Reduce, reuse and recycle

Waste disposal should be the last option.

There are many different ways to reduce, reuse and recycle waste. Only a small amount of waste needs to end up as landfill.

Recycling at waste transfer stations

Council’s waste transfer stations actively encourage recycling to prevent reusable items 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 waste transfer stations. Residents must present their photo ID.

Some non-resident and commercial waste including cardboard and scrap metal can also be recycled for free.

RecycleWorld

RecycleWorld is based at the Redland Bay Waste Transfer Station, 761-789 German Church Road, Redland Bay.  Open Tuesdays and Saturdays from 10am - 2pm.

You can dispose of unwanted items that are in good condition at the Birkdale and Redland Bay waste transfer stations. You can also purchase second-hand items at RecycleWorld.

For more information, see RecycleWorld

Processing your recycled waste

All of the material collected from your yellow top recycling bin is taken to a materials recovery facility operated by Visy.

This facility has over 1km of conveyor belts, powerful magnets, infrared technology and automatic plastic sorting. It processes an impressive 350 tonnes of recyclables every day.

What can 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 into
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 is 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, either locally or exported for reprocessing.
Lead acid car batteries The battery acid is drained and the plastic and lead 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.
Electronic waste

Electronic waste collected from Redland City Council transfer stations goes to Brisbane where they are stripped and processed into the following commodity groups:

  • Plastic is shredded and send out to various markets
  • Metal is stripped and send to commodity markets
  • Leaded glass is treated and used in smelters or as deep road base, non-leaded glass is melted down and re-used
Circuit boards are sent to Korea or Japan.
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, cosmeticsand stockfeed.

Recycling contamination

We all need to be careful about what we recycle. Placing the wrong item into recycling can cause problems for the sorting process – it might mean that an entire batch of recycling material cannot be processed.

This is known as contamination.

As an example, the top three items that contaminate our recycling process are:

  • 20 plastic bags detected every minute
  • 1 dirty nappy detected every minute
  • Enough syringes to fill a wheelie bin detected every month.

Helpful tips

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.

Avoid waste:

  • Consider buying quality goods that last longer than their cheaper counterparts.
  • Avoid junk mail.
    • Most junk mail can be stopped by placing a 'No Advertising Material' sticker on your letterbox. The Distribution Standards Board provides them free of charge. Contact the board on 1800 676136 or email dsb@catalogue.asn.au
    • Unsolicited addressed mail can also be stopped by contacting the Australian Direct Marketing Association on (02) 9368 0366.
  • Avoid disposable plates, cutlery, cups and napkins. For a party or BBQ, use durable plates, utensils and washable linen.
  • Consider using a water filter instead of buying bottled water.
  • Plant trees and shrubs that don't need frequent pruning or drop their leaves.
    • Native plants such as palm lilies, native violet, golden candles, swamp banksia, grass trees, sarsaparilla vine, and native frangipani are just a few.
    • Join Council’s Your Backyard Garden Program by IndigiScapes to become more involved.

Reduce and reuse:

  • Buy products that are made from recycled material, are reusable, refillable or can be recycled.
  • Look at packaging. Some items are wrapped in multiple layers of plastic and cardboard. Consider buying a similar item with less packaging, in bulk or packaged as a concentrate.
  • If you feel strongly about a waste management issue with a particular product, write to the manufacturer, or choose an alternative that is environmentally-friendly.
  • Use a reusable shopping bag or at least minimise the number of plastic bags you need to take your groceries home.
  • Donate old clothing and furniture to charitable organisations or to RecycleWorld.
  • Sell your old items online or at markets, fairs and garage sales.
  • Buy products that can be used many times or repaired. Good examples are tyre retreading, rechargeable batteries, cloth nappies, hankies and cloth napkins, ink pens with refillable cartridges, durable razors, reconditioned furniture and appliances.
  • Compost your food scraps, grass clippings and leaves – use this as a potting mix or source of nutrients around plants. You can make your own compost bins or buy them at your local hardware store or nursery.
  • Get into the habit of using both sides of paper. If you use a photocopier or printer, try to print on both sides. If not, save the paper and use the black side for notes or children's craft.
  • Worm farming is a great way to recycling organic material into compost for your garden. Kits can be bought at nurseries or hardware stores, or make your own using recycled materials.

Information and advice on composting and organics recycling

IndigiScapes can offer helpful advice on home composting, setting up a worm farm and recycling food waste.

Further information

For more information on what items can be recycled visit A-Z of waste and recycling.

For further information re clinical / medical waste, please contact us to discuss your needs.