Responsible Recycling Responsible Recycling

Responsible Recycling Starts with You... Recycle and Save
With the introduction of fees at waste facilities, Council is encouraging residents to SORT and SAVE.  Disposing of recyclables is FREE so separating your recyclables from other rubbish will save you considerable money and time at the tip or transfer station.  The majority of rubbish generated in the home can be recycled including: -

  • Glass bottles & jars;
  • Clean newspaper, cardboard, magazines & advertising brochures;
  • Plastic bottles and containers with recycling symbol 1,2,3,4,5,6 7
  • Juice & milk cartons
  • Steel & aluminium cans and empty aerosols
  • Pizza boxes

Other recyclable items include:

  • Car batteries
  • Electrical goods
  • Gas bottles
  • Car bodies
  • Motor oil; and
  • Scrap metals (ie. steel, aluminium, copper, etc).

Please ensure containers are empty of contents before placing in the Recycling Bin.


Read Frequently Asked Questions of What can go in the yellow lid recycling bin?


Read the Easy Recycle Guide (266KB PDF)or visit the Recycle Right CQ website for more recycling ideas.


Eco Tip! Conserve water and rinse recyclables after you have washed the dishes.


Disposal of green waste is FREE at all Transfer Stations and the Benaraby Landfill, however green waste should not be disposed of in your general waste and recycling bins.

Council also recommends that you plan your load before you go to the tip or transfer station so that you can easily drop off waste into the designated areas.  Have your recycling, general waste and green waste separated in your vehicle.  This will save you considerable time when you reach the waste disposal site and will ensure that you are charged correctly.

Read the Sort'n'Save Brochure to find out how to save money and the environment by sorting your waste before you take it to the landfill.

Council is aiming to achieve minimal waste to landfill and residents who are currently placing all their waste together and paying the maximum costs to dispose of everything into the general waste pile.  Council is considering applying additional charges for unsorted waste to recover the cost of having an attendant sort it at our waste disposal sites.  For example, if you have general waste mixed with recycling and green waste and are not willing to sort it, you may be directed to dump it in a designated area and Council’s attendants will sort it for an additional fee.  You may not be permitted to dump everything into the general waste bin. 

Additional wheelie bins, repair and replacement wheelie bins, information and advice are also available by contacting Council’s Waste Services Section on 4970 0700 or email.

Cover your Load
One of the main sources of roadside litter is rubbish falling from uncovered loads. Under the Transport Operations (Road Use Management – Road Rules) Regulation 1999, it is an offence to drive or tow a vehicle with an unsecured load. An on-the-spot fine applies for breaches of this provision.

In addition, a maximum penalty of 40 penalty units or $3,000 may be applied under the provisions of the Environmental Protection (Waste Management) Regulation 2000 if a person is convicted of unlawfully disposing of litter. Alternatively, Infringement Notices may be issued by Council and carry a penalty of up to $300.

If you are transporting waste in your vehicle or trailer your load muct be securely tied down and covered to prevent the possibility of rubbish falling out.

Council Officers will also be monitoring the problem and recording the registration details of those vehicles that are breaching the transport operations and littering provisions.

The community may assist by reporting offender’s details (vehicle and/or trailer registration numbers and details about the offence, time, location, description of litter) to Council and the matter will then be taken up with the registered owner of that vehicle.

Let's Get Tough On Litter and Keep Our Part of Australia Beautiful!

Littering incidents can be reported to Gladstone Regional Council's Environment and Regulation Section during office hours from 8.30am to 5pm weekdays on (07) 4970 0700. Alternatively, you are welcome to email us. Calls and e-mails can be made in confidence with your anonymity preserved if you wish.