Rethink waste

Waste is generated through our day to day lives including shopping, building and renovating, landscaping and yard maintenance, manufacturing, repairing and general consumption.

Choosing to reduce, reuse and recycle more household items requires us to think beyond the recycling bin and avoid disposing unwanted materials in general waste bins.

More ways to rethink waste

  • Donate unwanted items to charity or arrange a bulky waste collection where salvageable items are taken to Council’s treasure markets
  • Look for secondhand instead of buying brand new
  • Pick up a load of free mulch for your garden after you drop off a load of vegetation at Council’s waste facilities
  • Kick start your garden with a new compost or worm farm at home to recycle your organic scraps. Checkout Council’s useful online resources to find the compost method to suit your lifestyle
  • Find where to recycle items not accepted in your wheelie bins including soft plastics, batteries and printer cartridges
  • Get on top of food waste by planning your meals and only buying what you need
  • Reuse those takeaway containers before recycling them and repurpose glass jars, they make great containers or reusable coffee cups
  • Familiarise yourself with the current waste and consumption issues and view short videos from the The Story of stuff
  • View our local winners of the Regional Recycler competition for 2020
  • Find where to recycle items, not accepted in your wheelie bins including soft plastics, batteries and printer cartridges through our waste database.

Waste facts

  • For every Australian, 2.7 tonnes of waste is generated every year
  • Weekly general waste kerbside services collected 1.26 million tonnes of domestic waste from over 1.9 million households
  • Approx. 300 million tonnes of plastic waste is produced every year which is almost equivalent to the weight of the entire human population
  • Half of all plastic produced is designed to be used only once and then thrown away. Less than one fifth of all plastic is recycled globally
  • Australians are currently disposing of 6,000 kilograms of fashion and textile waste every 10 minutes. 

Recycling and Resource recovery facts

  • Queenland councils diverted nearly 2.8 million tonnes of waste from disposal, including over 1.4 million tonnes of headline wastes, such as paper and packaging, and green wastes, and over 1.3 million tonnes of other waste including biosolids, batteries and clean earthen material.
  • 16,900 tonnes of waste was diverted from landfill through the operation of ‘tip shops’ such as Council's treasure markets.

Of the total materials recovered in 2018-19 from recycling bins and other commercial  and industry operations:

  • 80% were processed in Queensland
  • 4% of diverted materials were sent interstate for further processing
  • 16% of diverted materials were sent overseas for further processing.