your paper consumption.

Recycle all the paper that you can
When you have finished working with your paper, recycle it.

Paper (cardboard)
Cardboard can be recycled in your yellow recycling bin. Bulky or excess cardboard can be taken to Birkdale, Redland Bay, Stradbroke Island Waste Transfer Stations free of charge.

Paper (towels and tissues)
The paper fibre within tissues, including toilet tissue, tissue paper, paper towels and serviettes is too weak to be recycled. This is what makes them soft and this is why the paper has reached the end of its recyclable life. These can be placed into your general waste bin, or composted in a worm farm or compost bin.

Paper (confidential paperwork)
Confidential paperwork can be placed in the yellow-lidded recycle bin or taken to a Waste Transfer Station, however it is NOT shredded.

Pen casings and their lids can be placed in the yellow-lidded recycle bin, however the ink tubes should be placed into the general waste bin.

Petrol may be taken to the hazardous waste collection area at Redland Bay Waste Transfer Station.

These cannot be recycled in your yellow-lidded recycle bin, and should be placed into your general waste bin for disposal.

Clean pizza boxes can be recycled in your yellow-lidded recycle bin (some oil and grease on the cardboard is OK).

See Greenwaste (garden waste)

Plastic plant pots can be placed in the general waste bin.  Before disposing, try to make sure there is no soil or plant material still inside the pot, and that it is completely empty.

Plasterboard or Gyprock can be taken to all Council Waste Transfer Stations.  Ensure plasterboard is separated from suspected asbestos containing material as there are special requirements in place for the disposal of this material.

Most plastic bottles and containers can be recycled in your yellow-lidded recycle bin. This includes items such as soft drink bottles, takeaway containers, margarine containers, moulded plastic, milk and juice bottles, yogurt tubs, biscuit and sushi trays, detergent and shampoo bottles.

Be sure not to put soft/scrunchy plastics in your yellow-lidded recycle bin. Instead, save them up and take them to any Coles or Woolworths supermarkets for recycling.

Plastic bags
Plastic bags are not able to be recycled in your yellow-lidded recycle bin, however you can recycle your plastic shopping bags at a number of Coles or Woolworths supermarkets. Supermarkets tend to collect plastic bags for recycling at the entry to the store, usually in a large rubbish bin of some sort. Reuse your plastic bags, or better still, take your own reusable bags shopping and avoid the plastic bags all together. For more information see PlanetArk plastic bags factsheet [PDF 0.5MB]. Do not place recyclables inside plastic bags. Recyclables should go into your yellow-lidded recycle bin loosely and not concealed within a plastic bag or cardboard box.

Plastic straws, bread tags etc.
Small plastic items such as straws and bread tags can be placed inside an empty plastic bottle, with the lid loosely on. Then place the bottle in the recycle bin.

Plastic crates
Waste Transfer Stations do not accept these for recycling, however, if they are broken they can be disposed of as general waste.

Plastic sheeting and other soft plastics that can be scrunched into a ball
Plastic sheeting from furniture can be cut into A3 pieces and recycled at Coles or Woolworths supermarkets, along with most other soft plastics.

Plastic bag reduction
To learn more about the importance of plastic bag reduction see PlanetArk plastic bags factsheet [PDF 0.5MB].

Expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam is a lightweight, rigid cellular plastic that is used widely as a packaging medium. Its shock absorbing characteristics lend it to uses as a material for the storage and transport of fragile and expensive items such as electronic equipment.

Styrofoam is a trademarked term for closed-cell extruded polystyrene foam which is commonly used in thermal insulation or craft applications.

Both items can be recycled for free at Birkdale and Redland Bay Waste Transfer Stations for residents, however fees apply for commercial customers. The material CANNOT be recycled in your yellow-lidded recycle bin. While recycling polystyrene is the best option, small quantities can be placed into your general waste bin.

A pool blanket can be disposed of at any Council Waste Transfer Station as general waste.

See Cartridges (printer/toner)

See Batteries

Unwanted rope can be donated to charity, otherwise it should go into your general waste bin.

Rubber items (including rubber bands) cannot be recycled and should be donated or reused where possible. Otherwise, place these into your general waste bin.

See Metal

See Hypodermic needles

If shoes are in good condition, consider donating them to charity, otherwise old shoes need to go into your general waste bin.

See Hazardous waste

Steel items which have originally been used as packaging for food or drinks i.e. cans, jars, lids, caps etc. can be recycled in your yellow-lidded recycle bin. Other larger items can be disposed of as scrap metal at all Waste Transfer Stations.

Drinking straws can be placed loosely into your yellow-lidded recycle bin for recycling. Any soft plastic packaging that originally covered the straw should go into your general waste bin (or recycled at Woolworths or Coles). Place straws inside an empty plastic bottle, with the lid loosely on. Then place the bottle in the recycle bin.

See also Plastic

Strawberry punnets, as well as blueberry, raspberry and other berry punnets are recyclable and can be placed in your yellow-lidded recycle bin.

See Polystyrene

See Hypodermic needles

Medicines and pharmaceuticals, including tablets, should be returned to a pharmacy or chemist where they can be disposed of safely.

The blister packs that most tablets come in are unable to be recycled and should be placed in your waste bin.

See Electronic waste (e-waste)

See Clothing

See Hazardous waste

Timber (treated)
If your timber has a greenish tinge it is most likely treated with a preservative. Treated timber cannot be recycled and should be taken to Birkdale and Redland Bay Waste Transfer Stations.

Timber (untreated)
You can take your untreated timber (including timber framing, logs, stumps and large branches) to all Waste Transfer Stations.

Timber (painted)
Painted timber cannot be recycled and should be taken to Birkdale and Redland Bay Waste Transfer Stations and be disposed of as general waste. Commercial fees apply to commercial disposals.

See also Greenwaste (garden waste)

Tissues (used as well as clean) CANNOT be recycled in your yellow-lidded recycle bin. Tissues, kitchen paper and serviettes can be composted in a compost bin or worm farm, otherwise they should be bagged and placed into your general waste bin.

Tissue boxes which are made from cardboard CAN be recycled in your yellow-lidded recycle bin (even with the plastic edging attached).

See Cartridges (printer/toner)

Consider donating toys in good condition to a charity organisation. Alternatively, old, broken toys should go into your general waste bin.

See Cars

See Household appliances

See Food waste

Simply dispose of your old, unwanted video tapes in your general waste bin.

See Greenwaste (garden waste)

White goods, including fridges, freezers, washing machines and air conditioners can be recycled as scrap metal at one of Council's Waste Transfer Stations. If they are in good working order, consider taking them to RecycleWorld where they can be re-used.

See also Fridges

See Timber