Reducing, reusing and recycling waste are all great ways to help the environment.
Your kerbside recycling bin can be used to recycle packaging from most household items (except scrunchy soft plastics).
There are a growing number of take-back schemes and stewardship programs and tools to help you recycle right. Some links are provided below or search recycling options by product, through recyclingnearyou.com.au.
Check out our handy waste guide
This guide has been produced to help residents make choices that will improve their world as well as the environment by avoiding waste and maximising opportunities to reuse and recycle while saving money. Find it here.
Wash and squash, lids off and loose!
- Rinse containers
- Squash containers and break down cardboard
- Take lids off bottles
- Don't put your recycling in plastic bags
Check it before you chuck it
The Australasian Recycling Label on many products tells you how to correctly dispose of packaging and what can go in kerbside recycling. Incorrect items in the recycling bin can ruin the load or cause jams in the truck or processing facilities.
Containers for change
A container rebate scheme helps reduce litter from beverage containers and is a great opportunity for some extra pocket money. A range of beverage containers can be collected and returned for a 10c refund per container.
Single use soft plastic recycling through RedCycle has been temporarily paused. At this time we recommend placing single use soft plastics in the general waste bin.
Terracycle offers a range of paid and free recycling programs for specific hard-to-recycle products found in households and workplaces.
B-Cycle - Battery Recycling
Batteries can’t go in your regular recycling or household rubbish bin because they can cause harmful fires, and leach toxic materials into waterways and ecosystems. Take them to your nearest recycling drop-off point instead.
Recycle Mate App
Recycle Mate helps you recycle anywhere in Australia – whether at home, at a friend's house or when on holiday. Just take a photo or type the name of an item you would like to know more about and Recycle Mate will give you disposal advice specific to your location.
GIVIT is a not-for-profit donation platform that channels generosity where it is needed to support vulnerable people and communities in Australia. In the past 12 months GIVIT has facilitated the donation of almost 2 million donations to people in need and diverted 2,000 tonnes from landfill.
Available through Council facilities. Paintback takes unwanted paint and packaging and responsibly disposes of it, diverting it from landfill and vital waterways.
Available through Council facilities. Mobile Muster provides a free recycling program for mobile phones, batteries, chargers and accessories.
Available through Council facilities. drumMUSTER provides Australian agricultural and veterinary chemical users with a recycling pathway for eligible empty agvet chemical containers.
Available through Council facilities. ChemClear helps farmers and other users of agvet chemicals manage chemical storages and deliver solutions for chemical waste disposal.
Let's Get It Sorted
Check out what the Queensland Government is doing to encourage Queenslanders to recycle more and learn more about getting your recycling sorted here.