Resource recovery areas are in operation at Council's waste facilities to encourage residents and commercial customers to sort and separate their waste.
See recycling and the community for information on the recycling and recovery of waste from kerbside collections and community events.
Recover, recycle & reuse programs
Council's Waste Minimisation Program aims to minimise the loss of resources and protect the environment by reducing litter and the amount of waste that is being disposed of in landfills, through resource recovery.
Waste minimisation is an important part of Council's waste management strategy.
Thousands of tonnes of waste are recycled, recovered and reused every year with the assistance of visitors who sort their waste.
What happens to recovered resources
Council's rescues tonnes of used materials for recycling, from landfills:
- Domestic vehicle batteries (eg car, boat)
This regulated waste received from residents at the four major waste facilities, is collected and recycled by the appropriate commercial contractor.
Crushed and used in road construction at waste management facilities.
- Chemicals and paints
Some paint is sold through the Treasure Markets, however most of the paint and all chemicals are collected and reprocessed by the appropriate commercial contractor.
- Clean fill
Soil from construction sites, including excavations for new roads and swimming pools, is brought in by residents and commercial operators. Clean fill is used to cover the landfill waste to reduce odour, pests and wildlife access as well as assist in the management and remediation of landfills.
Crushed and used in road construction or as a drainage media at the waste management facilities.
A national program for the collection and recycling of empty, cleaned, non-returnable crop production and on-farm animal health chemical drums and containers.
After drumMUSTER containers have been collected and inspected they are removed for processing. The containers are shredded, granulated and heat extruded. The extruded materials are manufactured into a variety of products we use every day. Some of the products drumMUSTER containers go into producing are:
- Recycled containers
- Wheelie bins
- Outdoor furniture
- Garden stakes
- Road signs
- Reflectors on the roads and road posts.
Council recycles e-waste through contracts with commercial waste recycling companies and the National television and computer recycling scheme. These programs enable residents to drop off their tvs and computers for recycling to the major waste facilities: Bunya, Dakabin, Caboolture and Redcliffe.
Refer to recycling near you for other recycling options.
- Gas cylinders*
The regulated waste household gas cylinders up to 9 kg (camping/BBQ cylinders) are accepted empty of gas, and are disassembled and recycled for their scrap metal. * Large gas cylinders must be returned to the gas company printed on the cylinder, as Council is unable to accept these items.
- Greenwaste (trees, bushes, branches, prunings, palm fronds, grass cuttings)
Chipped into mulch and is available for residents, used for Council's gardens, parks and landfill remediation. Mulch is for sale upon availability.
- Household recyclable packaging waste
Are collected as co-mingled (mixed or separated recyclable waste bin contents, and reprocessed into new recyclable packaging items, plus cardboard and paper products.
Ferrous & non-ferrous metals are excellent recyclable materials that can be continuously recycled without requiring new metal to be added in for strength. This saves costs for mining, transportation and processing the raw material, it also reduces energy and water consumption, the generation of greenhouse gases and the associated loss of land and habitats.
A domestic hazardous waste collected by waste oil recycling companies for reprocessing into usable oil for reuse.
- Oil containers
Collected by a recycling contractor under a national product stewardship scheme to be prepared for reprocessing.
- Reusable Items
Council has two treasure markets where donated and reclaimed items are available for resale. These operations were implemented to reduce the amount of reusable items going to landfill
Worthy items are reclaimed for sale at the Treasure Markets, with the remainder being utilised to produce green energy at power stations.
Reused by utilising them in new landfill cell constructions as a liner protection as well as providing an additional layer of permeable media for leachate collection or recycled for the steel that is stripped and reprocessed, and the rubber is chipped to make flooring for children's play areas and equestrian centres with a cushioning surface to make them safer.
Free mulch for residents
Free mulch is available to local residents depending on availability. Mulch can also be purchased at Bunya, Dakabin and Caboolture waste management facilities, subject to availability (see fees & charges).
Mechanical mulch loading is available at:
Council receives approximately 60,000 tonnes of greenwaste each year, and this is mulched and reused at the waste facilities, on Council gardens, in parks and public spaces, plus made available to local residents and the general public.
Conditions for purchase / removal of mulch
Mulch when available, may be obtained from Council's waste facilities in accordance with the fees and charges.
- Council accepts no liability of any nature whatsoever in connection with the sale, loading, collection or use of mulch
- Council will not be held responsible for any contamination or foreign matter contained within the mulch
- Persons who use this mulch do so at their own risk
- Mulch is a natural, processed material that is stored outside and may contain allergens and other micro-organisms which could contribute to skin irritations and respiratory conditions in some users.
- Council strongly recommends the use of Personal Protective Equipment when handling mulch including heavy duty gloves, long sleeved shirt and pants, safety glasses and dust mask or other respiratory aids.
Important: securely fasten a tarpaulin over your mulch prior to exiting the facility.
Where do you take your greenwaste for mulching?
Council accepts greenwaste (eg. garden prunings, branches) at the:
Landfill gas extraction
In 2009, Moreton Bay Regional Council conducted a greenhouse gas audit to identify which parts of Council's operations were responsible for greenhouse gas emissions and what steps could be taken to reduce its output. The results of the audit showed almost 75% of all emissions by Council were directly related to the landfilling of waste.
In 2010, Council completed the construction of landfill gas extraction and flaring systems at its landfill facilities. Council's Landfill Gas Management Project has proven to be a successful partnership in connecting the Queensland State Government, various Council departments, industry specialists, and the community to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in our region. The gas management system is able to extract 3 million cubic meters of gas from Council's landfill's each year, which equates to more than 40,000 tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent being flared. This carbon abatement is equivalent to removing 12,000 vehicles off the road each year.
Landfills to deliver green energy
Council is currently in a test flaring and monitoring stage, which is required to determine the quantity and quality (methane %) of the landfill gas being extracted. Advances in the area of landfill gas management has provided a range of options for utilising the extracted landfill gas, from power generation to providing biogas for buses and trucks . The information gathered during the monitoring stage is needed to establish which method of beneficial re-use provides Council and ultimately both the community and environment with the best overall outcome.