Draft Waste Reduction and Recycling Plan 2021-2025

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Council would like to thank Redlands Coast residents who contributed to the draft Waste Reduction and Recycling Plan 2021-2025. We are currently working through your feedback with a view to releasing the final Plan in the latter half of this calendar year.


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).





Council would like to thank Redlands Coast residents who contributed to the draft Waste Reduction and Recycling Plan 2021-2025. We are currently working through your feedback with a view to releasing the final Plan in the latter half of this calendar year.


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).




  • Have your say on Council’s draft Waste Reduction and Recycling Plan

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    Redlands Coast residents can now have their say on Redland City Council’s four-year plan to boost recycling and reduce local waste going to landfill.

    Council will open its draft Waste Reduction and Recycling Plan 2021-2025 for four weeks of community consultation from 27 April.

    Councillors have also endorsed in principle a longer term draft waste management plan developed by the SEQ Council of Mayors to guide a regional approach to waste management, which will be launched in May.

    Mayor Karen Williams said all residents had a vested interest in how Council and its local government neighbours met waste reduction and recycling targets necessitated by significant changes in the waste sector in recent years.

    “Better management of our waste and the greater uptake of recycling means more than just helping our environment and progressing to a zero-waste future, it is also critical to minimise extra costs to ratepayers,” Cr Williams said.

    “In July 2019 the State Government introduced a waste levy in an attempt to reduce waste being sent to landfill.

    “While this levy is currently subsidised by the State Government, we are concerned this subsidy may change in the future, making the investment into improved recycling a better use of community funds.

    “Council’s draft plan, developed alongside the broader draft South-East Queensland Waste Management Plan, outlines how we can all work together to better use our existing kerbside waste, recycling and green waste services as efficiently as possible.

    “Through it we will work to double the number of households with a green-waste bin for garden organics, as well as halve the amount of recyclable material being placed into general waste bins.

    “We also want to ensure everyone knows the importance of using the right bin and reduce the contamination in yellow-lid recycling bins that can undermine residents’ recycling efforts.

    “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 per cent by 2050, together with other industry action.”

    Cr Williams said the draft plan relied on residents working with Council to reduce waste and increase recycling.

    “The plan outlines a way we can collectively achieve waste reduction and recycling targets set by the Queensland Government,” she said.

    “Community involvement is important to the success of the plan and achieving a collective impact on our waste management and a zero waste future for the Redlands Coast.

    “Now that the consultation period has started, I encourage everyone to provide feedback on the priorities and initiatives identified in this draft plan.

    “I know how passionate our community is about helping to look after our environment and keeping Redlands Coast naturally wonderful.

    “So please take this opportunity to tell us what you think.”

    Redland City Council’s draft Waste Reduction and Recycling Plan 2021-2025 includes encouraging the improved use of the existing kerbside services such as:

    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
    4. ensuring everyone knows the importance of using the right bin.

    Currently almost two-thirds of what goes in Redlands Coast red-lid waste bins could be kept out of landfill, including more than 10,000 tonnes a year of garden organics and 6,000 tonnes of other waste which could be recycled.

    Visit Council’s Your Say website https://yoursay.redland.qld.gov.au/ to read all about the draft Waste Reduction and Recycling Plan 2021-2025 and have your say by 28 May 2021. As an added incentive, those who complete the online survey will have the chance to enter a competition draw to win one of 10 x$50 IndigiScapes vouchers (terms and conditions apply).

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