Recycling is one of the easiest ways to reduce the amount of waste that is sent to landfill, however, contamination can make your recycling efforts go to waste.
Recycling is good for the environment, the economy and the local community.
Below are some helpful resources to understand the recycling process.
- Contamination can make your recycling efforts go to waste
- Where does the waste go
- Bin it right - know what goes - A-Z Waste Guide Index (PDF,123kB)
These items CAN be recycled
- newspaper, paper, magazines and brochures
- cardboard boxes
- glass bottles and jars (no lids)
- milk, soft drink and water bottles (no lids)
- steel and aluminium cans and empty aerosols
- rigid plastic containers and bottles from the kitchen, bathroom and laundry (no lids)
Not all products with a recycle symbol can be recycled at our MRF, so remember to check the Recycling Fact Sheet (PDF,1.6MB)
These items CANNOT be recycled
- polystyrene foam
- wax coated cartons (eg milk cartons)
- takeaway coffee cups and lids
- aluminium trays (eg pie tray)
- light globes, mirrors and window glass
- food scraps
- ceramics, crockery and glasses
- chemicals and pesticides
- soil, rocks, grass or tree cuttings
- gas bottles, batteries, paint and oil
- syringes and medical waste
- plastic bags, packets and film
- No bagging - never bag recycling or put it inside a box. Always place recycling items loose in the bin.
- Rinse and squash - give recyclable containers (jars, bottles) a quick rinse and squash before placing them in the recycling bin.
- Remove lids - take lids off plastic bottles and glass items before placing them in the recycling bin.
- Green waste - up to 4.3 or 1 tonne can be disposed of at all Council tips and transfer stations free of charge. Branches, limbs and trunks are to be no more than 1200mm in length and 400mm in diameter. Anything greater than this size may incur a disposal charge.
- Liquid waste - the only liquid waste accepted for recycling is motor oil and cooking oil. These can only be accepted at the Granville, Maryborough and Tinana sites. Gatehouse staff can advise of where the oils can be placed.
Recycling at transfer stations or tips
Fraser Coast Waste offers residents free disposal of the following items at any of the tips or transfer stations in the region.
- clean green waste (conditions apply);
- waste oil up to 20 litres;
- car batteries;
- car bodies; or
- clean recyclable materials (glass bottles and jars, plastic bottles and containers, paper and cardboard, steel and aluminium cans and aerosols). Cardboard must be flattened and free of polystyrene and plastics.
For more information download the recycling at transfer stations or tips fact sheet(PDF,1.4MB)
Donate unwanted household items in good condition to the resuse market.
Reusing, up cycling or repurposing items means that they don't end up in landfill.
Council operates two (2) reuse markets at the Maryborough and Hervey Bay Waste Facility.
The opening hours are:
- Maryborough Reuse Market - Wednesday, Friday, Sunday from 8am to 4pm
- Hervey Bay Reuse Market- Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday from 8am to 4pm
The Resuse Markets are closed on Good Friday and Anzac Day.
Accepted items include:
- household bric a brac;
- white goods;
- electrical goods;
- sporting equipment;
- gardening equipment ie. lawn mower; or
- e-waste ie. televisions, computers and accessories, laptops, iPads/tablets and mobile phones.
For further information, please contact Fraser Coast Waste on 1300 79 49 29.