Monthly Archives: June 2021

Native orchids strike a pose right across Redlands Coast

Redlands Coast has been putting on an unexpected display of late, with recent rain resulting in bumper flowering of native orchids.

Mayor Karen Williams said Redlands Coast was home to a number of Australia’s 1200 species of native orchids, many of which were not found in any other countries.

“The largest local mass flowerings in 10 years have recently been observed by Redland City Council officers who support and regularly visit local properties participating in the Land For Wildlife program,” Cr Williams said.

Slender hyacinth orchid, Dipodium variegatum

“Often orchid plants can be difficult to find and get overlooked, so such a spectacular and broad flowering event provides a great chance to rediscover orchids that have been dormant.

“We’re encouraging all Redlands Coast residents and visitors to keep an eye out for these beauties while bushwalking or otherwise enjoying our conservation areas.

“If you suspect you’ve found one, please take a photo and send it to our team, who can help you identify it.”

Division 6 Councillor Julie Talty said she was delighted to learn of the abundance of flowering orchids found on a Land for Wildlife property in Redland Bay with the help of young nature-lover Emily Wilkinson.

Emily Wilkinson with a flowering dipodium variegatum orchid found on her family’s Redland Bay property

“I hear Emily was keen to show our Environmental Partnerships team member around her property while undertaking her own nature treasure hunt,” Cr Talty said.

Councillor Williams said that, as a free voluntary program, Land For Wildlife encouraged and assisted private landholders such as Emily’s family to enhance habitats for native plants and animals on their properties.

“While supported locally by Council, the regionally coordinated program has just registered its 5000th participant in south east Queensland.”

“Your property can still be primarily managed for other purposes while reaping the benefits of the Land For Wildlife Program.”

To find out whether Land For Wildlife or one of our other Environmental Partnership Programs could benefit you and your property, visit or email

Five finger orchid, Calandenia catenata

Send your native orchid photograph into Council for ID

Email with your photograph and details of where it was found but please don’t pick or dig it up.

Native orchids are protected by law and if you take them out of their natural environment they are unlikely to survive.

There’s more to explore next door on your winter holiday

Redland City Council’s new tourism campaign is set to promote Redlands Coast as an ideal winter holiday destination for the Queensland domestic market.

Mayor Karen Williams said the campaign would highlight some of the major attractions sitting right next door to the rest of southeast Queensland.

“Visitors can experience more with a getaway to Redlands Coast this winter,” Cr Williams said.

“We want the rest of southeast Queensland to know that there’s more to explore – and it’s right next door!”

Cr Williams said Redlands Coast offered whale watching, glamping and camping options, coastal adventures and island escapes.

“Whales have just started their migration, and Point Lookout on North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) offers some of the best land-based whale watching vantage points in the Southern Hemisphere,” Cr Williams said.

“While on Minjerribah, visitors can also take an Aboriginal Cultural Walk with a Quandamooka guide and hear sacred stories dating back more than 21,000 years.”

The hour-long tours explore local bush tucker and medicinal bush plants. But you are also likely to spot some of the island’s native wildlife – from garumun (kangaroos) and Buangan (dolphins) to bunbiya (turtles), mirigingah-banggau (eagle rays) and miringinpah (sea eagles) – depending on which tour you take.

“Redlands Coast is the place to visit if you are after an island escape,” Cr Williams said.

“Why not try a family beach holiday on Coochiemudlo Island or step out for some barefoot bowls on Macleay Island?

“We are lucky enough to have an amazing 335km of coastline and, with fast ferry services available to all our islands, it’s a definitely a destination worth exploring.”

Cr Williams said visitors could also indulge their culinary senses by checking out the thriving local food scene – from hidden bars and micro-breweries to gluten-free delights, breakfast hotspots and dinner options.

“From fish and chips on the waterfront to tasty curries, wood-fired pizzas, relaxed cellar door meals, Italian pasta and fine restaurant dining, Redlands Coast has something to satisfy your tastebuds,” she said.

“The Redlands Coast online food trail directory is a great place to begin your culinary journey.”
For art lovers, there are a number of galleries to explore along the Redlands Coast art trails.

“Redland Art Gallery holds multiple exhibitions at Cleveland and Capalaba, showcasing innovative and culturally diverse exhibitions,” Cr Williams said.

“At Cleveland you can visit The Old Schoolhouse Gallery, run by local artists and offering plenty of artwork to purchase, while the volunteer-run Redland Yurara Art Society holds monthly rotating exhibitions from its Thornlands studio and gallery.

“Minjerribah reveals its rich Quandamooka history and culture through art and place marking, and several galleries feature work by local artists, while the four Southern Moreton Bay Islands are a haven for artists and creatives.

“As well as being home to hundreds of talented resident artists, the islands of Macleay (Jencommercha), Karragarra, Lamb (Ngudooroo) and Russell (Canaipa) feature private art collections, galleries and public art installations.”

If you are after a chance to reconnect with nature, then there are plenty of options – from guided eco-education tours by Ranger Stacey at the IndigiScapes Centre, to a sunset picnic at Wellington Point or bushwalking through many of the nature reserves.

“For the more adventurous, check out the hinterland mountain bike, hiking and horse riding trails,” Cr Williams said.

“There are more than 60km of tracks in the Bayview Conservation Area which is home to koalas, goannas, glossy black cockatoos, wallabies and powerful owls.

“Other options include the 239ha of natural conservation bushland at Redlands Track Park, along with the many kilometres of off-road cycling routes across the Redlands Coast.

“For coastal adventures on the water, there are a number of canoe and kayak launching pontoons if you have your own water craft. Or check out the waters of Moreton Bay by hiring a standup paddleboard, canoe or kayak from one of the local waterfront businesses.”

Cr Williams said that for visitors wishing to stay a little longer than a day trip, Redlands Coast offered a multitude of accommodation options.

“From coastal cottages on the waterfront on Macleay Island, to glamping at Sirromet winery and beachfront resorts on Minjerribah there is something to suit everyone,” she said.

For more ideas on naturally wonderful places to visit on Redlands Coast, go to

Geoff Skinner Wetland Reserve road closure permanent

After an extended trial road closure and community consultation period, Redland City Council has decided to permanently close Bligh Street at Wellington Point’s Geoff Skinner Wetland Reserve.

Mayor Karen Williams said that, as a unique foreshore conservation area, Geoff Skinner Wetland Reserve was originally purchased for its high environmental value.

“The trail closure of Bligh Street allowed Council to investigate the impact that restricting vehicle access would have on recreational users and the environment, and the month-long community consultation period late last year provided valuable feedback from the public,” Cr Williams said.

“Thank you to everyone who participated.

“Your input, and the evidence collected during the trial closure, have shown it provided clear benefits to both the wetland environment and the broader community.

“The permanent road closure will ensure the wetland’s environmental values are protected and will continue to improve, supporting the reserve’s primary purpose.”

Division 1 Councillor Wendy Boglary said strong community response during the community consultation period (November and December 2020) showed clear support for the reserves environment values.

“A couple of plantings have been undertaken during the trial road closure with more koalas and bird species now being spotted in the area,” she said.

“A number of those surveyed also pointed to the benefits of the road closure through reduced antisocial behaviour in the area, including hooning and rubbish dumping.”

“The permanent road closure will see less litter and pollutants making their way into Hilliards Creek, less dust created from road traffic and reduced edge effects impacting the creek and wetlands.”

Cr Williams said the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Road confirmed the site was not, and would not be, a designated boat ramp.

“We are fortunate to have other suitable boat ramps across Redlands Coast,” she said.

“Council continues to invest and partner with the Queensland Government in the delivery of boat ramps and recreational paddle craft access points for the community.”

For more information visit Council’s Geoff Skinner Wetland Reserve YourSay webpage.

Council grants fund Redlands Coast events to celebrate seniors

Redland City Council will provide funding to help 11 not-for-profit groups run events during Queensland Seniors Month in October.

Mayor Karen Williams said Council was pleased to support the organisations through the inaugural Redlands Coast Seniors Month Grants Program.

“Council has been a supporter of Seniors Month for a number of years but this is the first year we’ve offered a dedicated grants program,” she said.

“We are very happy with the calibre of applications for this grant, with groups planning events on both the mainland and the islands.

“Our seniors will be spoilt for choice during October, with activities ranging from soccer, tennis and walking basketball through to an expo, hobby and craft displays and a morning tea to honour inspiring seniors.

“We have many wonderful seniors on Redlands Coast and we want them to live active, fulfilling lives and have opportunities to participate in all aspects of the community.

“This vision is articulated in Council’s Redlands Coast Age-friendly Action Plan 2021-2026 and is supported through our Seniors Month Grants Program.

“The events the program helps fund will facilitate community participation, enhance community connections, and celebrate and acknowledge our older residents and their contributions to the community.”

Successful recipients of Redlands Coast Seniors Month Grants are:

  • Bay Islands United Football Club – for an inter-island seniors soccer match
  • Redland District Committee on the Ageing Inc – seniors walk through parklands
  • Bay Islands Community Services Inc – Showcasing Seniors (hobbies and crafts) on Russell and Macleay Islands
  • Goompi Give and Grow Ltd – Quandamooka Elders lunch
  • Belgravia Foundation Pty Ltd – Seniors Week celebration at Cleveland Aquatic Centre
  • RedCity Roar Basketball Association Inc – Walking Basketball for Seniors
  • Redlands Coast Dementia Community Alliance – Dementia Friendly Communities Education and Awareness project
  • Coochiemudlo Island Men’s Shed Inc – Aged care expo with assistance from Redland District Committee on the Ageing
  • U3A Redlands District Inc – U3A Come & Try Day
  • Redland Bay Tennis Club – Redlands Hit Up for Seniors Social Tennis
  • Blue Care – Inspiring Seniors 2021 (12th annual morning tea to honour volunteers and inspirational seniors)

New state-of-the-art home for local sports clubs

Three new clubhouses, 16 sporting fields, cycling and BMX tracks and first-class recreation facilities are part of the new Redlands Coast Regional Sport and Recreation Precinct that will be home to Redlands Touch Association, Redlands Rugby League, Redlands BMX and Redland Cycling and Multisport Club.

Council today unanimously confirmed the primary tenants of the massive 101 hectare site at Heinemann Road, Mount Cotton, of which 47 hectares will be dedicated to sport and recreation facilities and activities.

The four clubs will co-tenant the precinct, which will provide Redlands Coast with more quality sporting fields, bike tracks and clubhouses, and community recreation and conservation space.

The precinct will also complement planned improvements to other Redlands Coast sporting facilities to cater for future growth.

Mayor Karen Williams thanked contributing sports organisations for sharing their design requirements and feedback on concept designs. She committed Council to continue to work with the organisations in the lead-up and during the transition to new venues.

“Not only will this incredible new facility allow the clubs moving there to grow, but it will also allow other clubs such as netball – one of the largest membership sports competitions in Redlands Coast – the opportunity to expand at Pinklands; potentially give more space for the rapidly growing sports such as basketball and gymnastics at Capalaba; and free up the Cleveland Showgrounds for events.

“This is not about catering for one or two sports, but for many. The benefits of this planning will be shared by many sports, their participants and supporters for many years to come.

“The facilities are a win for sport and particularly young people – across the city and the wider community – who will enjoy recreation facilities including boardwalks; wetland and forest areas; trails for walking, cycling and horse riding and, a regional level playground.

“With 13 touch football fields and a touch football clubhouse; three rugby league fields and a purpose-built rugby league clubhouse; a State-level BMX track, 1.2km long criterium track and shared bike activity clubhouse and, more than 800 car parks precinct-wide, the future is looking bright for these Redlands Coast sports.”

Cr Williams said the development of the precinct represented the first step in unlocking the sport and recreation potential of several other sites across the city.

“Locating these clubs at the precinct will enable works at Norm Price Park (Redland Showgrounds), Pinklands Sporting Complex and Degen Road, Capalaba, that will see benefits for other sports, clubs and the wider community.

“At Cleveland, the land vacated by Redlands Touch Association will allow the Redland Showgrounds to embrace its true identity as the city’s premier events space, with more land and time available to host festivals, concerts and expositions, bringing cultural and financial benefits to the city.

“When Redlands Rugby League Club moves from Pinklands Sporting Complex at Thornlands, there can be an expansion of Redland Netball and equestrian facilities and more car spaces, while also considering better functionality at the southern end of the site for the smaller community clubs located there, which include Redlands Modern Country Music Club, Yurara Art Society and Redland Bridge Club.

“At Degen Road, Capalaba, relocation of Redlands BMX could open up a site for expanded indoor facilities for basketball and gymnastics, or other emerging sports such as pickleball.”

Division 6 Councillor and Deputy Mayor Julie Talty said the plans for the new Redlands Coast Regional Sport and Recreation Precinct revealed wonderful facilities for these sporting organisations.

“Redlands Touch Association will have a new clubhouse with grandstand seating that will be perfect for their club. They are excited about the prospect of 13 dedicated fields, up from the current eight, with an option of an extra six fields – providing an opportunity to attract larger events and carnivals.

“Redlands Rugby League Club will call a new two-storey clubhouse home, with the lower level boasting six modern changing rooms suitable for male and female teams and an upper level with grandstand seating and community spaces enjoying enviable views over the precinct.

“Rugby League will also have three dedicated, professionally designed and lit fields, with the capability for up to five fields to host larger competition events, up from the current two fields available at Pinklands.

“For Redlands BMX, the new State-level track and multi-building clubhouse will present opportunities for the club and its growing membership to be involved in State events while providing training space for national and international championships.

“Previously without a ‘home’, Redlands Cycling and Multisport Club is delighted with both the 1.2km long criterium track and the clubhouse they’ll share with BMX. The club expects the multiple-looped track to attract new members as well as recreational riders of all ages looking to enjoy the off-road facility.”

Cr Talty said the precinct, which was scheduled to commence construction in 2022-2023 subject to funding and Council budget prioritisation, would also provide locals and the wider Redlands Coast community with a wonderful new recreation space.

“It will be an exciting precinct that shows how this naturally wonderful site will provide marvellous new recreation spaces for the wider community,” Cr Talty said.

“We’re going to see a fabulous all-ages and all-abilities recreation space with a regional level playground including water play and a pump track; a kick-about area that can also be used for class fitness activities, markets and small community events; rehabilitated wetland areas with boardwalks and nature play areas and, trails through conservation areas suitable for a range of activities, such as horse riding, mountain biking, walking and bird watching.

“The precinct is a strong step towards meeting the city’s current and future sport and recreation needs.”

To hear from the Clubs, see the fly-through video and concept plans, and for more information about the Redlands Coast Regional Sport and Recreation Precinct and how it will help unlock the city’s sport and recreation potential, visit the project page on Council’s Your Say site:

Activating our naturally wonderful parks on Redlands Coast

Redlands Coast park reserves are another step closer to being even more vibrant after Council today endorsed the Land Management Plan – Temporary Commercial Use of Public Open Space (Council Trustee Reserves).

Mayor Karen Williams said the Land Management Plan (LMP) applied specifically to 29 State-owned reserves that Council holds in trust for the Queensland Government.

“The LMP provides controls and measures that satisfy State requirements for temporary commercial activities on these reserves in the Redlands Coast,” she said.

“It also reinforces Council’s commitment to supporting sustainable levels of temporary commercial activity in public open spaces.”

Cr Williams said temporary commercial activities are generally of a low-scale, and restricted to a footprint of 30 sq m and, depending on the size and type of park, the number of commercial vendors is capped at between one and three.

“Under the LMP, the type of temporary commercial activities are limited to those that complement the recreation and leisure functions of that reserve,” she said.

“Depending on the park, activities could include mobile food and beverage vans; personal fitness training; hire of recreation equipment, such as watercraft and bikes; entertainment such as busking, face painting, magicians, petting zoos and other similar activities; and tourist-based activities, including canoe and kayak tours.

“There are many activities that could further enliven our parks and communities, and which park users would appreciate having there.

“We love our outdoors lifestyle on Redlands Coast, and the LMP is an important step in making sure great recreation and leisure opportunities are available to everyone.”

Cr Williams said the LMP would now be sent to the Queensland Government for approval.

“Following the State Government’s approval of the plan, vendors who want to operate in a park reserve will be able to indicate their interest to Council through an Expression of Interest process,” she said.

“If short-listed, they will be invited to formally apply for approval.”

For more information about the Land Management Plan – Temporary Commercial use of Public Open Space (Council Trustee Reserves) visit Council’s Your Say webpage.

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Council adopts plan to maintain healthy waterways

Redland City Council has adopted a new plan to help maintain the health of local waterways and Moreton Bay.

Mayor Karen Williams said the development of the Redlands Coast Bay and Creeks Plan 2021-2031 and supplementary Action Plan 2021-2026 reflected an ongoing commitment to sustainable stewardship of our waterways and Moreton Bay.

“This plan provides a strategic approach to protect, maintain and enhance the resilience of our waterways and the bay,” she said.

“It aligns with and supports other Council plans and strategies, such as the Corporate Plan 2021-2026, the Coastal Adaption Strategy and the Conservation Land Management Strategy 2010.

“In conjunction with the Action Plan, it also operationalises Council’s implementation of the Lower Brisbane-Redlands Coastal Catchment Action Plan that Council endorsed in 2018.”

Cr Williams said management of the waterways and bay was a complex issue.

“There is need for a plan with a clear vision to identify priorities, set a clear future direction and drive coordinated and targeted actions,” she said.

“Council has invested significantly in assessing and improving the condition of our waterways and the bay, with initiatives such as waterways monitoring and assessment programs, implementing actions to reduce sediment loads from construction sites and through the commitment to plant one million native plants by 2026.

“While this work is yielding results, we recognise there are opportunities for improvement.

“The Action Plan identifies high priority activities Council will implement over the next five years to protect and enhance the resilience of the waterways and bay.”

Cr Williams said the plan’s aim was to ensure Council and community actions left a positive legacy for the future.

“Over the 10-year life of the plan we intend to develop a better understanding of what’s happening in our waterways and adjacent lands.

“We want to ensure we’re budgeting for ongoing maintenance of our waterways and operating at best practice. We also want to see an improvement in water quality.”

Council serves up renewed tennis courts in Thorneside

The ball is back in play with the reopening of tennis court facilities at William Taylor Memorial Sports field, Thorneside.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council had completed a full renewal of the four courts at the sports field which included laying a premium sports surface, installing new lighting fixtures, fencing, access gates, and nets and net posts. The existing tennis court shelters were spruced up with new lighting, roof repairs and repainting.

An aerial view of the four refurbished tennis courts at William Taylor Memorial Sports field, Thorneside.

“This work was part of a budgeted program of approximately $13.8 million to improve our parks and sports fields across Redlands Coast,” Cr Williams said.

“As part of this project, the sports field’s two public cricket nets were renewed in a new location in order to better manage concerns between the soccer players and people using the practice nets.”

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams and Division 10 Councillor Paul Bishop at the renewed tennis courts at William Taylor Memorial Sports field, Thorneside.

Division 10 Councillor Paul Bishop said it was great to see the facilities, including the cricket nets and all four tennis courts, returned to a “like new” state.

The relocated and renewed public cricket nets at William Taylor Memorial Sports field, Thorneside.

“Youth cricket has been growing again recently with higher numbers of girls playing the sport. These nets are great for family fun and practice sessions,” Cr Bishop said.

“The tennis courts have been a much-loved facility for many decades under the management of Thorneside Community Tennis Association.

“These courts were built and cared for by community members and now that Council has taken over the lease holding, the Thorneside Community Tennis club and committee will continue to ensure they are looked after by locals, while the courts remain accessible for all users for many, many years to come.”

Council completes fourth upgrade to Thornlands Community Park

There are even more reasons to visit Thornlands Community Park with the Stage 2b upgrade introducing new exercise equipment, extra agricultural-themed play elements and recognition of the local area’s historical links.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the upgrades complemented previous works to create a flourishing vibrant outdoor space for local families and visitors.

“Right from the beginning, when Council bought this block of land, our aim has been to create a new and stimulating park to meet the needs of the growing Thornlands community,” she said.

“This is a true community park which has been heavily influenced by community feedback and I’m hoping our residents are as excited as we are about being part of this process to develop a major new park from scratch.

“Council has invested about $4.7 million to create the park over four stages since 2018, with a plaza area, carpark, picnic facilities and barbecue, footpaths, seating, landscaping, and a fully-fenced all-abilities playground.

“The park also includes Redland Coast’s first Changing Places Public Amenities which are designed to meet the needs of people with complex disabilities and their carers.

“There really is something for everyone and I’m confident our residents will be enjoying this park in this special part of Redlands Coast for generations to come, with the kids of today bringing their own children to play.”

Cr Paul Golle and Mayor Karen Williams with the anvil and interpretive sign about Wally the Blacksmith in Thornlands Community Park.

Cr Williams said Stage 2b had been completed as part of Council’s $13.8 million investment in upgrading parks and open spaces this financial year.

Division 3 Councillor Paul Golle said the latest additions to the park helped to improve liveability and amenity in Thornlands.

“Residents looking to get fit and healthy will appreciate the new fitness equipment, with a large multi-function unit, exercise bike, cross trainer, and chest and shoulder presses,” Cr Golle said.

“Our younger residents have already been spoilt for choice at this wonderful park, and the new play elements will provide even further opportunities for climbing, balancing and sliding.

“Local families will appreciate how the agricultural theme of the play area celebrates our heritage, with small and large tractor tyres for climbing, a leaf play climbing structure and embankment climbing rope and slide.

“There is also an additional barbecue and drinking fountain, extra seating, shade and a bike rack near the park entrance.”

Cr Golle supported the installation of an anvil and interpretive sign about Walter Percy Mitchell, known as Wally the Blacksmith, at the park as part of the Community Infrastructure Program budget.

Wally used to service the tools of Council road gangs at his smithy which was previously located on the park site.

“Remembering Wally, an iconic Redlands Coast figure, and the part he played in our history is important, and it will be wonderful to see him honoured in this new community park in his beloved Thornlands,” Cr Golle said.

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The right waste in the right bins for your household

Redland City Council is handing out worm farms to 100 of the residents who signed up for a green waste bin this May.

Mayor Karen Williams said the worm farm competition, along with no bin establishment fee, had proven a great incentive for residents to order a green waste bin so their garden waste could be collected separately through Council’s fortnightly kerbside collection.

IndigiScapes staff have been handing out worm farms to winners of Council’s green waste bin competition.

“We were aiming for 500 green waste bin orders in May, and ended up with 524, which we estimate will result in the recovery of an extra 171 tonnes of green waste each year,” Cr Williams said.

“Green waste bins are an important part of Council’s kerbside collection service as they provide residents with an easy way to separate garden waste – such as garden prunings, grass clipping, weeds and small branches – from general waste and recyclables.

Worm farms are good for food scraps that can’t be put in your household green waste bin.

“Currently, about a third of the material put into kerbside general waste bins could be diverted to household green waste bins, the contents of which are composted and turned into soil and landscaping products.

“But when this material stays in general waste bins, it ends up in landfill, which is costly and bad for the environment.

“Nor does green waste belong in your yellow-lid bin, where it will end up contaminating your recycling.”

Cr Williams said the three bin-system catered to all different household sizes and needs, with residents being able to upsize their recycling bin, and order multiple recycling and green waste bins.

“Keen gardeners can order multiple green waste bins and larger families may opt for a second recycling bin,” she said.

“The system is flexible for the convenience of households and to maximise resource recovery.”

Council’s three-bin system

General household waste bins are collected kerbside on a weekly basis, have a red lid (or a dark green one for older bins) and are for non-recyclable items. While we’d prefer to see garden waste composted, put in a green waste bin or taken to a recycling and waste centre, it is still permitted in your general waste bin.

Every household has a yellow-lid recycling bin with household collection being fortnightly. Just five material types can be recycled kerbside – paper, cardboard, glass jars and bottles, aluminium and steel cans and firm plastic containers and bottles. Contaminants to keep out of your yellow-lid bin include soft plastics, bubble wrap, food scraps, polystyrene and textiles. Most importantly, don’t place recycling into a kitchen tidy bag or garbage bag.

Green waste bins are available to mainland residents and are optional so you need to order yours’ from Council, after which an annual fee for collection will appear on your rates. They have a lime green lid and are collected kerbside on the alternative fortnight to your recycling bin. They are for garden organics only, so kitchen scraps need to go either in your general waste bin or preferably your compost or worm farm at home.

Winners of the worm farms have been notified via email or will receive a letter in the mail and they can pick up their worm farms from IndigiScapes native nursery before 31 July.

If you’re unsure about what household bin an item belongs in, check Council’s online A-Z of waste recycling or you can pick up a copy of the A-Z of waste and recycling at Council’s mainland customer service centres.