Recycling and Waste Minimisation

Strategic approach

In June 2021, Council has adopted an updated Waste Management and Resource Recovery Strategy 2021-2026 and its key theme is waste reduction through enhanced resource recovery and education.


The draft strategy was available for community feedback throughout December 2020, January and February 2021 before being presented to Council for adoption.  

During the consultation in the drafting of this Strategy community members overwhelmingly supported a focus on waste avoidance, reuse and resource recovery, community education and infrastructure.

This document echoes and reinforces the sentiments shared in feedback sessions that Council need to make reducing waste easier and more appealing for our community through the waste services it offers.

Council aims to manage waste efficiently, cost effectively and in an environmentally responsible manner in line with the ambitious targets set by the Queensland Government to become a zero-waste society, where waste is avoided, reused and recycled to the greatest possible extent.

The Scenic Rim's progression towards 'zero avoidable waste to landfill' is supported at all levels of planning and is included in the Corporate Plan Scenic Rim 2026.


Community Involvement 



Recycling is a great way to help the environment when it comes to waste. But it is just one step in the waste cycle. To minimise the amount of waste we create we need to look at all the steps in the waste cycle. The easiest way to do this is to remember: REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE



Using your recycling bin effectively

Use your 240-litre Council recycling bin for:

  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Steel cans, including aerosol cans
  • Plastic bottles and containers
  • Newspaper, cardboard, magazines and advertising brochures
  • Aluminium cans
  • Juice and milk cartons
  • Lids from bottles and jars

Do not place in your recycle bin:

  • Food scraps
  • Garden waste
  • China/ceramics/mirrors
  • Plate glass/heat resistant glass
  • Plastic bags
  • Clothing
  • Household waste
  • Rocks, dirt, stones
  • Building materials
  • Oil, acid or other chemicals

Do not place your recyclables in plastic bags. Recyclable materials should be placed loosely in your recycle bin.

Here is a full listing of Accepted Waste Materials and where to take these items.


Home Composting

Studies in Scenic Rim region have shown that up to 30 per cent of the materials presented for weekly waste collection are organic and could be composted at home. Composting at home is easy and will not only help reduce waste but will also produce an excellent soil conditioner/ fertiliser for your plants and gardens.

Kitchen scraps and garden waste can account for up to 50 per cent of domestic rubbish. Residents are encouraged to turn their food and vegetable scraps and grass clippings into organic garden fertiliser.

Compost Bin Rebate Program

Council would like to support residents of the region who reduce their food waste going to landfill, by providing a $30 rebate towards the purchase of a selected compost bin. The rebate is available to residents (limit one per property) who purchase a 220-Litre Compost Bin at participating Mitre 10 retailers located in Beaudesert, Boonah, Tamborine Mountain and Kalbar. The rebate will consist of 50% (maximum $30) off the total price of a selected compost bin valued at $60, or alternatively $30 off any other selected compost bin stocked by the retailer of same or higher value.

To apply for the rebate, please complete the online form below, and a voucher will be emailed to you. Vouchers must be presented and surrendered upon purchase of the compost bin to obtain the discount. Please note that compost bin stocks will vary from store to store, and a waiting period may apply for orders. If you would like further information, please phone Council's Waste section.

If you have issues submitting the form below, please email your responses to