Category Archives: Waste and recycling

Easter public holiday closures 2019

Council offices, customer service centres and libraries

Redland City Council offices, customer service centres and libraries will be closed from Friday 19 April (Good Friday) through to Monday 22 April (Easter Monday), returning to regular operating hours on Tuesday 23 April 2019.

ANZAC Day: Closed Thursday 25 April 2019. Reopening Friday 26 April 2019

During this time after hours return chutes will be closed. No items will be due during this time.

Redland IndigiScapes Centre & Nursery

Redland IndigiScapes Centre is currently closed for renovations.
The Nursery will be closed on Good Friday 19 April 2019.

ANZAC Day: IndigiScapes Gardens & Nursery will be open at 12pm (noon).

Bin collections

All bin collections will continue as usual throughout this period. Please note that there will be no bin deliveries or exchanges on public holidays. Please report any missed services on 3829 8999.

Waste transfer stations

All mainland and island waste transfer stations will be closed on Good Friday 19 April 2019. Residents should check the website for all other opening times.

RecycleWorld Redland Bay

RecycleWorld Redland Bay will be closed Easter Saturday. Reopening on Tuesday 23 April 2019.

Redland Animal Shelter

The Redland Animal Shelter will operate as per regular operating hours.

Redland Performing Arts Centre

The RPAC Box Office will be closed for Easter from 4pm on Thursday 18 April 2019 and re-open on Tuesday 23 April 2019. During this time tickets can be purchased online via

Redland Art Gallery Cleveland

Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland will be closed from Monday 15 April – Friday 3 May 2019 for exhibition changeover and maintenance. Repoening Sunday 5 May 2019 at 9am.

Redland Art Gallery Capalaba

Redland Art Gallery, Capalaba is closed Monday 22 April 2019 and Thursday 25 April 2019.

Out of hours emergencies

For council-related emergencies, please phone 3829 8999.

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Redlands Coast joins neighbouring councils to explore new waste management options

Redland City Council has joined four other south-east Queensland councils in seeking regulatory approval to explore options for future waste management services.

Redland City Council, along with Ipswich City Council, Logan City Council, Lockyer Valley Regional Council and Somerset Regional Council, has applied to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) for authorisation to invite expressions of interest (EOI) in the provision of future waste disposal and/or resource recovery services.

Proposals would be invited for a regional solution, or for solutions which will suit one or more council areas. The proposals could range from small scale through to large scale integrated regional solutions and can be focused on one or more of available waste streams offered by the councils.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said she supported a regional approach to meet the challenges of the changing waste sector and to move to a more sustainable circular economy.

“My role as Deputy Chair of the Council of Mayors (SEQ) Waste Working Group has highlighted to me the potential benefits of such collaboration for Redlands Coast, especially since the 2011 closure of our last local disposal site at Birkdale,” Cr Williams said.

“Redland City Council has been actively exploring regional collaboration opportunities since 2010 and has a waste disposal agreement with Brisbane City Council until June 2020.

“With a good recycling rate for municipal solid waste, Redlands Coast residents have been increasingly embracing optional household green waste bins and upsizing to larger recycling bins.

“However, there is always room for improvement and the time is right for Redland City Council to embrace regional waste and resource recovery opportunities that may not be viable to consider alone.

“Like our neighbouring councils, we need ongoing engagement with a range of industry players to identify innovation and proposals to keep valuable resources out of landfill.

All documentation relating to the joint application will be made public and published on the ACCC’s Authorisations Register.

It is expected the EOI will be advertised by the end of March.

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Waste bin collection services impacted for Russell Island residents

Waste bin collection services will be impacted today due to a vehicle barge breakdown. It is expected that 150 properties will be missed, however JJ Richards is working hard to collect waste from as many bins as the vehicles can legally carry.

Follow Council’s Facebook and Twitter pages to keep updated of the catch-up bin collection date and time. The Russell Island waste transfer station will be open for extended hours today from 8am-4pm.

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Huge response to Council’s National Recycling Week bin swap offer

In the space of just one week, more than 1,100 Redlands Coast households have signed up for a larger recycling bin in response to Redland City Council’s National Recycling Week free bin swap offer which ended on 18 November.

Mayor Karen Williams said the response exceeded expectations and residents obviously saw it as a great deal.

“In this limited-time offer, residents were invited to upgrade their regular size (240 litre) recycling bin to a large (340 litre) recycling bin with no upfront establishment fee,” Cr Williams said.

“The response from the community was overwhelming and means as a city we now have the potential to collect an extra 110,000 litres of recycling.

“It’s all part of our push to see more recyclable items diverted from landfill to material recovery facilities.

“Recent Council waste audits show that – by weight – an average of 15.7% of what goes into household waste bins is actually recyclable and belongs in our yellow-top bins.

“Paper and cardboard tops the naughty list, accounting for 9.3% of what goes into our general waste wheelie bins.

“A further 6.4% consists of recyclable plastic bottles and containers, aluminum and steel cans and glass bottles and jars.

“Having a bigger yellow-top recycling bin is especially helpful during the festive season, when bin space is at a premium and ‘overflow’ recyclables can end up in the general waste bin.”

Cr Williams said due to the huge response, it would take a little longer than first expected to deliver all the bigger bins.

“We are aiming to have them all swapped over by 30 December ahead of New Year’s Eve celebrations,” she said.

“We’re asking residents who have ordered their bigger bins to be patient.

“All bin exchanges will take place on their normal fortnightly recycling bin collection day.

“Bin swaps could take place until 4pm on your bin day so leave your yellow-top bin out until the end of the day.

“If your bigger bin doesn’t arrive on that collection day, continue to place your recycling bin out on your subsequent fortnightly recycling collection day until it does.

“Thanks once again for your recycling efforts.

“If you’re unsure what waste items should go where, visit Council’s website at”

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Upsize your bin for Recycling Week and save money

To celebrate National Recycling Week (12 to 18 November), Redland City Council is offering a special deal on upsizing household recycling bins.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council was waiving the one-off bin establishment fee when households upgraded from a regular size (240 litre) recycling bin to a large (340 litre) recycling bin.

“That is a saving of $30,” she said.

“What’s more, swapping to the bigger bin costs no extra on your rates.”

Cr Williams encouraged Redlands Coast residents to continue recycling, and said more information about Council’s household recycling and green waste collection services would be available at a National Recycling Week display at Stockland Shopping Centre, Middle Street, Cleveland (Coles side) on Monday 12 November from 9am to 4pm.

“Arts-and-craft fun, transforming non-recyclable items into useful and beautiful objects, will also be available at the display,” she said.

“National Recycling Week provides a great opportunity for us all to make sure we are doing our bit to recycle right at home.

“I urge everyone to familiarise themselves with what can and can’t be recycled, as well as what contaminants should be kept out of recycling bins such as plastic bags.  If you’re unsure what should go where, visit Council’s website.”

To upgrade your recycling bin during National Recycling Week, visit from 12 to 18 November 2018 (conditions apply).

National Recycling Week Shopping Centre Display

Where: Stockland Shopping Centre, Middle Street, Cleveland (Coles side)

When: Monday 12 November

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Council to investigate ways to keep food waste out of landfill

Redland City Council will investigate options to divert food and garden waste from landfill, while at the same time creating a nutrient rich product for local gardens.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams asked today for Council to investigate a Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) service across the city, helping the environment and residents’ hip-pockets.

“Food Organics and Garden Organics makes up about 23 per cent of all waste collected in kerbside waste collection,” Cr Williams said.

“Based on 2014-15 figures, this means each year almost 25,000 tonnes of food and organics waste goes into landfill.

“That’s not only bad for the environment, it’s like throwing money away; so today I have asked for Council to investigate ways we can divert this potentially valuable product to an alternative use.

“Food waste is also a large contributor to greenhouse gases through the production of methane, so by finding ways to use it on our gardens rather than putting it in the ground we will also be helping the environment.”

Cr Williams, who is the Deputy Chair of the South East Queensland Council of Mayors waste working group, said her Mayoral Minute also asked Council officers to investigate regional options across neighbouring councils, as well as working with community partners.

“As the old saying goes, one person’s trash is another’s treasure; and with FOGO having the potential to be treated and used as nutrient rich compost and soil, this decision could ultimately help local green thumbs, while also creating a new economy for the city,” she said.

“We have some very passionate local gardening groups that we will look to engage in this conversation also.

“The waste sector is changing dramatically and at this stage it is unclear how the introduction of the State Government’s waste levy will impact Redlands Coast, so it makes sense to look at ways to reduce our waste going to landfill.

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Get filming ‘Get Ready’ for great prizes

An Apple iPad Pro or a GoPro HERO6 are up for grabs as part of Redland City Council’s new ‘Get Ready’ youth video competition.

Redland City Mayor and Local Disaster Management Group chair Karen Williams said the competition aimed to involve young people of Redlands Coast with community messaging around storm and bushfire season preparedness.

“Each year, we run an extensive campaign to remind residents about the need to be prepared for natural emergencies, which, as recent years have shown, present real risks to our community,” Cr Williams said.

“This year for the first time, we are getting our young people involved and running a competition calling for 90-second videos promoting key disaster preparedness messages.

“Our hope is that we will be able to work with winning entries to create a final video for release in ‘Get Ready’ week in October.

“While it is a youth-focused competition, we encourage team efforts and the help of parents, teachers and other budding filmmakers in creating entries.

“We’d love to see some family and school entries, again giving the wider community an opportunity to devise new and engaging ways to share the ‘Get Ready’ message.

“There are great prizes on offer for the winning entries, so I encourage people to head to Council’s Your Say Redlands website to find out how to get involved.”

Videos must include four key disaster management messages: preparing your home, the need for a household emergency plan and emergency kit, getting to know your neighbours and how to be informed.

Entry is open to Redlands Coast residents of all ages, but at least one person under 18 years and a local landmark or icon should feature in the video.

The winning video may be used to promote ‘Get Ready’ community messages through a range of channels during storm and bushfire season.

Entries close 30 September 2018.  For details, including full terms and conditions, visit

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Council sets out on Redlands Coast transport journey

How residents travel around the Redlands Coast was at the centre of two decisions made by Redland City Council in today’s General Meeting.

The first decision saw Councillors endorse the Draft Redlands Coast Transport strategy for community engagement, while councillors also unanimously supported a Mayoral Minute for Council to make a submission to a State Government inquiry into the future of transport technology.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the endorsement of the Draft Redlands Coast Transport Strategy would give residents the opportunity to have their say on the future direction of transport planning on Redlands Coast.

“Transport, both road and public transport infrastructure, is undoubtedly one of the most consistent topics of conversation in our community, which is why Council identified an updated transport strategy as one of our key priorities,” she said.

“In 2015 we held a series of transport forums across the city and this draft strategy is informed by those forums, as well as engagement with key transport organisations and providers.

“Our community has told us they want to be able to get around the city faster and safer and want to see the major roads in and out of the city upgraded along with key public transport infrastructure such as the Cleveland Rail line.”

Cr Williams said an important next step of the strategy was hearing from residents, businesses, schools and transport partners on what transport issues were important to them.

“As part of the consultation process we will ask residents what they think our priorities should be to help guide delivery of Council’s transport initiatives and advocacy to state and federal governments, transport providers and neighbouring local governments.

“State and federal MPs will also be engaged directly, and information will be provided to raise community awareness about the transport network and which level of government was responsible for which transport corridor and service.

“Our journey to a more effective and efficient transport network is just starting. This won’t be completed overnight, nor can Council take this journey alone.

“The State Government is responsible for many of the major transport opportunities across Redlands Coast, including the majority of roads in and out of the Coast, public transport and rail.

“This is why a key part of this strategy will be to advocate to other levels of government and encourage them to prioritise the projects, road upgrades and public transport services our community needs.”

“The Redlands Coast Transport Strategy will be followed by a series of implementation plans, which is where the rubber hits the road through the identification of on the ground priorities and projects our residents will see in their neighborhoods and along their daily commute.”

Cr Williams said Council would make the case for better transport technology to meet local challenges as part of their submission to the State Government Transport and Public Works Committee inquiry into Transport Technology.

“The Redlands Coast has some unique transport challenges and our submission will encourage the State Government to remove some of the existing barriers to the technology that may meet these challenges,” she said.

“An example of these technologies is Autonomous Vehicles, and we have been trying to encourage the State Government to trial these vehicles on our island communities.

“We will also use our submission to highlight the transport challenges and increased transport costs for our island communities, as well as the challenges our island based residents face in accessing employment and social services.”

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Council endorsed Education and Training Industry Sector Plan for Redlands Coast

Council today endorsed its Education and Training Industry Sector Plan 2018-2023, which supports the delivery of Council’s Economic Development Framework 2014-2041(EDF).

With the education and training industry being Redlands Coast’s third largest employer, contributing 4.5 per cent of the Coast’s economic output, the Education and Training Industry Sector Plan focuses on three areas:

  • Fostering collaboration and strategic partnerships
  • Growing higher education and alternative learning pathways and supporting emerging industries
  • Growing international education

Mayor Karen Williams said the plan recognised the strength of the education and training industry sector in the Redlands Coast economy and the potential for further growth, with detailed actions to realise the economic benefits.

She said strategies and recommendations included growing international education and a university sector, establishing a centre of excellence in education for the ageing, developing a health and education precinct, and engaging the community in education and life-long learning.

“Redlands Coast is well placed to benefit from the education and training industry sector,” she said.

“We have an abundance of features that would be attractive to international students, including a beautiful, natural environment and access to Aboriginal culture, and we have significant goodwill from commercial and government organisations in growing international education.

“As our population grows and also ages, ensuring we have education and training facilities here will help retain our students as their needs expand.

“It will also meet the education needs of older people, the training needs for the workforce caring for a rapidly ageing population, and increase demand from outside the Coast.

“Our ageing population also offers significant opportunity to be a national leader in the provision of education and training services for older populations, particularly active and involved ageing in which life-long learning is embraced.”

Chair of the Redlands Economic Development Advisory Board Sam Kennedy said that the economic development framework, endorsed by Council in 2015, provided clear direction for business and economic growth and development on Redlands Coast.

“The EDF focuses on the key industry sectors of health care and social assistance, education and training, tourism, manufacturing, construction, retail trade, high value-add services and rural enterprises,” Ms Kennedy said.

Through the EDF, Council is committed to local economic growth, local employment opportunities, and ensuring the Redlands Coast community benefits from any improved local economic capacity.

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Council continues to negotiate over Commonwealth-owned Birkdale land

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams will meet with yet another Federal Government MP in Canberra later this month as Council continues to try and secure the Federal Government land in Birkdale for the community.

Cr Williams told today’s Council meeting that the recent Federal Government reshuffle would mean starting from scratch with new Assistant Minister for Treasury and Finance Zed Seselja who she has asked to meet with in Canberra later this month.

“This is the fifth member of parliament I will have dealt with regarding this land since we started negotiating with the government in 2015,” Cr Williams said.

“While it is frustrating to have to start the conversation again I am committed to ensuring this land is not used for housing as outlined in May’s Federal Budget.”

Cr Williams gave the commitment during today’s General Meeting where Councillors considered establishing a Community Reference Group (CRG) to decide the future use of the land.

“Council’s current intention is that the land should be retained for community use, such as educational facilities and recreation, with detailed investigations and engagement likely to proceed when Council is able to secure the land.”

Cr Williams said the priority was to ensure the land was retained for the community in a way that protects its environmental and cultural significance.

“As part of their divestment process the Federal Government is undertaking a series of studies on the land, including cultural heritage and environmental significance and we will be able to use this information during our due diligence and community consultation.

“If negotiations progress and Council determines that a CRG should be formed, it is expected that an expression of interest process would also be run to allow community members to nominate to be part of the group.”

In May the land was identified for divestment in the Federal Budget, prompting Cr Williams to lobby the Federal Government to rescind its decision and sell the property to Council off-market.

At the time Cr Williams launched a petition on which was signed by 6,000 people wanting to save the land from being used for housing.

“In May we made our feelings known when more than 6,000 people signed the petition and told the Federal Government we don’t want this land used for housing,” Cr Williams said.

“Now we have to start the conversation again and so I am urging everyone to again make their feelings known by signing the petition, so we can secure the land and then undertake the necessary consultation and studies to ultimately ensure the land is not lost to the community.”

Cr Williams said during her upcoming visit to Canberra she would also meet with Air Services Australia regarding their parcel of land adjoining the ACMA property.

The properties, currently owned by the Australian Communications and Media Authority and Air Services Australia, are located at 362-388 and 392 Old Cleveland Road East, Birkdale.

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