Draft Waste Reduction and Recycling Plan 2021-2025

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Redland City Council’s Draft Waste Reduction and Recycling Plan 2021-2025 outlines how the Redlands Coast community can collectively achieve waste reduction and recycling targets set by the Queensland Government.


The Plan details how Council and the Redlands Coast community can work together to improve how existing kerbside services are used. Achieving this would include:

  1. doubling the number of households with a green waste bin for garden organics
  2. halving the amount of recyclable material being placed into general waste bins
  3. reducing contamination (non-recyclable materials) in the yellow-lid recycling bins
  4. ensuring everyone knows the importance of using the right bin


Our aim is for 90 per cent of our community to be correctly recycling 90 per cent of their waste, 90 per cent of the time. This is what it will take to reach Queensland’s recycling target of 70% by 2050.


This draft Plan is the first part of a broader 30-year plan to minimise waste to landfill and align with Queensland’s waste reduction ambitions. The Queensland Government’s waste levy introduced in July 2019 significantly increased the cost of waste disposal. While that cost has not been passed on to Redlands Coast residents, this could change in the future and would make waste disposal much more expensive than recycling.


Almost half of all Redlands Coast waste is now being recycled. But we can do better.


Currently, each Redlands Coast resident generates almost 700 kilograms of waste and recycling each year. That means we generate more per capita than the southeast Queensland average. Council has proposed some new reduction initiatives that we would appreciate feedback on from the community.


Approximately 64 per cent of waste in our red-lid bins could be kept out of landfill. More than 10,000 tonnes of garden organics go into waste bins and is sent to landfill each year. Besides garden organics going into waste bins, a further 6,000 tonnes of recyclable material is incorrectly dumped in general waste bins each year.


Putting the wrong items in the yellow-lid recycle bin leads to recycling contamination. More than one-tenth of what’s in our kerbside recycling bins shouldn’t be there. This equates to almost 1,300 tonnes of non-recyclable waste going into the wrong bins.


One key focus of the Plan during the next four years will be on getting green waste and recyclables out of the general waste stream. The easiest way for householders to reduce garden organics being put into landfill is to get a green waste bin.


Council and the community can work together to ‘recycle right’. Collective action will reap rewards for the entire community.


Have your say

The draft Waste Reduction and Recycling Plan 2021-2025 outlines how Council plans to work with the community to improve our collective waste and recycling efforts and reduce the cost of waste management for you and the community.


Please help by contributing your thoughts on the Plan and waste and recycling in the survey below.


Those completing the detailed survey have the chance to enter a competition draw to win one of 10 x $50 IndigiScapes gift vouchers (see Terms and Conditions).





Redland City Council’s Draft Waste Reduction and Recycling Plan 2021-2025 outlines how the Redlands Coast community can collectively achieve waste reduction and recycling targets set by the Queensland Government.


The Plan details how Council and the Redlands Coast community can work together to improve how existing kerbside services are used. Achieving this would include:

  1. doubling the number of households with a green waste bin for garden organics
  2. halving the amount of recyclable material being placed into general waste bins
  3. reducing contamination (non-recyclable materials) in the yellow-lid recycling bins
  4. ensuring everyone knows the importance of using the right bin


Our aim is for 90 per cent of our community to be correctly recycling 90 per cent of their waste, 90 per cent of the time. This is what it will take to reach Queensland’s recycling target of 70% by 2050.


This draft Plan is the first part of a broader 30-year plan to minimise waste to landfill and align with Queensland’s waste reduction ambitions. The Queensland Government’s waste levy introduced in July 2019 significantly increased the cost of waste disposal. While that cost has not been passed on to Redlands Coast residents, this could change in the future and would make waste disposal much more expensive than recycling.


Almost half of all Redlands Coast waste is now being recycled. But we can do better.


Currently, each Redlands Coast resident generates almost 700 kilograms of waste and recycling each year. That means we generate more per capita than the southeast Queensland average. Council has proposed some new reduction initiatives that we would appreciate feedback on from the community.


Approximately 64 per cent of waste in our red-lid bins could be kept out of landfill. More than 10,000 tonnes of garden organics go into waste bins and is sent to landfill each year. Besides garden organics going into waste bins, a further 6,000 tonnes of recyclable material is incorrectly dumped in general waste bins each year.


Putting the wrong items in the yellow-lid recycle bin leads to recycling contamination. More than one-tenth of what’s in our kerbside recycling bins shouldn’t be there. This equates to almost 1,300 tonnes of non-recyclable waste going into the wrong bins.


One key focus of the Plan during the next four years will be on getting green waste and recyclables out of the general waste stream. The easiest way for householders to reduce garden organics being put into landfill is to get a green waste bin.


Council and the community can work together to ‘recycle right’. Collective action will reap rewards for the entire community.


Have your say

The draft Waste Reduction and Recycling Plan 2021-2025 outlines how Council plans to work with the community to improve our collective waste and recycling efforts and reduce the cost of waste management for you and the community.


Please help by contributing your thoughts on the Plan and waste and recycling in the survey below.


Those completing the detailed survey have the chance to enter a competition draw to win one of 10 x $50 IndigiScapes gift vouchers (see Terms and Conditions).